What does it mean to be a woman?

How about a women’s school?

“That year was an epiphany for me. I realized that if we excluded trans students, we’d be fighting on the wrong team. We’d be on the wrong side of history.”

“Trans inclusiveness represents not an erasure but an updating of this mission.”

Presented without commented but with these two quotes for those of you without time for the whole article. 

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One thought on “What does it mean to be a woman?

  1. Good article. My alma mater is having these conversations this year. I admit that I feel conflicted about the topic, as it is very important to me that I went to a women’s college–and I believe in the continued need for such institutions. I also appreciated this quote from the article: “All my life here,” Cushman told me, “I’ve been compelled to use the female pronoun more generously to get away from the sexist ‘he.’ I think it’s important to evoke the idea that women are part of humanity. That should be affirmed, especially after being denied for so long. Look, I teach at a women’s college, so whenever I can make women’s identity central to that experience, I try to do that. Being asked to change that is a bit ironic. I don’t agree that this is a ‘historically’ women’s college. It is still a women’s college.

    But it does become problematic when considering non-binary gender distinction to redefine what it means to be a single-sex school. I am very interested in hearing more about the debate that is happening and that will continue to happen at Scripps and ultimately what their decision will be regarding trans students.

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