The Arts: A Man in a Woman’s World?

Dilhan Salgado D’Arcy explores the arts subjects.

Getting used to this semester’s tutorials was certainly an adjustment. They were at awkward times and in awkward places. One of them involved running desperately down North Street to arrive panting, sweaty and usually several minutes late. Another gave me only a narrow window of time to finish lunch, forcing me to shovel down hall food as if I had just escaped a famine and entered a Michelin-starred restaurant. But the other adjustment was slightly different. In all three of my tutorials, I had found myself being one of only two male students in the entire room.

Although it is generally accepted that universities usually have more women than men, with St Andrews in particular being 57.8% female, being one of only two blokes in every tutorial was something I hadn’t expected. Perhaps the reason wasn’t so much the ratio of men to women in the university as a whole, but the ratio of men and women who, like me, were not only studying arts subjects, but some of the most arty arts subjects this institution has to offer (I’m looking at you, Anthropology).

Initially, I questioned why there was such a discrepancy, why so many of my brethren had abandoned the arts. Indeed, looking back, being an artsy boy wasn’t necessarily the most desirable characteristic to have. At school I learnt very quickly that reciting “The Jabberwocky” by heart wasn’t going to impress people nearly as much as scoring the winning goal. It was easier not to show too much enthusiasm for glitter when it was brought out in art class – a repression I thankfully no longer have.

But none of this stopped me being good at arts subjects, and nothing stopped me loving them. No number of snickers and jibes could hold me back from pursuing the things that I wanted to do and, several years later, I find myself studying entirely arts subjects at St Andrews, my top choice university.

It is clear that social pressures exist. But we have both the power and the agency to overcome them. This isn’t merely the case for men studying the arts but, in many cases, for women studying the sciences too. We’ve set ourselves goals and worked hard to realise them, despite other people’s opinions of what is or what is not an appropriate subject to do.

It is for this reason and this reason alone, that it is important not to pressure men, or women for that matter, to study subjects which they are simply not interested in. While I may be hopeless at most STEM subjects, there are many men (believe me) who are just as terrible at the arts. As I made clear in a previous article, there are few things worse than studying a subject you are not good at and have no desire to do. Feeling pressure to do so would only add to this dilemma.

So why aren’t men told to take arts subjects? Because no one should be in a position of authority to decide what is best for you and your future, regardless of your gender. Except parents maybe – they’re probably the ones paying for the bloody thing. But with that exception, the only person who can do this is yourself.

And so I don’t mind being outnumbered in tutorials. I don’t mind being in a female-dominated classroom, a female-dominated subject or even a female-dominated university. If being a man in a woman’s world is the price of academic freedom, then it’s a small price to pay.

Comments

comments

94 thoughts on “The Arts: A Man in a Woman’s World?

  1. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative.
    I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future.
    Numerous people will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  2. Pingback: bitcoin era
  3. Pingback: DevOps
  4. Pingback: cheap costume wigs
  5. Pingback: 메이저놀이터
  6. Pingback: diamond art kits
  7. Pingback: fake watches
  8. Pingback: replica tag heuer
  9. Pingback: vfbhaept
  10. Pingback: prednisolone ac
  11. Pingback: dose of diflucan
  12. Pingback: soy and synthroid
  13. Pingback: define neurontin
  14. Pingback: fake rolex watches
  15. Pingback: diamond painting
  16. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

  17. Pingback: free dating in
  18. Shop a massive selection of Iced Out Pendants w/ Fast Shipping at https://www.msmjewelers.com all at discounted prices this Summer. MSM Jewelers – https://www.msmjewelers.com is having a huge Summer Jewelry sale & all of their Pendants, Watches, Bracelets & well.. basically everything is discounted! Supplies are running out fast. You don’t want to be sad when you see your friends fresh with all new bling & you missed out on these sales! Get to https://www.msmjewelers.com and get icy!

