posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 01:11 PM
In my Freshman year of College I took the Anthropological course "Man, Myth and Magic". I was immediately told by all my friends that I showed my
course list to that "no male has ever lasted longer than a week in that class! The professor is a man-hater!" Still not discouraged, I gave it a
try. Sure enough, she took every chance she could to belittle the few males in the class until they all dropped out. I, and another close friend,
chose to stick it out, and we were the only males that ever did. We didn't take anything she said or did personal, and just bit our tongues and
focused on the course.
At the end of the Semester, the professor had a ritual ceremony on the last day of class for the sole purpose to award my friend and I certificates
that made us "Honorary Women". In her mind, she couldn't come to terms with the fact that we were men, and that perhaps not all men are bad. So, it
was easier for her instead to make us "women".
After that Semester, I took a couple of other classes from her and they all went very well. We developed a very good rapport, both in and out of
class. She turned out, in the end, to be one of my more favorite instructors from college.
Sometimes professors are jerks. Professors are people, and most of them have been stuck in the Academic World for so long that they are throwbacks to
a different Age. Some have personal issues (like my professor that I mentioned had gone through 3 husbands, all of which ended up serving life
sentences in prison for the things they did while they were married to her, and after finding that out, I could empathize with why she would have such
a negative outlook on men.), but it's important not to take them personal.
Think about the hundred or so students they see every Semester. Most of their students don't want to be there. Most of their students don't care
about the material. Most of their students are more concerned with their grades (whether they earned it or not). Most of their students are not
properly educated to begin with and somehow shamefully made it into college despite being barely literate. After a while, the Professors stop caring
about their students, just as their students don't really care about the class or the material.
The first two weeks into a class especially, the professor is going to be harder than they would normally. During that time if you show a genuine
sincerity and interest in being in class and learning the material, and display an above average understanding of what is being presented in class,
are respectful and considerate even despite his attempts to belittle you in class, then the professor will eventually warm up to you and things will
change for the better.
But then again, they might be a jerk through and through and won't.
Still, you are paying for the class, and you don't *NEED* to be there, and thus you don't really *NEED* to take his b.s.
Personally, I would ask for a meeting with the professor outside of class. Discuss with him your concerns. If he doesn't address them or take them
into consideration, then drop the class. If he continues to belittle you, even though you chose to be respectful to him, then consider a grievance.