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There's an article on genderqueer students at women's colleges in today's NY Times Magazine. As far as I can tell (as someone who's not in the trans community), it's a really great article, sensitive to the idea of a spectrum of gender identity. Gender and women's colleges were big issues on my mind when I was 17, and I wish this sort of discussion had been so accessible then. It made me very happy to read it. Check it out: When Girls Will Be Boys

This week's been a good week for NY Times articles all around. Others that I've been forwarding around:

For Bronx School's Dancers, the Moves Are Irish just in time for St Patrick's Day.

900 Feet Up With Nowhere to Go but Down: slackline + canyon + BASEjumping = crazy.

I forget, sometimes, that the NY Times isn't everyone's main news source. I always feel silly posting links to stories, because so many people have already seen them. But anyway, I liked these.

Date: 2008-03-17 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edge-of-within.livejournal.com
More of us would be more likely to read NYT if they'd keep their articles unlocked.

The Chron/SF Gate is my non-username newspaper of choice.

Date: 2008-03-17 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessiehl.livejournal.com
It's an interesting article.

I have to admit, I am still confused by why someone who knew that they were a transman before college would go to a women's college, or why women's colleges accept men (I understand the case of students who enter and then transition, less the case of students who identified as male at the time of application...transmen are men too, why should they be admitted to women's colleges?).

I am not hugely fond of the concept of women's schools in the first place - I am glad that there are a wealth of college options to choose from, and that other people can make that choice, but the idea doesn't click with me in the slightest and never did, and the trend of gender-segregated schools and classes pre-college upsets me greatly (assuming schools where attendance is involuntary). As a high schooler, I immediately threw away any mail I received from a women's college without looking into the college further. So perhaps my confusion here is more about the nature and purpose of women's schools.

There are a few implications in that article that bug me in the usual way that discussion about this issue does - the idea that cisgendered women are necessarily "conventionally feminine" (and its obvious flipside, that not being "conventionally feminine" means that one is genderqueer).

Even their protagonist says: “They were very typical feminine girls...I didn’t fit in. It’s why I didn’t hang out with straight girls for most of high school — I hung out with queer women. Around the Barnard women, I felt extremely other.” Yeah, 'cause straight girls are all typically feminine, right. Someone who's trying to resist pigeonholing in his life should know better.


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