I’m sitting in the student common room, as are some other students I don’t know. A rerun comes on the TV - one of those shows where someone who’s perpetually single goes on a date, “experts” tell them what they’re doing wrong, they get set challenges like “dress better” or “wax your eyebrows” or “go up to a stranger and flirt with them, then ask if they’ll buy you a drink/kiss you,” and at the end they go on another date and see if what they’ve learnt makes them more successful. It basically suggests that only people conforming to an extremely narrow definition of gender roles will ever be found attractive, teaches you to act totally fake and completely change your personality,
People start laughing at the program’s more ridiculous suggestions. Before long, the entire room - irrespective of gender - is mocking the program, alternately amused and furious. We yell at the TV about why it’s not sensible to wear high heels all the time, and how wrong it is to try and cadge free drinks and nag people for kisses, and how pointless and unattractive it is to pretend to be someone else to get people to fall in love with you.