Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Georgetown Student Senate Advocates "Gender-Blind Housing" on-Campus

When you lose your Catholic identity and you have absorbed the culture, this kind of nonsense happens:
As formal discussion of gender-blind housing begins at Georgetown, some students have questioned its viability.

“Though I think gender-blind housing would potentially be a positive thing to consider, we have to remember that if significant others chose to live with each other then broke up, we would have a higher number of people needing to change rooms, thus creating a housing nightmare,” Moriah Lenhart-Wees (COL ’13) said.

For other students, the benefits of a change in housing policy would be widespread for the campus.

“Gender-blind housing would be very beneficial to the Georgetown community. It would be helpful to the many people on campus who have friends of the opposite sex and who have different sexual orientations,” Eric Bulakites (COL ’13) said.

The GUSA resolution, which garnered 17 votes in favor and four abstentions, also spurred debate among senators.

“GUSA is responsible for allocating funds to various clubs and organizations. However, when you get into the issue of gender-blind housing, its gets dangerously political, and I don’t think that is where GUSA belongs,” Senator Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) said.

Mogil said he considered the resolution a milestone.

“By passing this bill to even talk about such a controversial subject, GUSA is acknowledging to the school that we are concerned about these suicides and the security/access situation for some students for whom same-sex room assignments is inappropriate,” Mogil said.
So, they want to let women and men live together on-campus and they see it as a good thing.


Pamela said...

I'm confused as to how "gender-blind" housing confronts the suicide (I'm assuming they mean the poor young man who committed suicide at Rutgers?) issue, or how one is more likely to have friends of a different sex because of it.

I lived in a co-ed dorm on campus, separated by floors - girls on one, guys on another, alternating. That didn't help me make friends with guys - on the contrary what we did was convince our guy friends to move into that dorm after we met outside the dorms. Otherwise I barely knew any of the guys there. Not to mention how awkward it was to pull some random guy's boxers out of the dryers from time to time.

Is the idea that a self-professed gay man could then have a female roommate if he said he was uncomfortable having a male roommate? Because I can definitely see where that would lead to all sorts of problems, since it would not be fair (or even possible?) to make someone prove their orientation in some fashion. And that's not including the already brought up issue of students living together who break up - and not even beginning to address the non-Catholic nature of any of it.

Are Georgetown students required to live on-campus or something? Is there some reason that they have to put non-Catholic behavior on campus? I don't get it. It seems to me rather an attempt to enforce the idea that there is no difference between male and female that people want to hold on to so strongly that they close their eyes to all the potential trouble that inevitably arises.

not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

What's up with the Jesuits letting these shenanigans go on? This is going to be a disaster. So glad I went to The Catholic University of America!