Massachusetts State Education Board issues unprecedented Gender Guidelines : enforcing legal sex-stereotyping in all public schools across the state

The State of Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education released late Friday ( in a classic move used to avoid news cycle coverage) an 11 page document containing mandated guidelines on the implementation of legal “Gender Identity” which effective immediately- replaces legal sex of children with state-mandated sex “roles” based on outdated sex stereotypes, a practice which the Federal government has already rendered illegal and discriminatory(see Price Waterhouse).
It’s no wonder the Governor-appointed Board timed the release of this document to avoid media and public scrutiny: it contains possibly the most widespread state-sanctioned codification and enforcement of sex-role stereotyping enacted on the populace by a government body since the passage of Federal Title VII regulations which were specifically designed to prevent such a practice.
Specifically, as of Friday, legal sex of all primary and secondary students is eliminated and replaced with a legal category based on student adherence to sex-role stereotypical behaviors classified as feelings, thoughts, behaviors that the State of Massachusetts deems “male feelings” or “female feelings”. “Male behaviors” and “Female behaviors”, “Male thoughts” and “Female thoughts”. Truly remarkable.
A gender marker is the designation on school and other records that indicates a student’s gender. For most students, records that include an indication of a student’s gender will reflect a student’s assigned birth sex. For transgender students, however, a documented gender marker (for example, “male” or “female” on a permanent record) should reflect the student’s gender identity, not the student’s assigned sex. This means that if a transgender student whose gender identity is male has a school record that reflects an assigned birth sex as female, then upon request by the student or, in the case of young students not yet able to advocate for themselves, by the parent or guardian, the school should change the gender marker on the record to male.”
The State of Massachusetts now officially subjects all students who fail to conform to sex-role stereotypical feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, to the state classification “transgender”.
Transgender: an umbrella term used to describe a person whose gender identity or gender expression is different from that traditionally associated with the assigned sex at birth. “
Further, the guidelines eliminate all Federal sex-based protections for female students (example: Title IX which guarantees equal funding of educational programming based on sex; female rights to sex-segregated showers, locker rooms, toilets).
The guidelines mandate that female students must shower with and undress in the presence of male students during mandatory physical education programs. If the girls refuse, they are to receive state-mandated counseling sessions designed to overcome their resistance. Should the girls persist in refusal to shower and change clothing in the presence of male students or if they fail to pretend a male is female they will receive state-sanctioned disciplinary actions against them which will effect their participation in the public educational system.
In all cases, the principal should be clear with the student (and parent) that the student may access the restroom, locker room, and changing facility that corresponds to the student’s gender identity. “
Some students may feel uncomfortable with a transgender student using the same sex-segregated restroom, locker room or changing facility. This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student. School administrators and counseling staff should work with students to address the discomfort and to foster understanding of gender identity, to create a school culture that respects and values all students. “
The student John Smith wishes to be referred to by the name Jane Smith, a name that is consistent with the student’s female gender identity. Please be certain to use the student’s preferred name in all contexts, as well as the corresponding pronouns. It is my expectation that students will similarly refer to the student by her chosen name and preferred pronouns. Your role modeling will help make a smooth transition for all concerned. If students do not act accordingly, you may speak to them privately after class to request that they do. Continued, repeated, and intentional misuse of names and pronouns may erode the educational environment for Jane. It should not be tolerated and can be grounds for student discipline. “
All female sports teams in the State of Massachusetts will henceforth be open to male students, on the condition that the male student professes an “earnestly felt belief” that he conforms in some way to stereotypical sex-roles traditionally assigned to females (at least sometimes: his sex-role feelings may wax and wane throughout the day and the guidelines explicitly support this).
Where there are sex-segregated classes or athletic activities, including intramural and interscholastic athletics, all students must be allowed to participate in a manner consistent with their gender identity. “
The statute does not require consistent and uniform assertion of gender identity as long as there is “other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of [the] person’s core identity.” “
Confirmation of a student’s asserted gender identity may include a letter from a parent, health care provider, school staff member familiar with the student (a teacher, guidance counselor, or school psychologist, among others), or other family members or friends. A letter from a social worker, doctor, nurse practitioner, or other health care provider stating that a student is being provided medical care or treatment relating to her/his gender identity is one form of confirmation of an asserted gender identity. It is not, however, the exclusive form upon which the school or student may rely. A letter from a clergy member, coach, family friend, or relative stating that the student has asked to be treated consistent with her/his asserted gender identity, or photographs at public events or family gatherings, are other potential forms of confirmation. “ [Photographs illustrating what? One presumes illustrating the child engaged in some form of culturally sex-stereotypical dress or behavior-GM.]
The guidelines mandate and codify differential social role treatment of girl and boy students by all teachers and administrators based on sex and on student adherence to sex-role stereotypes.
In most situations, determining a student’s gender identity is simple. A student who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl. So too with a student who says he is a boy and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of his life. Such a student should be respected and treated like a boy. “
This government document explicitly equates legal protection from sex-based discrimination for women and girls as “discriminatory” to those who “profess a strongly held belief” in sex-role stereotyping and discrimination.
The government of Massachusetts, in accordance with the above premise, removes and eliminates all sex-based protections (both state and federal) for females against sex-discrimination. This policy is a stunning example of how the new legal category “Gender Identity” or “Sex-Role Identity” is directly in opposition to female legal protections and recourse against discrimination based on sex. It elevates discrimination against females to a protected category while eliminating all hard-won feminist gains against the practice of mandating legal status based on sex stereotypes.
These new guidelines, which apply to all public primary and secondary students in the public school system, are based on the Massachusetts State Legislature policy giving special legal status to individuals who profess a strongly held belief in stereotypical “Sex-Role Identifications” in its 2011: An Act Relative to Gender Identity (Chapter 199)
That law held that individuals should not be discriminated against based on their “consistent and uniform assertion” and “sincerely held belief” in sex-role stereotypes or “gender”. That is what the law states. But what it actually DOES, if one looks at the statute, is create a legal status based on stereotypical sex-based (and discriminatory!) social ROLES as a REPLACEMENT for legal sex. See the laws related to sex which were amended to replace biological sex with “sex-role” or “gender”:
SECTION 3. Section 89 of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in lines 91 and 320, in each instance, the following words:- , gender identity.
SECTION 4. Section 5 of chapter 76 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 10, the following words:- , gender identity.
SECTION 5. Section 12B of said chapter 76, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in line 185, the following words:- , gender identity.
SECTION 6. Section 3 of chapter 151B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in lines 17 and 61, in each instance, the following words:- , gender identity.
SECTION 7. Section 4 of said chapter 151B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “sex”, in lines 3, 69, 82, 87, 96, 103, 136, 163, 169, 179, 226, 233, 243, 339, 349, 353, 359, 485, 495, 505, 661 and 670, in each instance, the following words:- , gender identity.
The Massachusetts law does not explicitly define “Gender”. Here is the World Health Organization definition:

