Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Male Animal as an Academic Study

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

The Male Animal as an Academic Study

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I WAS born too late. Now, you can go to college to study men. This is one subject where I wouldn't mind an all-nighter.

We used to joke that's why some women went to college: to study men.

But now schools are serious. The Washington Post says men's studies are hot subjects on campus. "In academic courses, in campus forums and workshops, colleges nationwide are embracing a new subject to study and debate: men," the paper said. I noticed some of those students embracing, right in public, too. They appeared to be studying the suction of the human lip. The newspaper says men are being studied on campuses from Colorado to New York. Even sensible Midwest states like Michigan and Illinois have schools with men's studies. The courses and workshops have titles like: "From Intimacy Phobic to Intimacy Junkie: A New Path for Men" and "The Nature of Men." My mother gave me a lecture on "The Nature of Men" when I went off to college. She said they were only interested in One Thing. This was a no-credit lecture: I didn't get any credit, and neither did the men. I can just imagine what Mom would have thought of something called "King Lear and Fathering." That's about male roles in the family. The Washington Post also reports: "At Hobart College in New York, faculty are tackling the topic with a class called `Theories of Masculinity.' In it, students have explored the male predicament by reading, among other works, the novel `Deliverance.' " They also saw the movie "City Slickers." The paper assures us these are not goof-off courses. The classes spark serious and intense discussions. The paper sounded surprised that women take these courses. I'm not surprised. We want to learn about men. Many women say these alluring, mysterious creatures are easy to attract, but they can be difficult to keep and domesticate. Some women have gone through herds of men before they found one they could live with. Studying males and their habits might have saved them many unhappy hours at singles watering holes. …

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