When near-naked video dancers, hostile housewives and basketball players’ brawling ex-mates are posited as the new norm, some young women—even college co-eds—get confused about what constitutes appropriate behavior, said Marian Muldrow, a University of West Georgia English professor.
Case in point: A first-year student in the African-American Female Learning Community that Muldrow launched this fall recently shared her reaction to an overly noisy dormitory mate. “So, she yells,” said Muldrow, replaying what her student conveyed about the tiff, “‘if I hear you talking that loud one more time, I’m going to scream.’”
“Really?” Muldrow added. “How does that make the situation any better?”