Monday, November 8, 2010

Gender identity:New crises on college campus


When Kevin Murphy entered as a freshman at Mount Holyoke, a Massachusetts women's college, in 2003, he was female. By the time he received his diploma, he was male.

Phillip Hudson, who attended Morehouse, an all-male historically black college in Georgia, calls himself androgynous, meaning he doesn't identify with masculine or feminine identity norms.
The two men represent a debate that is brewing at some of the nation's same-sex colleges. For these colleges, which have historically defied boundaries and challenged the status quo, a new test of tolerance has surfaced: How are they handling gender identity?

Defining gender on same-sex campuses has become murky as some students say they fall outside the conventional male-female gender binary. More schools are encountering complicated cases where not all students at men's colleges identify as male and not all students at women's colleges identify as female. [...]

1 comment :

  1. I work on a college campus and have seen tattooed on a deliberately gender-neutral persons arm the word "neither". A previous university position, I knew of a law student who was actually a pre-op transexual. One of my roommates had been to high school with a guy who also switched genders. I think there are limits to weirdness, and society has reached the biological limits.


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