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Women’s college redefines ‘Women’
Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts has redefined its admissions policies to extend admittance to openly transgender students, including students who were born male but identify themselves as women. "According to the new policy, the school will now permit the following types of transgender students to apply for admission: - Biologically born female; identifies as a woman. - Biologically born female; identifies as a man. - Biologically born female; identifies as other/they/ze. - Biologically born female; does not identify as either woman or man. - Biologically born male; identifies as woman. - Biologically born male; identifies as other/they/ze and when “other/they” identity includes woman. - Biologically born with both male and female anatomy (Intersex); identifies as a woman. The school’s policy that students “biologically born male; identifies as man,” are still not extended the right to apply. Male students could attend the school if he identified as a woman at the time of his initial admittance and then later changed his self-identity to “male.” Mount Holyoke’s policy says it would not ask such students to leave once they are admitted. This is a huge step in gender rights!
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These changes allow any who identifies as female to apply. The only rule I'm confused by is - "Biologically born female; identifies as a man," because then isn't that admitting a man to a women's college? Regardless, I think this is a move in a positive direction for redefining gender.
I remember my university had a small issue with gender when it came to placing one of my friends in an all-male or all-female dorm. He was biologically female but identified as male. Luckily, my university was (surprisingly) understanding and they found an easy solution :)
Goodness, this is such a huge step in gender equality and gender rights. That's really progressive Mount Holyoke and I hope this new system works for them. I wonder specificity of allowing students who identify as female but later change their identification to male will cause any issues? Just a though that occurred.