What do we mean by “sex” and “gender”?

Sometimes it is hard to understand exactly what is meant by the term “gender”, and how it differs from the closely related term “sex”.
“Sex” refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women.
“Gender” refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.
To put it another way:
“Male” and “female” are sex categories, while “masculine” and “feminine” are gender categories.
Aspects of sex will not vary substantially between different human societies, while aspects of gender may vary greatly.
Some examples of sex characteristics :

  • Women menstruate while men do not
  • Men have testicles while women do not
  • Women have developed breasts that are usually capable of lactating, while men have not
  • Men generally have more massive bones than women

Some examples of gender characteristics :

  • In the United States (and most other countries), women earn significantly less money than men for similar work
  • In Viet Nam, many more men than women smoke, as female smoking has not traditionally been considered appropriate
  • In Saudi Arabia men are allowed to drive cars while women are not
  • In most of the world, women do more housework than men
The definition of“Gender” is sex-role stereotyping. Gender is “the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women”.
“Gender Identity” is “Sex-Role Identity”.
While all Massachusetts citizens are entitled to their personal sex-role beliefs or identifications, the State has no business promoting sex-role beliefs, which are by their very nature stereotyping and inherently discriminatory against women.
Sex role stereotyping is bad for women and girls. Many of the legal protections for female students that are being eliminated state-wide by this document were designed to counter some of the negative effects of sex-role stereotyping, for example the lack of equal funding given to girl athletes based on the sex-role stereotype that females are not athletic, or that females should not exhibit behaviors that are competitive. Title IX was created to counter sex-based discrimination policies enacted for decades by public educational institutions.
Feminists support the abolition of sex-role stereotypes. Feminists do not support social policies which conflate sex-role stereotypes with reproductive sex.
When the state mandates that children should be treated differently based on arbitrary, sexist stereotypes, when the state educational system declares against all known science and fact, that those who do not abide sex-role stereotypes must not actually be male or female sexed, when the government disciplines children for acknowledging biological reality and scientific fact in an educational system, when the government mandates that girls – at least one quarter of which will be sexually assaulted by a male in her lifetime- receive state-mandated psychological counseling to impress upon her that her discomfort showering with male high school students is evidence that she has a psychological dysfunction (!) and that the state will discipline her if she continues to express fear (!!) FEMINISTS DO NOT SUPPORT THIS.
Women, Women’s Rights Activists, Concerned Parents, Feminists call on the State of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick to:

