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George Washington University Threatens Heteronormality By Letting Boys And Girls Live Together

The George Washington University (yes, they purposefully but a the in the title) will make co-ed housing available to all students — even incoming freshman — the D.C. school will announce this week. The move comes after years of criticism by LGBTs, who successfully argued separating dormmates by gender ignored the unique experiences and needs of queer underclassmen. And like all decisions made to create some tiny bit of equality, this one is not without its detractors: “This is the liberal administration at the university imposing something on students,” insists Travis Korson, a senior international affairs major and president of the campus chapter of Young America’s Foundation. “None of these systems have been around for more than five years. There’s no way to prove they will be successful.” Except by … trying them out? Dorm building floors are already mixed-gender at GWU; this move will simply allow students of the opposite sex to live together, effectively ending the debate on where trans students — like GWU’s basketballer Kye Allums — “should” live. [photo via]

By:           Max Simon
On:           Dec 5, 2010
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  • 6 Comments
    • Michael
      Michael

      My school.

      Dec 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • reason
      reason

      Strange I would have thought that mixed gender floors would be the norm for all colleges. When people move off campus junior year most are living in mixed gender houses and apartments, so I don’t really see what the big deal is.

      Dec 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D.R.A.
      D.R.A.

      Huh…here I thought the vast majority of colleges already did this. It must not be that commonplace if this is considered newsworthy.

      Odd.

      Dec 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      Aside from female only dorms, all of GWU’s dorms are mixed gender floors. This change allows for guys and girls in the same room if they opt in.

      Dec 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      Good thing this has already been in place at other universities for over 10 years, example, Stanford University.

      Dec 6, 2010 at 6:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Just Saying.
      Just Saying.

      Daniel, the ‘University’ after Stanford. Unnecessary.

      Dec 7, 2010 at 12:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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