Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gender-inclusive Dormitories

Last night, I was sent an article about gender-inclusive dormitories at Western Washington University. (see http://westernfrontonline.net/news/12503-gender-inclusive-housing-a-go).

Surprisingly I'm kind of torn. While it may be a great thing for many , especially those that don't consider themselves male or female but somewhere in between, I feel like if I had transitioned at college or even if I went back to college and lived in the dorms, that I'd have wanted to stay in the women's dorms. For binary transsexuals like myself, we want to be accepted as a woman in every way. Yes we understand we are transgender women, but still women.

I wonder if transgender women applying to western (pre-op or post-op) would still be allowed to stay in the women's dorms or if they will now only be allowed to stay at this gender-inclusive dorm. I would hope for the former unless they would prefer to stay in the special dorm.

Either way, Western definitely deserves some positive recognition for this new dormitory.

1 comments:

VĂ©ronique said...

I understand why a lot of people want to de-emphasize the sexual binary, and I think it's great that WWU has an option for mixed-sex housing. I feel kind of regressive to be so binary myself. :) But I can't help it. It's important to me. Like you, I value women-only spaces, and I wouldn't want to lose them.

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