  1. Compel the State Board to develop guidelines that protect the rights of students and parents to hold strongly held sex-role beliefs
  2. WITHOUT codifying those personal, private sex-role beliefs into state law,
  3. WITHOUT eliminating sex-based protections and rights of female students (Title IX protections, right to sex-based changing rooms, restrooms and other spaces sex-segregated for female safety)
  4. WITHOUT inflicting state-sponsored discipline or punitive psychological “counseling” treatments on children who do NOT share the strongly held sex-role beliefs of others, and who do NOT believe that biological sex is maleable,
  5. WITHOUT forcing children through power of the state to comply with sex-role stereotypes,
  6. WITHOUT mandating that teachers, administrators, and others acting under authority of the state treat male and female students differently according to “the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women”, many of which are designed to restrict female equality.

You may contact Governor Patrick here:


Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Office of the Lt. Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: 617.725.4005
888.870.7770 (in state)
Fax: 617.727.9725
TTY: 617.727.3666


Western Massachusetts Office of the Governor
State Office Building
436 Dwight Street
Suite 300
Springfield, MA 01103

Phone: 413.784.1200

Washington, DC

Office of the Governor
444 N. Capitol Street, Suite 208
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phone: 202.624.7713
Fax: 202.624.7714
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38 thoughts on “Massachusetts State Education Board issues unprecedented Gender Guidelines : enforcing legal sex-stereotyping in all public schools across the state

  1. When the state mandates that children should be treated differently based on arbitrary, sexist stereotypes, when the state educational system declares against all known science and fact, that those who do not abide sex-role stereotypes must not actually be male or female sexed, when the government disciplines children for acknowledging biological reality and scientific fact in an educational system, when the government mandates that girls – at least one quarter of which will be sexually assaulted by a male in her lifetime- receive state-mandated psychological counseling to impress upon her that her discomfort showering with male high school students is evidence that she has a psychological dysfunction (!) and that the state will discipline her if she continues to express fear (!!) FEMINISTS DO NOT SUPPORT THIS.
    That’s the worst of it. This legislations trains girls to act against their better judgement in a world in which it is completely rational to expect men to be violent against women. An entirely healthy fear of male violence is pathologized. I can only imagine how betrayed, devalued and discouraged girls and young women must feel that once again they are declared insane and irrational for exhibiting emotions and behaviors which are not only (justifiably) common-place but also rational and a good skill for survival. As should be widely known by now (if it weren’t for patriarchy) women being afraid of men is a logical consequence of male violence. Men do enough all by themselves to make women fear, distrust and hate them. Name the problem and solve it.
    Seeing as there will be a lot of parents talking at length about their widdle cutey boys I also want to make clear that I do not believe that boys are not dangerous to their female peers. They are and a lot of us have first-hand knowledge of this – sexual harassment starts early and seems to have intensified with unlimited access to internet pornography. The legal conditions for proving a child’s gender identity are so liberal as to be arbitrary so that potentially dangerous situations can be easily created: fetishistic behavior can start early and fetishists are usually misogynists. Apparently, girls and young women are supposed to accept woman-hatred as a healthy identity expression.
    These guidelines normalize pathological and often misogynist male behavior while at the same time making the violation and erosion of female boundaries unproblematic. This is toxic.
    Also, it is a horrible idea to give girls and young women access to spaces like all-male showers and locker rooms. That is a real risk for reasons I have already outlined above.

  2. Either they don’t understand what they’re doing, in which case they don’t belong in positions of power, or they DO understand, in which case they don’t belong in positions of power. Either way, this is unforgivable.

