I appreciate the free self-defense classes that are offered to women (and men) on campus here at Virginia Tech. While in a perfect world, we wouldn't have to worry about having to defend ourselves, being able to do so is definitely an empowering skill.
When I saw that the weight room in the gym was being cleared for a women-only session, I was totally jazzed. It's intimidating to walk into a room of sweaty dudes and try to figure out how to use some obscure piece of equipment. I think it's great that the gym took a day to make sure that the ladies on campus had a chance to learn how to use that stuff.
I'm having a hard time, however, with how our cafeterias decided to celebrate Women's History Month. Don't get me wrong -- I'm glad they're acknowledging it. But... cupcakes?
Like I said, I'm glad that there's something going down, but could they have chosen a more stereotypical way to celebrate? Perhaps I'm just oversensitive about this, but this struck me as sexist, and almost made me want to not go to the event. But, you know, the siren song of sugar...
I feel like it would be far more awesome if something that women generally didn't cook was the focus of this event. Ladies don't get to grill a lot, for example. What if there was a grilling demonstration? I'd go to that in a hot second.
I guess I'm just peeved that for Women's History Month, instead of encouraging college women to get out there and learn new things and challenge stereotypes, they seem to suggest that we get our girly asses back in the kitchen.