However, as much as I value my Barnard education, I’d be lying if I said the experience was nothing but the image of sweater-clad collegiettes™ on the quad—you know, the ivy-covered, pumpkin-spice latte-inducing picture they present on the college brochure.In other words, it’s not ALWAYS an empowering, inspiring, engaging hub of intellectual feminist debate. (Particularly since there’s complete cross-enrollment between Barnard and Columbia.) But socially, I’ve always felt marginally deprived of dormcest, straight male friends, and bonding with the dudes from my freshman hall.There are things that I love and things that could be better.
Yet, despite her ancient stature, Wonder Woman remains the most mythopoetically potent and popular contemporary superwoman to grace contemporary culture, especially among girls and women who claim her as an early feminist inspiration.
And my sense is that Barnard is not an exception to the rule in this regard—many women’s colleges offer equally impressive resources, initiatives, and opportunities.
Plus, for some reason, our student body president, club leaders, and valedictorian are always women. Top that all off with engaged, engaging, curious, brilliant, and ambitious classmates, and you’ve got a recipe for success that makes those crazy statistics seem like more of a foregone conclusion than a mathematical fluke.
And this despite that she wears, what New York Times writer Vanessa Friedman dissed, 'a bathing suit'.
That's -- the making of new myths -- especially those myths that are reflective of the generations and cultures of the day.