From a Newsweek essay by Princeton writing professor Evan Thomas on "assessing how boys and girls influence each other": "After Dartmouth went coed in the '70s, said [a] dean, she had hoped that the women would civilize the men. Instead, the opposite happened: the men made ruffians of the women...The women [in my writing class at Princeton] are strong and confident and often outperform the boys. They are as career-minded and focused as their male peers. But there are some shadows. Not a few of them seem sad about a social system that prizes the one-night hookup and downplays (and indeed has pretty well eliminated) courtship. There is probably less heedless college sex than parents fear, and we should be thankful for the confidence and toughness that many girls show. Still, it's too bad that the boys have not progressed as far as the girls. The Dartmouth dean was right: the girls could have a civilizing effect on the boys. But I don't think it will happen until the girls insist on it—that the boys treat them with more respect." Thoughts? [Newsweek]

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@nikaoh: i sympathize with you— my boss insists on calling me "dear," which i find both ooky and demeaning. i mean, i know i'm the same age as his daughter, but a) we are NOT close b)seriously, we're NOT CLOSE and c) i'm his fucking employee, not his kid.

also, i'm pretty sure he does it because he's too lazy to remember my name. even though there are only 4 females int he whole damn building.