  19. By way of introduction, I am Mark Schaefer, and I represent Nutritional Products International. We serve both international and domestic manufacturers who are seeking to gain more distribution within the United States. Your brand recently caught my attention, so I am contacting you today to discuss the possibility of expanding your national distribution reach.We provide expertise in all areas of distribution, and our offerings include the following: Turnkey/One-stop solution, Active accounts with major U.S. distributors and retailers, Our executive team held executive positions with Walmart and Amazon, Our proven sales force has public relations, branding, and marketing all under one roof, We focus on both new and existing product lines, Warehousing and logistics. Our company has a proven history of initiating accounts and placing orders with major distribution outlets. Our history allows us to have intimate and unique relationships with key buyers across the United States, thus giving your brand a fast track to market in a professional manner. Please contact me directly so that we can discuss your brand further. Kind Regards, Mark Schaefer, [email protected], VP of Business Development, Nutritional Products International, 101 Plaza Real S, Ste #224, Boca Raton, FL 33432, Office: 561-544-0719

  20. Does anyone know what happened to Dimepiece LA celebrity streetwear brand? I seem to be unable to proceed to the checkout on Dimepiecela site. I’ve read in Marie Claire that they were acquired by a UK hedge fund in excess of $50 m. I have just bought the LA OG Crewneck Sweatshirt from Ebay and absolutely love it xox

  21. By way of introduction, I am Mark Schaefer, and I represent Nutritional Products International. We serve both international and domestic manufacturers who are seeking to gain more distribution within the United States. Your brand recently caught my attention, so I am contacting you today to discuss the possibility of expanding your national distribution reach.We provide expertise in all areas of distribution, and our offerings include the following: Turnkey/One-stop solution, Active accounts with major U.S. distributors and retailers, Our executive team held executive positions with Walmart and Amazon, Our proven sales force has public relations, branding, and marketing all under one roof, We focus on both new and existing product lines, Warehousing and logistics. Our company has a proven history of initiating accounts and placing orders with major distribution outlets. Our history allows us to have intimate and unique relationships with key buyers across the United States, thus giving your brand a fast track to market in a professional manner. Please contact me directly so that we can discuss your brand further. Kind Regards, Mark Schaefer, [email protected], VP of Business Development, Nutritional Products International, 101 Plaza Real S, Ste #224, Boca Raton, FL 33432, Office: 561-544-0719

  22. By way of introduction, I am Mark Schaefer, and I represent Nutritional Products International. We serve both international and domestic manufacturers who are seeking to gain more distribution within the United States. Your brand recently caught my attention, so I am contacting you today to discuss the possibility of expanding your national distribution reach.We provide expertise in all areas of distribution, and our offerings include the following: Turnkey/One-stop solution, Active accounts with major U.S. distributors and retailers, Our executive team held executive positions with Walmart and Amazon, Our proven sales force has public relations, branding, and marketing all under one roof, We focus on both new and existing product lines, Warehousing and logistics. Our company has a proven history of initiating accounts and placing orders with major distribution outlets. Our history allows us to have intimate and unique relationships with key buyers across the United States, thus giving your brand a fast track to market in a professional manner. Please contact me directly so that we can discuss your brand further. Kind Regards, Mark Schaefer, [email protected], VP of Business Development, Nutritional Products International, 101 Plaza Real S, Ste #224, Boca Raton, FL 33432, Office: 561-544-0719

  23. I operate a vape store submission site and we have had a posting from a vape shop in the USA that additionally sells CBD goods. A Month later, PayPal has contacted use to say that our account has been restricted and have asked us to take out PayPal as a payment method from our vape store directory site. We do not offer for sale CBD goods like CBD oil. We simply provide advertising and marketing services to CBD companies. I have had a look at Holland & Barrett– the UK’s Reputable Health Store and if you take a good look, you will witness that they offer for sale a rather extensive variety of CBD products, primarily CBD oil and they also happen to accept PayPal as a settlement solution. It appears that PayPal is applying double standards to many different companies. Due to this stipulation, I can no longer accept PayPal on my CBD-related web site. This has limited my payment possibilities and right now, I am seriously contingent on Cryptocurrency payments and straightforward bank transfers. I have spoken to a solicitor from a Magic Circle law practice in The city of london and they explained that what PayPal is doing is totally against the law and discriminatory as it should be applying a consistent criterion to all firms. I am yet to check with one more lawyer from a US law practice in The city of london to see what PayPal’s legal position is in the United States. Meanwhile, I would be extremely appreciative if anyone here at targetdomain could offer me with different payment processors/merchants that deal with CBD companies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Stand