Transgender Benders

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The recent debut of Caitlyn Jenner has me pondering this bit of news from Smith College. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Smith will now accept transgender applicants who identify as women.

The college’s new policy makes gender an issue of “self-identification,” according to Smith’s website. Notes the Chronicle: “To be considered for admission,” it says, “applicants must select ‘female’ on the Common Application.”

It’s not readily apparent in the article what constitutes “female.” Does this apply to women who identify as male, to men who identify as female, or both? A bit of digging on the Smith website provides the answer. “Applicants who were assigned male at birth but identify as women are eligible for admission,” it says. “Those assigned female at birth but who now identify as male are not eligible for admission.”

So should we conclude that Smith is going co-ed by admitting males, or is it still a college for women only because these will be males who believe they are female? At the very least, the lines are blurred a bit, though there’s no mistaking that we will soon see individuals who are biologically male in Smith classrooms.

The transgender revolution marches on.

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