  3. From the DOE guidance (ps. the link is broken, you have to copy/paste the url into a new tab):

    • Gender nonconforming: a term used to describe people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic expectations. The terms “gender variant” or “gender atypical” are also used.
    • Transgender: an umbrella term used to describe a person whose gender identity or gender expression is different from that traditionally associated with the assigned sex at birth.

    In other words a “transgender” person is indistinguishable from a gender NON-CONFORMING person, except on self-report:

    Transgender youth are those whose assigned birth sex does not match their internalized sense of their gender (their “gender-related identity”), and gender nonconforming youth are those whose gender-related identity does not meet the stereotypically expected norms associated with their assigned sex at birth.

    So, basically a transgender youth is a child who is AWARE of her gender non-conformity. She then comes to understand her SELF through that non-conformity, creating a social persona that demands social “validation” of a “gender-related identity” consistent with and modeled after the *stereotypes* associated with the opposite sex (she then requires the right to be “treated as” whatever her “gender identity” demands).
    A gender non-conforming child, on the other hand, simply non-conforms without internalizing the stereotypes associated with the opposite sex as the DEFINING ESSENCE of their individual self. A gender non-conforming child does not lie about her sex.
    In the words of a very wise mother:

    I’m not anti-pink. I’m not anti-princess (although I really do not dig the Disney version). I’m not anti-girly. I’M ANTI-LIMITATION. I want my daughter to be bold. I want her to be unafraid to be intelligent. I want her to be respected for her accomplishments. She will not be raised to think that the world belongs only to boys and that she is merely a pretty thing in it.

    1. ALSO, everyone may be interested to note that there’s an exception in Massachusetts law allowing for public accommodations segregated on the basis of sex.
      The problem is MA statute doesn’t apply to PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS, but bathrooms still exist in schools (and workplaces).

      A place of public accommodation, resort or amusement within the meaning hereof shall be defined as and shall be deemed to include any place, whether licensed or unlicensed, which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public and, without limiting the generality of this definition, whether or not it be (1) an inn, tavern, hotel, shelter, roadhouse, motel, trailer camp or resort for transient or permanent guests or patrons seeking housing or lodging, food, drink, entertainment, health, recreation or rest; (2) a carrier, conveyance or elevator for the transportation of persons, whether operated on land, water or in the air, and the stations, terminals and facilities appurtenant thereto; (3) a gas station, garage, retail store or establishment, including those dispensing personal services; (4) a restaurant, bar or eating place, where food, beverages, confections or their derivatives are sold for consumption on or off the premises; *****************(5) a rest room, barber shop, beauty parlor, bathhouse, seashore facilities or swimming pool, except such rest room, bathhouse or seashore facility as may be segregated on the basis of sex;******************

      Pub accomm=a rest room, barber shop, beauty parlor, bathhouse, seashore facilities or swimming pool, EXCEPT such rest room, bathhouse or seashore facility as may be segregated on the basis of sex;

  4. Back when I was in elementary school, there was a person in my class who I couldn’t tell was a boy or a girl. Like all children, there was physically little difference between boys and girls. She didn’t dress in a girly way, she was very masculine in behavior, and she played a lot with boys. I now know that her name isn’t a unisex name (boys don’t usually have her name), but at the time, I didn’t know. It wasn’t until I had gym class with her once and saw her in a girl’s swimsuit that I knew she was a girl.
    She ended up being straight, by the way, so this wasn’t your classic tomboy lesbian story.
    But I wonder what would happen if she was in Massachusetts right now, as a kid. When the kids were separated into two lines for “boys” or “girls,” would be expected to go over with the boys? How would she, a female, be treated in the female locker rooms? Would a teacher monitoring the hallway, who didn’t know her, redirect her to the boys’ room?

  5. I know a nurse who talked openly about her concerns and worries regarding her dying father to her family physician. The physician billed psych without the nurse’s knowledge. Years after dad passed on nurse decided to write medical articles. She sought insurance for her office, and was denied for reasons of having a psychological illness. The doctor said: how else could i get paid for listening to you. (About three times says nurse).
    Now, I know other insurers and employers check credit records, and credit records have a lot more info on them than your late car loans. They will access your medical records. It may not be legal, but they find a way.
    Will this girl who refuses to change her tampon in the same washroom as the boys get a psych note on her medical records? She will get a “problem student” note on her school records. How will that affect her getting into the uni of her choice, or buying insurance for her little cupcake baking business to pay her tuition. Just asking.

