A Short List of the Benefits of Gender Neutral Dorms

Featured image by Marilyn Roxie, “San Francisco Pride 2011

A caveat: I’m a transgender guy.

Before I identified as a transgender man, I lived life as a queer, cis girl. The current system of housing based on assigned gender at birth was never made for me. And to be honest, I’m not the only one.

I’ve argued before that gender neutral bathrooms benefit many more people than most people would realize, particularly the single stalled variety. I believe that gender-neutral housing would reap the same benefits.

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A New Copernican Shift: Dissecting Gender through A Privilege Shift

Featured image: Nicolas Raymond, “Rainbow Planet

AN: A “Copernican shift” refers to when information is re-examined from a different perspective in order to gain a new understanding about the world.

Most people are familiar with a European conception of gender – a dichotomy, usually assigned at birth, based on external genitalia and divided into a set of discreet skills and interests. Below is a quick video, which explains the difference between cisgender and transgender, both terms I will be using in this post.

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Sorority Girls and Defying Expectations: An Unfair Gender Double Standard

The Gawker published an article by Allie Jones about sorority girls and their attempt at defying stereotypes, which they believe showed that these girls don’t actually defy stereotypes, but play into expectations of what a sorority girl would and should be.

Picture: A screenshot of the article from Gawker, with the title: “The sisters seem similarly confused about how best to deny the mean rumors society is supposedly spreading about them. The second part of this sentence doesn’t negate the first.” The picture of is a blonde woman in a woven cap and a shirt with sorority letters, staring straight into the camera. The words “Society says we marry lawyers, but I’m going to be one.” is handwritten in the upper left.

It’s easy to take something like this at face value. Haha, sorority girls don’t know how to make friends without paying for them, and marry successful men! Let’s laugh at them! They’re an easy target for criticism – privileged, usually white, cis women who don’t experience “real problems” and don’t understand the challenges of the real word.

But when you examine why we find that funny, the reality is startling and rather uncomfortable.

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