Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 01/6/2012

Finals and the Curse of the Perfect Girl

The number one question my high school friends always ask me whenever we chat now is, “So are you sick of being around all those girls yet?” Despite the fact that I have attempted to explain my decision to attend a women’s college a seemingly infinite amount of times, I always answer no – that being around women has been a really supportive experience, a nice change of pace and a really beneficial academic experience so far. Or at least that was my answer up until finals.

The thing is, I go to an extremely competitive, academically rigorous school. I don’t really care what the official rankings are, all I know is that I am surrounded by the most hyper-motivated, incredibly intelligent people I have ever encountered. This was something …

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Feminism | Posted by Lizzie M on 10/28/2011

My Sexuality Is None Of Your Business, Thanks

Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke

Probably the most common thing I hear regarding my collegiate matriculation selection is one of a pejorative why I would ever, in-the-name-of-sanity, select to attend an all-female institution. Unsurprisingly, I have a lengthy and rather complicated reply that first must unpack the question (like a true Mount Holyoke Woman, assuredly). This answer, as you have no doubt gleaned, is one I am indirectly (but also directly) answering in these five posts illustrating facets to life here that I love.

However. This is, as the Buddhists would say, a question wrongly asked.

To begin: Mount Holyoke may exclusively admit women only, but not all of its students identify according to the gender binary, and some are in the midst of a sex change whilst at MHC. I am not …

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Articles, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/26/2011

Campus Confidential: My Freshman Year, I Vow To Major In Unafraid

Barnard College

Barnard College

I’m proud to announce that for the next school year, I’ll be writing a column for The Frisky about my Freshman year in college. I’ll be writing about everything from frat parties to relationships to financial aid, all from a feminist perspective. The first post in this series was published this week, and is reprinted below. I hope you guys like it and continue to read!

I wouldn’t say that I was a nerd in high school. Although I have adopted the art of procrastination as ardently and with as much love as if it were a tiny puppy alone on the side of the road in a rainstorm, I did in fact manage to get some studying in. But despite grades and test scores that were …

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Feminism | Posted by Anna D on 08/19/2011

Go East, Young Woman

Wellesley College

Wellesley College

Ever since I made my decision to attend Wellesley College, I find myself having to defend it to most of my high school classmates. Many of them know nothing about the school, and when I tell them about it they ignore its academic reputation and amazing alumnae. To them, it is simply a women’s college. And since I’ve decided to go there, they have surmised that I must hate men, am a lesbian or am doomed to life as a crazy cat lady.

It gets tiresome hearing my classmates’ reasons why I shouldn’t go. One boy even told me, “You won’t know how to interact with men past the age of 18.” (Forget the fact that I will have male professors and will interact with some …

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Feminism | Posted by Nellie B on 10/22/2009

It’s a Woman’s College, Not a Girl’s School

womens colleges

women's colleges

In the fall of my senior year, as I fill out the endless applications, I can look back on those endless college visits and breathe a sigh of relief at being done.  No more awkward waits in reception areas with other nervous teens.  No more interviews in which one must brag about superior academic, leadership and social skills.  And best of all, no more tours.

I’ve been privileged enough to look at and consider several small liberal arts schools.  As the archetypal teenage feminist, I tended to gravitate towards either very liberal schools or women’s colleges (the two often go together).  On the tours,  I stood out as the weird girl who kept asking about the libraries and double majors rather than the partying opportunities.  On a memorable …

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