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Mount Holyoke College for women? Not so much anymore.

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Mount Holyoke College for women? Not so much anymore.

Mount Holyoke College for women?  Not so much anymore.
March 22
16:05 2018

It is often said that life is stranger than fiction. In the case of Mount Holyoke College, life is even stranger than satire. Holyoke is an all-women’s college in Massachusetts (which may partly explain things). It is also the most recent example of left-wing political correctness superseding common sense and logic – more proof that progressive ideology is based on reality-challenged beliefs.

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Keep in mind that this is an institution of higher learning that takes pride in their 130-year devotion to the education and advancement of WOMEN. Its motto (emphasized) comes from the Bible. “That our DAUGHTERS may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace – which means the ladies of Mount Holyoke are blocks of marble to be polished to look like palaces. With a motto like that, anything is possible.

The institution’s pride in preparing women for life is seen in its frequent and exclusive use of the word “women” in all the college’s promotional material.

Though the word “women” is ubiquitously used, it appears that the current politically correct administration is not so comfortable with that defining word. In a document entitled “Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students,” the mavens of Mount Holyoke offered guidelines in dealing with those with a self-proclaimed non-vaginal identity. It warns the faculty against the transgression of “misgendering,” which means referring to students by what appears on their birth certificates and driver’s licenses. Professors and staff, they admonish, should not use collective terms like “all women.” They should not speak of two genders and always use “gender neutral” language. Does that mean you have no gender, as in non-binary? Then how about the term “gender neutered?”

When being called on in class, the “wopersons” of Mount Holyoke are encouraged to give their name and their self-chosen pronoun. It goes something like this: “Hi, I’m Sally and I’m a ‘her’” or “I’m Barbara and I’m a ‘him’.” Or “I’m Connie and I’m an ‘it’.” One can even be a “ze” or a “hir” – and the list goes on.

Of course, this policy raises all kinds of fundamental questions. Since this is officially an all-women’s college, should those who self-identify as men or as anything other than a woman be denied admission or even expelled? On the other side of the coin, should persons with penises and testicles who self-identify as women be admitted? Mount Holyoke has created its own conundrum. Either you accept self-identification as legitimate and expel those who claim to be men, or you keep them in an all-women’s college and concede that their self-identification is mere fantasy – a matter of personal imagination.

To most readers, these questions will be seen for the mocking satire that is intended, but in this politically (in)correct world of granting social, and often legal, legitimacy to such self-proclamations, the aforementioned hypothetical cases may well be the next generation of real court cases.

Gender self-identification is a legitimate issue for a small number of people, and in many cases, they undergo surgery to bring their physical and mental selves into alignment, but one must question the limits of the imaginary land self-identification spawned by political correctness. Is Mount Holyoke a harbinger of the brave new world to come or a temporary tear in the socio-political fabric?

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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    90 AND LOVING IT March 24, 20:31

    Wouldn’t a certain perSON then be considered perDAUGHTER? lol

    To the p.c.’s I would just say, “Relax, honey.” “Chairman” is the WORD for the position; “woman” is the word for identifying the gender of the individual; “female”…etc., etc., etc. These people need to find something to do.

    I’d rather be called a chairman than a CHAIR! I have only two legs, anyway.

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  2. Mary Duffy
    Mary Duffy August 25, 13:30

    Mount Holyoke is the oldest college for women in the world, founded 1837, which makes it 181 years old. It was originally called Female Seminary, as 1837 values would not have all9mowed the word COLLEGE,but they were college age and class of 1845 included Emily Dickenson. We Alum approach its bicentennial with excitement.Personally, I find this gender nonsense a bit much, but suspect it us a passing fancy like taking days off because your candidate did not win. I was there when Kennedy was killed, and we got no time off,were reminded that the day after Pearl Harbor, everyone went to work. We all saw the funeral, as professors cancelled individual classes so they could see it.

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  3. Mt. Holyoke Grad
    Mt. Holyoke Grad July 02, 15:35

    Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke on the principals that education was everyone, at a time when only men were allowed to go to higher education. It’s under such principals that today, the college is a place of acceptance and inclusivity. It is a place for any one born a biological female, and has even talked about accepting students transitioning to female gender. Whether you are born a biological female and still consider yourself a woman or even are transitioning to become a man, there are specific challenges that person has face, and will face in life that cis men who remain men will not and never face. The college is about creating a rigorous academic environment that also supports and leads to personal growth for all those people.

    My time at Mt. Holyoke was absolutely amazing. One of my classmates was a trans man, and I did not feel that it violated the Women’s college experience or ethics.

    Furthermore, if you take the time to research the college, it is part of the 5 College Consortium, so female and male students of Hampshire, UMass, Amherst, and Smith can all freely enroll in MHC classes and participate in college activates even though the college itself is a women’s college.

    Maybe you are upset that you are still not allowed in because you were born a man and still are one, and there’s still a club you can’t belong to in this world.

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