I was out with my suitemate and a male student asked her what her major was, it's computer science and politics, to which he replied 'you're way too pretty to be doing that subject'. Was that meant to be complimentary??
A man in my class was discussing the need for the labor women do and have done in U.S. history, especially due to the fact that it was not considered “work,” being domestic labor. He then looked to all the men in the class and said, “this is why you need a woman in your house, men. Get yourself a woman.” I was not smiling (for obvious reasons) and just looking ahead, so he put his hand on my arm and said, “You’re important.” I responded, “cool.” He laughed heartily and said, “Cool!"
After telling a man who was in the class about this. He was laughing and was genuinely surprised about this. He then told me what I should have done about this, which he said I should have asked him “what am I important for?” Like I don’t know my place here and the value this man sees in me as an entity to men, not an individual.
As I came out of my class this morning, I was intercepted by an older white man who asked me what the class was. When I tell him it’s a history class, he asks, “are you talking about capitalism?” I respond, “Yes, we’re talking about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, tobacco, sugar…” and he interrupts “Well that’s capitalism! I think that time period gave capitalism a bad rep. You know, in that time you had to be really tough to make it happen, it was a dog-eat-dog world. But capitalism isn’t bad.”
He points at me and continues, “You know if you were in the Soviet Union right now you would wouldn’t have those opportunities; you would be a housewife.” He pauses and looks at me, “But you’re pretty, so they would have you do something else.”
I am Facebook friends with a girl who went to the Claremonts and she posts a lot of #bluelivesmatter posts. It’s disheartening to me to see someone our age who has such a lack of regard for the #blacklivesmatter movement.
When I was a first year, I was in Intro French with a lot of other first years from multiple Claremont Colleges. Whenever we would talk about which school we went to and I said I went to Scripps, people in that class would ask me why I chose a women’s college. Their tones of voice always made it sound like they thought it was weird that I would go to a school that didn’t have any boys at it, as if that was what I should be basing my college decisions around.
I overheard someone leaving the dinning hall's Thanksgiving dinner saying, "I hate when Thanksgiving ends because the very next day that's when the overwhelming Christian takeover happens" (I'm assuming they were referring to the Christmas season)
I overheard two guys at CMC talking about Trump and one guy was saying how America is spiraling out of control and that a lot of people will be negatively affected by him. And the other guy said, "Dude, we're straight rich white guys living in California. We don't have to worry about a damn thing."
The following is an email I just received that was sent out to Scripps students. I feel it speaks for itself:
"Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,
I’m writing to inform you that we have found two additional acts of provocative criminal vandalism on campus, these at Kimberly Hall. The same symbols and words from this morning were once again used, and were also found in two locations on the Harvey Mudd campus. The graffiti read “#MAGA” and “Pepe.” The former refers to Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” and the latter to a green frog that has been appropriated as a hate symbol by the alt-right. The Anti-Defamation League has added Pepe to their list of hate symbols. It conveys white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant attitudes, and other ideas that are based in hate. I am deeply disturbed that these sentiments would be expressed anywhere, and we simply will not tolerate expressions of hate here at Scripps College. If you have any information about these incidents, please contact Campus Safety (909-607-2000) or a trusted staff member.
This is a painful time for our community. Please support each other. We are researching additional resources to address the psychological and emotional toll of these events.
I was a hanging out with a bunch of my friends and they were all complaining about their boyfriends and the guys they’re dating. Then they all turned to me and were like “you’re so lucky you’re into girls” and “it must be so much easier." It’s frustrating when straight women assume being a lesbian is somehow easier when a lot of times its been pretty challenging.
A random guy was talking to me and he asked me if I was Jewish. I told him I wasn’t and he said, “Really? I’m surprised. You have the nose for it. You just look very physically Jewish.”