The Stygian Void Is Female

, , , , , | Learning | October 3, 2017

(I am currently taking a female modernist literature course. During one of our class discussions, our professor gives off a list of words, and after each one, we are to name its “opposite.” Afterwards, she says which side is stereotypically associated with the male or female gender. It is pretty basic at first: sun/moon, reason/illogical, etc. Then, the professor gets to the word “soul.”)

Professor: “How about ‘soul?’ Anyone?”

Classmate #1: “‘Body?’”

Classmate #2: “I’d say ‘body.’”

(This is echoed by my fellow classmates, save one girl who speaks up in a dark voice.)

Classmate #3: “THE ABYSS.”

(Everyone stops talking for a second and stares at her. The girl just sits there, smiling as if she’s done nothing unusual.)

Classmate #1: “I like hers better!”

(The classroom agreed and the professor happily jotted it down.)

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