February 1, 2008

Neutral On Gender-Neutral?

Morgan Warners '08 wrote an editorial for this week's Misc entitled, "Empower students with gender-neutral housing." We've always been against the idea of gender-neutral housing, and Morgan's article failed to provide any information convincing enough to sway our opinion.

In an article by a USC publication, Vassar is listed as one of the colleges "to already offer gender-neutral housing." This article from Northwestern also cites Vassar as offering the housing option.

Warners writes that "the VSA Council unanimously voted...to endorse the proposed policy."

We're strongly against the proposal. What do you think about it?

UPDATE: Part II of our post on gender-neutral housing will be up shortly.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why, exactly, do you think it's a bad idea? I think it's a great idea. While I wouldn't want to room with someone of the opposite sex/gender, I know it would make a lot of students more comfortable and happy, especially with the unfortunate room draw situation next year.

Anonymous said...

wth that was such a well-composed article. you really just don't get it, do you?

Anonymous said...

sounds fine to me.
but am i going to participate? probably not ... a single is much nicer ...

Anonymous said...

Why are you against gender neutral housing?

I haven't read the article yet so I can't really touch on what they said but I am very pro gender-neutral and am depending on it to pass before the next semester starts. As somebody who is gay, I feel uncomfortable rooming with somebody of the same sex. In addition to worrying about messiness, sleeping habits, noisiness, etc, I also have to deal with whether or not I will EVER be attracted to them because feelings change. If I don't fall for my roommate, I might have to deal with them thinking I like them. AWKWARD. There are plenty of people who would feel much more comfortable rooming with somebody of the opposite sex and it's wrong to restrict that for no good reason.

The only somewhat reasonable response I have heard is that people will move in with their girlfriend/boyfriend and then if/when they all break up we'll have a housing crunch. To that I say 1) You are severely overestimating the amount of people who are going to move in with somebody they are dating (this is COLLEGE!) 2) Gay couples can do that now and it hasn't been a problem 3) People have already moved for dumber reasons and it's quite easy to take care of. Lets change it, if you want a trial basis I don't care, but it's dumb that we don't already have gender neutral housing (especially when we have gender neutral bathrooms). It will do far more good than bad. So anyway, yes, I'd like to hear why you think gender neutral housing would be a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO PLEASE NO
DONT DO THIS TO OUR SCHOOL! PLEASE NO!

Anonymous said...

YAY Gender-Neutral Housing!

Anonymous said...

i honestly dont see a downside. the one argument that ive heard is that people will take advantage, and use it to room with their signifigant other. then if that doesnt work out, it will suck. honestly? if theyre stupid enough to do that, they can deal with the fallout. i think if theres even 2 people on this campus who would feel more comfortable, then we should do it. it doesnt really affect you if you dont chose it, so im just curious: why you are against it?

Anonymous said...

I've noticed that none of the "NO" people offer an argument to support their opinion.

Anonymous said...

SO DOWN.

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal? You only have it if you want to have it.

Anonymous said...

wtf, mads & anonymous @ 8:40. this policy would benefit the students who need it, and it wouldn't affect anyone else.

i see no problem with the policy, and i'm glad other readers of this blog are thinking logically about it all

Anonymous said...

So...a Gender Neutral Strong?

Anonymous said...

I think its the best policy Vassar has had in a while. Mads is clearly not as analytical as it should be.

Anonymous said...

the worst idea this school has ever had. this is going way too far.

Anonymous said...

everybody that goes to this college is an adult and should be treated as such. Whether we're talking of gay students or couples moving in together, individual choices should be respected. The college should not be deciding for students. Sooner or later, we will be dropped off in the real world and will have to be making these decisions and taking responsibilty for their consequences anyway. Might as well start here.

Anonymous said...

I just want to point out that heterosexual students who want to live with their SO's already do it unofficially... I've known three different couples who've done this and there weren't any issues that I know of. Not to mention the fact that senior housing is already gender neutral and that hasn't been an issue. I don't think making housing gender-neutral is going to be that big of a deal, except for the LGBTQ students that could be made a lot more comfortable by having more options.

Anonymous said...

also against... there's no practical and absolute NEED for this policy. vassar continues to try and out-liberal peer institutions and every hippy liberal idea ever.

Anonymous said...

To me, this seems like the next logical step and a non-issue. If you don't want to take advantage of it, nobody's forcing you to. Like gay marriage.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know why MADS has decided to be against this issue.


In my opinion, Morgan's article was very well written and speaks to his commitment of advocating for student's rights.

There is no reason that students should continue to be marginalized by the current housing policy.

It is ignorant to assume that there is going to be a huge problem with straight couples living together - women couples have been able to live together since the 1860's at Vassar, so... really that's just being naive to say that this is some hippy liberal idea thats going to ruin our school.

Anonymous said...

Amen to the poster above me, and I've never been so disapointed by you MADS. You're running a gossip blog, not a platform to post your own disembodied opinions. Boo.

Andrew Davidson said...

I am gay and I don't want to room with a man if I don't have to. Shouldn't I be allowed to room comfortably without having sexual tension imposed upon my housing situation for the entire year? And why is that anyone else's business?