June 6, 2020

Mad in McDermott: Part 1

posted on: Thursday October 7, 2010

Genevieve Ilg ’14 / Commentary Staff

Here’s a startling fact: by and large, the guys who live in McDermott publicly rate girls. As girls visit their guy friends, whether these young women can hear it or not, a number is called out. The guys on the floor determine this number by rating the girl’s attractiveness on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being very unattractive and 10 being extremely good-looking (for lack of a better word). This is a low, mean, pathetic act that exemplifies the male immaturity present on PC’s campus.

Allow me to elaborate on this rating system. The above, as described, may seem like a harmless joke that the guys in the dorm share, but this system is apparently far more intricate than initially imagined. Some McDermott residents use the simple system (the system discussed above), while others use the area code system. The area code system works as follows: the first and third numbers of the area code represent the face and body, respectively, while the second answers a simple question.

The physical features are rated from 1 to 9, with 1 being the least attractive and 9 being the most attractive. The second number answers the question, “would you have sex with her?” The scale for this is either a 0 or a 1, with 0 being no and 1 being yes. The most ideal area code rating a young woman could receive is a 919. That would mean that the worst area code rating a young woman could get is a 101, right? A friend of mine says differently. “I’ve even heard a negative rating shouted out. It was a -312.”

Now, before I continue writing this, I must disclaim that not every single male who resides in McDermott partakes in this rating game; I can immediately think of a handful of guys who are the sweetest people you will ever meet. Yet, this doesn’t change the fact that the vast majority of them lack consideration and manners.

According to urbandictionary.com, a person who resides in McDermott is, “Someone who has ‘cheating’ in his or her genes. Though not all McDermott boys are like this, most of them are strong flirts and flirt a lot.” Unfortunately, especially after this rating system came to surface, McDermott residents and all freshman guys seem to have fallen into two categories: jerks and others.

I’m positive that all would agree that this rating system is terribly degrading, rude, and pointless. To be honest, I’m not even sure how it came about. But the guys who participate think this is a funny act that is without consequences. It’s hilarious to think that all of those guys who do rate think they aren’t subject to the girls’ rating system, as if they’re God’s greatest gift.

Believe it or not, some young women who reside in Ray tried to institute a similar system. They failed to make it stick. This brings up a very interesting point. Why didn’t the rating system continue in Ray, while it continues in McDermott?

This event further adds validity to the clich

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