8 Signs You Are A Midwesterner Going To An East Coast School

8 Signs You Are A Midwesterner Going To An East Coast School

3. You are the only one that says "ope" every time you mess up
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When I moved to Syracuse University all those months ago, I did not know how much I would learn in those first few months. I have learned a lot about myself and others around me, but what really surprised me were the things I learned about the area in America that I was in. Being from one of the middle states, I did not know how different things would be.

If you are like me, I am sure you can relate to these 8 signs you most definitely aren't from one of the coasts.

1. You have no idea what Wawa is.

Apparently, gas stations are cool here?! Wawa is some monumentally important thing on the east coast.

2. You aren't allowed to be homesick.

While you are quite a ways from home, the west coasters won't let you say you're homesick. You aren't as far as them so it is forbidden to say you are homesick.

3. You are the only one that says "ope" everytime you mess up.

I guess this is just a Midwest thing? Every single time I make a mistake or mess up, "ope" comes out of my mouth. And I am literally the only one that does that.

4. You aren't allowed to be "used to the weather."

Even though you have seen snow and have experienced some crazy weather it doesn't count. No one will let you hear the end of east coast weather is the worst.

5. Dunkin Donuts is everywhere.

You see one right off the highway and then two stores down there is another. You can never escape them. If you weren't a fan before, you definitley will be soon.

6. No one knows where your state is on the map.

Ohio and Minnesota! They are right next to each other, right? ...No, no they are not.

7. You never have anything cool to say about your town.

All these people from the west coast or those living on the east coast all have amazing things that have happened or places that are famous. And you are just over here like ... "my dog is really cool?"

8. You are a part of a small group of people.

Your university is obviously dominated by east coasters going to their parent's alma maters or not wanting to go too far from home, or west coasters trying to get far far away from home. And you? You just went for the academics, the distance, but not too much distance, or whatever it is that you came here for.

We may be few but we are mighty.

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Being A Lesbian Sucks

To women who say they wish they were a lesbian; you don't.

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My girlfriend is not a man, obviously so because she is my girlfriend, emphasis on girl. Society has been conditioned with men holding the power. In a world dominated by men being a lesbian has more problems than just homophobia.

There is an automatic assumption that because we are not with a man we are single. Without the dominating presence of a man other men feel safe to come on to women in lesbian relationships, whether they know we are together or not. We aren't always in a safe situation to say we are together so if he doesn't pick up on the social cues it only gives us two options: politely laugh and attempt to remove ourselves from the situation or say we aren't interested. Both options are equal in undesirability and saying we are uninterested can lead to them just pushing harder. The boyfriend card usually works, but lying about our relationship makes us feel terrible.

The fetishizing of lesbian couples and threesomes are a problem because of media and porn. They hyper-sexualize lesbian relationships until they are nothing but sex. From this the winning question, "Do you want to have a threesome?" With the assumption both or one woman in the relationship is a lesbian and not bisexual, pansexual, or etc. A threesome with a man is completely out of the question. The thing about lesbians is that we like women not men, a threesome with a man goes against our identity as a lesbian and makes no sense. And even if both women are bisexual a normal man wouldn't walk up to a straight couple and pop the question of a threesome. So don't do it to us.

We also find ourselves being disrespected as a customer in a professional setting. Men in job positions belittle women who are at the mechanic, the lawyer, the doctors offices, and the bank, for just a few examples. They assume we don't know anything and are ignorant, so they treat us with no respect. They attempt to manipulate us for this and that to achieve their own personal gain. Without a man lesbian couples are even more subject to this because we don't get any respect. A man will be immediately respected and in a healthy relationship he can establish a power balance with his woman partner to the person in charge. Lesbians, (and other single women) don't have these short cuts. We have to establish ourselves then and there for having worth and show we deserve to be treated like full grown adults. Hopefully we also have the knowledge to not suffer from manipulation.

The difference in skill sets is something that can be a problem for everyone in this sexist society. We associate pink with girls and boys with blue. Girls with cooking and guys with tools. Most of us were taught different things and learned different skill sets. Most women I know, including me, don't know how to change a tire. How many young men go off to college having never done laundry in their life? With lesbians we usually don't know an important skill that was specifically taught to men. We might not know cars, or tools, or how to tile a floor. We are set back in our development as fully functional people in a unit. We lack key skill sets that were predetermined for men, unlike straight couples where there is usually a balance of skill sets.

The problems that arise from lesbian relationships are problems associated with a male dominating society and the gender division we face along with it. To abolish these we have to achieve equality and work on teaching the generations to follow that women are just as good as men. It's tough being a woman and a lesbian even harder.

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