Has girls’ night out turned into every night out? Ladies, are you looking for love at Josephine’s while all the bros are belting out “Party in the USA” at Garrett’s Tavern? Is your Valentine’s Day really Singles Awareness Day (just plain S.A.D.)?
With GW’s male-to-female breakdown at 43 percent male and 57 percent female, it seems like all the cute, straight and available men are nowhere to be found. A recent New York Times article reported similar situations at campuses across the country.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, is it wise to take action into your own hands, Sadie-Hawkins style, and ask a guy out? Sure, it may seem scary, or for some, a crime against nature – but it can be done.
“It’s really romantic when a girl asks a guy out,” freshman Jacob Zachs said. “Guys like it but girls don’t like it. It takes the pressure off of us.”
Elyce Cole, a senior, said girls asking guys out can be beneficial to communication between the sexes.
“I recognize that guys would like it if girls were more clear and direct in what they want instead of beating around the bush,” Cole said. “Letting him know that you’re interested takes the pressure off of the whole thing.”
She recommends that girls can make the first move, as long as it is subtle. “If it’s not reciprocated, then you back away,” Cole said.
Junior Chris Kuchmek said, “I love it when a girl asks me out. Except it can suck if it’s one of those girls who you know likes you but you don’t want them to like you. Then it’s really hard to turn them down.”
Some guys interviewed, however, said they like to keep things old-fashioned and prefer to ask girls out themselves.
Matt Shoemaker, a senior, said he prefers taking the lead.
“I think there is more of a bad connotation when a girl chases the guy. The girl becomes more aggressive and it’s rather off-putting for a guy,” he said. “At first, it’s nice to have someone that interested in you, but then she denies the guy from being a man and pursuing the girl.”
Sophomore Blake Eisenberg said that girls who ask guys out are “too aggressive and too demanding.” He said, “They should just let things happen, because they will happen if it’s meant to be. They shouldn’t force it. For it to work out in the end, for it to be a positive relationship, you need the guy to also like the girl.”
Hatchet reporters Miranda Green and Jennifer Tchinnosian contributed to this report.