If you are looking to read a story about how our editor-in-chief Leah Polakoff tried to sacrifice me, Valley’s only male writer, in hopes to gain a heavier male readership demographic, I hate to disappoint you…but this article does not contain any of that.
This is my first semester writing for Valley and it has been such a great experience, but there were a few drawbacks. Over an exciting first semester, I took note of my struggles and have decided to compose a tell all.
I should rephrase that, I do not have any salacious gossip about the girls of Valley but I have a semi-humorous perspective about the daily struggles of being the only male writer in a female-based lifestyle magazine.
Overheard at Meetings
**Editor’s Note: names have been removed for the protection of our staff and their female struggles.
“I hate when people look at me weird when I buy tampons. What do you want me to do about it?” asked one girl at Valley’s first meeting of the semester.
To this day, I still do not know who she is, but she did me a big favor. She prepared me for what I would continue to overhear at Valley and events for the semester.
Since then, I have overheard the following at meetings and events-
“My underwire is killing me right now. It is going to be heaven once I can take this off.”
“Luckily, there is only one of you, so your name will be easy to remember.”
What the Girls Have Taught Me
I feel like I have learned more about women this semester than I have than in my entire life. I now know that only certain body types should wear crop tops, there are many girls with a crush on a certain freshman quarterback and that there should be extra time in the day just for applying makeup.
In fact, I have learned so much I have practically become one, according to the Valley email list. Whenever Valley plans an event such as a dinner or a trip to the movies they send out the information via email. At the end of every email it is expressed that, this will be a great opportunity to “get to know the girls.”
Over the course of my semester with Valley, I have not only learned so much more about fashion, culture and style, but I have experienced what amazing accomplishments passionate women can do when they put their hearts and minds together.
In my opinion, there is a high probability that the rest of the university sees only female writers for this magazine. But now you know there is one male. In the end, I just hope that they don’t credit me as Stephanie Lynch.
Photo by Sam Florio