  6. Also from the DOE guidance (I hope you don’t mind my dropping notes here):

    The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student or, in the case of young students not yet able to advocate for themselves, with the parent.5 One’s gender identity is an innate, largely inflexible characteristic of each individual’s personality that is generally established by age four, although the age at which individuals come to understand and express their gender identity may vary based on each person’s social and familial social development.6

    6 See Gerald P. Mallon, “Practice with Transgendered Children,” in Social Services with Transgendered Youth 49, 55-58 (Gerald P. Mallon ed., 1999). See also Stephanie Brill & Rachel Pepper, “Developmental Stages and the Transgender Child,” in The Transgender Child, 61-64.

    Bullshit. “Innate, largely inflexible” is ridiculous. Studies are scant for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because “TRANS” is UNDEFINED (could be anything you know!).
    The best statistics that I’m aware of are a result of the 2004 UK GRA. These show that the MAJORITY of individuals seeking “gender recognition” changes in the UK are “late transitioners.”

    Statistics – Age of Transition (Gender Recognition Certificate)
    As can be seen from the data below, the majority of Gender Recognition Certificates are issued to “late transitioners” (62%), almost two thirds. Those aged 61+ (11%), aged 51-60 (26%), aged 41-50 (25%), moderately late transitioners (21%), and younger transitioners (17%).

    Gender is not innate or unchanging. SEX is.

    1. This particular statistic is simply the result of the GRA (2004) and NHS transitioning services (1999) becoming available at a fixed point in time. So people who had GID for a while but were not able to get treatment trickled into the system as they became aware of the change. Note another statistic on the same page – the majority got fee exemptions because of low income; that’s because those on high incomes handle these issues faster and without the need for State help (my suspicion would be that they got their GRAs before 2006, soon after they became available, as they were already operated on their own money).

      1. “Trans” is a false means of categorizing people, that’s why there are unreliable statistics: no one can agree on which persons do/not “count” for the purpose of statistical tracking. It would be smart to clear up that definition. See discussion above of gender-non-nonconforming versus “transgender” youth.
        The point, Mikhail, is that “gender-as-sacred-description-of-self” is NOT as inflexible as many trans-activists allege. We have anecdotal evidence GALORE to show that males in particular tend to seek “sex changes” later in life. And that point still stands. And it undermines the claim that gender is “generally” set-for-life-at-birth.

      2. Note that I used “GID” not “Trans”. “Trans” is a rather wide “umbrella” for lots of different people, many of whom don’t need medical treatment or a gender recognition certificate – just a reasonable social attitude. GID, on the other hand, is a medical condition that has a clear definition, not perfect but as clear as many other medical syndromes. (Look up “CPPS” or “Interstitial Cystitis” for other examples of poorly understood but nevertheless defined syndromes).
        WPATH is adamant that a diagnosis of GID be made only when the person has identifiable distress about the current make of their body. If they simply want to present socially as the other gender, it is not in itself GID, though such a person can identify as Trans. (To what extent they should be allowed such presentation is a separate debate, which is political, social, and legal, but not medical).
        The reason people of a relatively advanced age decide to proceed with GID treatment is usually that such treatment was not available to them, for any of a variety of reasons, when they were younger. This effect is especially pronounced in the UK because the NHS exists and has only started covering this treatment relatively recently.

      3. Mikhail- the vast majority of “trans” people who obtain Gender Recognition Certificates in the UK where health care is free, never even get SRS, although eligible. Your medical model is incorrect.

