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Has No Idea What Is On The A-Gender

, , , , , | Learning | December 29, 2017

I am in a college English Language class, but for some reason a substitute teacher has decided to bring in some strange gender theory that means nothing to our coursework, exam prep, or subject. She has conducted an experiment with three groups: one of all girls, one of all boys, and one of a roughly equal mix.

Unfortunately, for whatever theories she is trying to demonstrate, she says this as we are entering the classroom, and consequently we all sit in the groups she requested with no difficulty… by sitting in the seats we always sat in. One table now consists of all girls who have been a friendship group since they were eleven, one is all boys who mostly form up the college football team and their close friends, and the third table, mine, is a group of mixed gender people who usually annoy our regular teacher by goofing off for most of the lessons and yet still turning in technically perfect assignments. At once, we see that whatever this new person is trying to prove is doomed to fail.

The sub then announces that we are to build the tallest house of cards we can in twenty minutes; her wording, however, is that she will measure from the table to the top card, not that she will measure the number of tiers or how many cards are used. Her second mistake.

The third mistake is to then attempt to use this twenty minutes to do something else which involves leaving the room. She sets a timer and leaves. The all-girl table immediately sets to work trying to make a house of cards, finding that the table is too smooth and the cards too slippery to get much resistance. The all-boy table decides that they have already lost and it is much more important to talk about other things and mess around. And my mixed table also decides we have things that really need doing: mostly discussing who is the biggest diva between a guy and a girl who accidentally came in with the same handbag. But in the final few minutes, we do have the presence of mind to haul a few chairs onto the table, stick a bottle of water on top, then balance the whole pack of cards on the bottle, thus creating what is by far the greatest distance between table and highest card.

At the teacher’s return, she attempts to argue that it is gender that dictates the fact that the girl group tried, the boy group didn’t, and the mixed group cheated. Never did find out what point she was trying to make, but we did all fail our next exam, regardless of gender, as a third of the material was never covered with us.

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