January 25, 2013

The new Gender Inclusive Living Experience at the University of Michigan.

Gender-neutral rooms for transgender and gender non-conforming students.

The University wasn't prepared to go as far as some advocates of gender neutrality wanted, which would be to allow "men and women of any sexual orientation to chose roommates of the opposite gender."
"We weren't prepared to go that far, yet," said [Peter Logan, communications director for housing], explaining that the GILE program "felt like a comfortable step in that right direction of at least making some accommodation" for students with non-traditional gender identity.
But if you're a traditional gender identity person and you want to live with an opposite sex traditional gender identity person, you'll have to sneak around, which is what we did back in 1969, when I went to the University of Michigan, and lived in East Quad, which is where they're installing the innovative GILE program. East Quad was the hotbed of innovation in my day too. It was fully infested with hippies, descended upon Ann Arbor to partake of alternative education at the Residential College.

30 comments:

Shouting Thomas said...

Do university administrators have any actual work to do?

mccullough said...

College

Revenant said...

I visited the campus in Ann Arbor a few years back. There's no "was" about that hippie infestation. :)

whoresoftheinternet said...

Freaks demand everyone pretend their malfunction is ok. Lefties oblige.
Lefties never cease to amaze me at how good they are at getting poor people to subsidize their pet projects that only they and about 5 other people enjoy.

Enjoy the decline, suckers!

kentuckyliz said...

So people will get accustomed to being treated oh so special by the college...which will obviously continue when they graduate to the real world.

Shouting Thomas said...

So people will get accustomed to being treated oh so special by the college...which will obviously continue when they graduate to the real world.

The explanation for AndyR's spoiled brat behavior in a nutshell.

The colleges were kissing your ass if you were gay back in his day.

Nomennovum said...

Money well spent I am sure.

Lem said...

Is 'tranies' a pejorative?

This shit is moving so fast I haven't even gotten familiar with...

never mind.

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Seeing Red said...

Didn't Insty link that the U of M has a women only section in the student lounge?

So you can live with them, but separate yourself later?

I'd sue.

Shouting Thomas said...

The free flowing spigot of student loan money has obviously created a vast network of featherbedding in the college administration.

Legions of useless administrators looking for something to do to justify feeding at the taxpayers' trough.

Saving the World through Social Engineering seems to be the best cover story.

Ambrose said...

So transgender and gender non-conforming students will now be segregated. That's nice and diverse.

AEH said...

This seems kind of like segregation. Campuses have the LGBTQ thing for support of students who are having a hard time adjusting, mean people, etc. If these identities are all together in their own building, then there would be less teasing I guess?

On a different note, I was in Liz Waters the first year it went co-ed. Craziness.

Freeman Hunt said...

If they really cared about student life, they'd open a Drum Circle Dorm out of earshot of the rest of the campus.

Carnifex said...

I got no problem with this. As an overweight myopic introvert freshman, I would have loved being assigned a hot chick.

Problem's arise though...who is going to pay for the birth control? And the babies expenses? Because women will get pregnant in surprisingly large numbers(surprise is now a word used ironically. It's only surprising to liberals/leftists)

But please do go on reducing our society to a non-judgmental bordello.

AEH said...

Carnifex--I don't think that there will be a rise in sex simply because men and women could be randomly assigned to each other. Couples find ways to do it no matter where they live.

Ron said...

The great thing about the RC was that you could get a degree while taking classes in a bathroom! Or not even washing same!

The students in an RC class walked out of a history class when someone said the instructor was "Saying something Nixon might say", and that was it!

David said...

Whatever the gender, or modification thereof, what they really lack is a place to have sex uninterrupted and without disturbing those not presently engaged in sex.

The economy being what it is, motels are too expensive. Cars, public places etc. can be thrilling but there is the legal risk.

A truly progressive school, one who cared about the diverse needs of students, would have fuck rooms, completely private places set aside for sex. They could be rented in various intervals from five minutes to an entire night. To avoid rape allegations, entering students could sign consent forms specifying just what sex acts are permitted in the particular session. Just allocate a few rooms each floor, or entire floors or maybe even an entire dorm.

So stop dancing around the real issue. Provide what people are really looking for. Get progressive. (And it could be a real moneymaker.)

B.Y.O.S.

Bring Your Own Sheets.

Ron said...

The great thing about the RC was that you could get a degree while taking classes in a bathroom! Or not even washing same!

The students in an RC class walked out of a history class when someone said the instructor was "Saying something Nixon might say", and that was it!

Aridog said...

Okay, I reads the article. I guess I am not flabbergasted that a major public university would have such convoluted logic as presented in this ridiculous GILE program. In a silly move to alleviate discrimination the U of M has created more discrimination, and made it official? But heteros need not apply?

Hell, even the name GILE is too cute by half. This is at a presumptive institution of higher learning? Gender Inclusive Living Experience... with back of the bus rules for some gender includers. Too funny.

Anthony said...

To avoid rape allegations, entering students could sign consent forms specifying just what sex acts are permitted in the particular session.

Of course, there must be video to document that no unpermitted acts occurred.

Look - a new revenue source for the school!

bpm4532 said...

So, the only people who can't choose their roommate and have sex with them are heterosexuals?

Aridog said...

David said ...

A truly progressive school, one who cared about the diverse needs of students, would have fuck rooms ... BYOS

Damn right. See how much simpler that would be?

Anthony said...

When in college, I lived some of the time in the student co-ops. Since they weren't controlled by the University, they could set their own rules, and co-ed living was mostly allowed. However, they would not *assign* mixed-gender rooms.

The house I lived in was rather small, and usually full, so we had a rule that any couple wishing to have a room together had to agree that they would live in the room all semester, even if the relationship broke up. That was a sufficient deterrent to the couples living in the house to shacking up in the same room.

edutcher said...

OK, so, if I wanted to get away from a dorky roommate, all I'd have to do is say I'm asexual or questioning or something else and I get my own room?

I can see where this will be a sitcom on NBC in a couple of years.

PS At the risk of asking, were hippies all that were doing the infesting back at Ann Arbor?

Methadras said...

The mental jiu-jitsu that leftards use to justify their positions in life.

EMD said...

Meh. At this point, I could care less what kind of stuff is going on at colleges, besides a lot of people wasting time and money.

tim maguire said...

There's a radical coop bike shop in my city, which is good because those are the places that offer free repair courses and make their tools available free. But Sunday is women and transgender only--no men allowed.

When I told my cousin about this, I laughed. They are so afraid of men, that they even want protection from the men in their own group. Practical as always, he immediately saw the solution to the Sundays off limits problem. "Just tell them you're transgendered," he said. "They'll never challenge you."

And that's the solution at UM for students wanting to shack up on campus--just tell them you're transgendered. They'll never make you prove it.

tim maguire said...

Damn it Dutcher! Always one step ahead of me.

Phil 3:14 said...

They tell me gender is just a social construct.

Is that a social construct in your pocket or are you just glad to see me

Chuck said...

The lie in this story, is that any sort of "policy" is necessary. Formulating a policy, and announcing it, is the University's way of placating the left-activist "LGBQT community."

There are about 36,000 undergraduates at the three campuses, and as far as I am aware there are about seven students making a "transgender" or gender neutral request.

Those kinds of numbers don't requre a policy. Just handle them, if they have weird requests. There are plenty of administrators in Ann Arbor. They can figure it out, without another "policy."

Fail, fail to Michigan, the Stonewall of the West.