By Elise Moore
Once a year, girls residence halls get to open their dorm room doors to BOYS! Notice I said girls instead of women because they must think we are children. The limitation of disallowing boys to enter the girls dorms and vice versa reminds me of the “Little Rascals,” where a bunch of 5-year-old boys wouldn’t allow girls into their clubhouse because they thought they had “cooties.” Even so, by the end of that movie girls and boys came to the realization that they could work out their differences and be together in a shared space harmoniously.
Even as a young child I was allowed to have boys in my room; in fact, I grew up with brothers. I realize this is different since there is no attraction between us; however, after spending my whole life around boys, being completely separated from them was and still is a culture shock. I remember years ago going to visit my brothers at their private conservative Christian college. There, girls could only go up to the boys dorm rooms between certain set hours during the day with adequate supervision so there was no sketchy business going on. That same brother came to PUC to visit me one time and was curious to see my dorm room but was not allowed up.
Segregating students based on sex has many effects on this campus and some are positive, but most seem pretty negative. Some of the positives include being able to shower at any time of the day without a boy having to see you in your bath robe and without makeup, and no boy cooties. I am sure that the administrators and enforcers of this rule would like to believe that keeping men and women separate at all times except for a few hours under extreme supervision will also keep them from having sexual relations, but I cannot help but laugh at this. Maybe that worked in academy, but contrary to the belief that we are children, we are actually men and women. I am sorry to be the one to break it to you but the saying “where there’s a will there’s a way” does not only apply to getting the grade you want. I’ll let you all figure that out.
Then there are the negatives. I believe the separation between males and females in residence halls has truly created a mentality of segregation. I know most of us have adjusted to this environment and have found times and ways to hang out with friends whether they are guys or gals, but is it just me or do you see groups of guys on one side and groups of girls on the other at certain events or in classes? Then there is the co-ed intramurals which maybe compensates for the lack of intermingling. And finally there is all of the public space, but personally I’d rather be in the comfort of my room. Honestly I think these regulations at best teach us how to find alternatives for hanging out with our male and female counterparts, which sometimes leads to dangerous or desperate situations and further rule breaking.
So ladies and gentlemen, hope you enjoyed your couple of hours together in our women’s residence halls.