Why do male students in Doloff’s assignment have more trouble that the female students getting started on their essays? Josey Moss Professor Bradley ENC 1102 9 October 2011 The Opposite Sex Imagine if you were the opposite sex. Steven Doloff assigned his students to write an essay as if they were the opposite sex. He noticed that the girls started to write immediately and seemed more enthusiastic than the boys, who seemed to have trouble getting started. The boys were less excited about this subject and wrote less than the girls did. Most men do not give much thought to what it might be like to be in a female’s shoes; this would make it harder for them to write about being female. Girls are more open to the assignment because females often try to analyze males and in doing this often imagine what it would be like to be a male. When men get together it is rare that the topic of conversation is ever about what it would be like to be a female. If men talk about women the conversation is usually about what the men like or don’t like about the woman. Not to say that a man would never care about a woman’s feelings, but he would not put himself in her place to understand her feelings. A woman’s logic differs from a man’s logic; a woman will often put herself in the place of a man in order to figure out what he may feel. I know that I have had the conversation on more than one occasion with my girlfriends about what it would be like to be a male. The female students of Doloff’s classes mostly write about “of envy men’s physical and social privileges, and curiosity regarding man’s true feelings concerning women,” and they all began to write immediately (Doloff 796). It is understandable that the girls in Doloff’s class wrote about these aspects of being a man, as I have often thought about many if these characteristics myself. The boy’s in the class were young men so the assignment was most likely the first time many of the boys had ever given any thought to what it might be like to be female. That would explain why “the male students tended to wait a while (in several cases half the period), in something of a daze, before starting” (Doloff 796). The boys in the class had to think about what it was like to be a girl before they started writing, whereas the girls had given it thought before ever given the assignment. This is why it took the boys longer to start the essay. Work Cited Doloff, Steve. “The Opposite Sex.” Exploring Literature. Ed. Frank Madden. Person, 2012. 5th ed. 796-797. Print.