So I just discovered that there is a university that offers a course called "Male/Female Communication." And no, it's not an online university. It's an actual educational institution that offers actual degrees. To students. Who get into debt to take this sorry excuse of a course.
I understand that numbers rule everything nowadays. Professors go out of their way to come up with cutesy course titles to attract students and dupe them into thinking that the course will be easy. I understand that people feel enormous pressure to raise enrollment numbers. I'm part of the system, so I get all that. Still, there has to be a limit to how far we are willing to go to compromise our academic integrity in the pursuit of high enrollments. Of course, I could try to attract students to take my course on Don Quijote by calling it "Crazy Sex Life of Don Quijote." Of course, Don Quijote doesn't have any crazy sex life in the novel, but who cares, right? There is no "male/female communication" either, but it isn't preventing some quack somewhere from offering the course.
The only actual instance of male/female communication that I'm aware of is a heterosexual sex act. Is that what the course is about? Can gay people take it? What about transsexuals? Do people need to offer any credentials as to their capacity to understand what male/female communication is about? Like proof of the number of male/female communications they have engaged in recently?
And what would be course requirements? Besides watching Dr. Phil and reading John Gray's idiotic Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, that is? And what jobs can a person who took such courses in college aspire to? Of course, one can always try for a job on the set of Dr. Phil's show, but there might not be any openings.
I asked a student who took the course what it was about. "Oh, it's a course on dating," he said.
I'm sure that university courses on online dating sites and on how to create a great Facebook page are not far behind.