  7. A discussion about coed bathroom/shower situations. Since we are all about to be forced to endure coed environments after just a few embryonic attempts at gender neutral bath/showers in the college setting.
    Here’s a student’s description of what coed bathrooms and showers are like at Oberlin College:
    “Within the first week of each semester every dorm/hall/co-op/house has a house meeting. One of the first topics discussed is bathrooms.
    I only lived in Harkness co-op, one of the building with group showers, but I spent time in many other dorms other than my own, so the bathroom policy (not just the showers) affects any and everyone who visits.
    If there is opposition to co-ed bathrooms within the initial conversations each semester, a bathroom within that dormitory will be designated for a single gender. It may not be convenient for yourself or others (say, you may be showering on a different hallway than the one you live on, or have to walk down a flight of steps), but no one will be forced into a situation that they wouldn’t be comfortable with.
    The compromise situations in many dorm/hall/co-op/houses are excellent and it works VERY well: The most common is the E system. Essentially, a large cardboard or plastic letter E is place on the door or at the entrance of the showers (there are sometimes signs for both; so all students could brush their teeth while other folks are in the shower, you get the idea), which, when turned a certain way, will indicate who is allowed in the bathroom at the time. You move it when you enter, you put it back to E when you exit (unless someone else is in the room at the time).
    E – “everyone” – Anyone can be in the bathroom/shower
    M (E turned down) – “Men” – Only dudes
    W (E turned up) – “Women” – Only dudettes
    3 – (E turned to the left) – only three people, “Me, myself, and I” – if you’d like to be alone.
    I’ve also seen wheels that indicate who can be in the bathroom (on a string or a hook so it can be easily turned) at a given time, but the E is commonly used all over campus.
    These signs are respected to the utmost by everyone. It’s a big step in a community to respect each other’s spaces and wishes, and it is a very mature way to deal with a potentially touchy issue.
    The communities I have lived with have found these signs to be the most effective solution to the range of opinions and offerings of the division of the bathroom. As I said, I lived in Harkness, the only dorm with totally open showers (much like a locker room); Fairchild has a similar setup except that there are curtain dividers between the shower heads.
    Because there were three bathrooms in Harkness, and my shower schedule was so ridiculous (I would fluctuate between late at night, early morning, or in the middle of the afternoon, depending when I was free), I rarely ended up showering at the same time as anyone else, but if someone else were there, we would have sing-a-longs. If I ever wanted time alone, I could have it, too. If the shower on my floor was ever marked for something that didn’t involve others, there were two others to choose from in the dorm, too.
    In short, everyone can have whatever they are comfortable with. It’s a win-win situation.”

    This sounds great. Like everyone is participating and respecting. A utopian change that allows for freeing everyone from their sexual biology hangups. Of course such an enlightened viewpoint should lead to more enlightened interaction between the sexes.
    So I looked up the rape statistics for Oberlin College out of curiosity.
    Evidently, that enlightened respect for bodies does not translate to lower sexual offense rates. Quite the opposite.
    “Oberlin ranks third in the number of sexual offenses among the nation’s top 25 private liberal arts colleges, according to a Review analysis of recently released federal data.
    Release of the data comes as campus sexual offense policies are coming under greater scrutiny after students from several liberal arts colleges, including Oberlin, published personal accounts of on-campus assault through various media outlets that highlight problems with reporting process.
    The Review analysis looked at the number of sexual offenses reported on campus over the last three years in the U.S. Department of Education’s national database of campus crime statistics. It compared Oberlin’s figures to those of the other schools ranked in the nation’s top 25 private liberal arts colleges, based on the most recent U.S. News college rankings. The Review found that over the last three years, Oberlin had the third-highest number of reports, with 21, trailing only Amherst College’s 36 reports and Vassar College’s 22. Also high on the list were Bowdoin College (19) and Haverford College (18). These statistics have not been adjusted for school size, which ranged from 777 students at Harvey Mudd to 2,959 students at Oberlin.
    Camille Hamlin Allen, sexual offense policy administrator for Oberlin, attributes the school’s number of reports to a greater emphasis on reporting.
    “Our policy has the concept of everyone’s duty to report,” she said. “I think that Oberlin students and the community itself take this duty to report very seriously, and it’s stressed from the moment freshmen come in.” ”

    So, the high ranking is because of reporting? I started digging, and found that the administration with its greater emphasis on reporting, appears to be doing everything it can to suppress reporting.
    Oberlin College claims to have a streamlined process for sexual offenses. Victims are encouraged to report and go through the process. The process that appears to be foot-dragging and victim-blaming. Obviously, many who have witnessed this process fail to come forward with their own complaints.
    In fact, in one publicized case where the victim is trying to get the campus to clean up their process, Camille Hamlin Allen appears to be supporting the Respondent (read that as ‘Rapist’) **DURING THE HEARING ITSELF AND PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE AS THE RESPONDENT IS ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM THE DEFENDANT**.
    and the follow-up
    It actually appears that the administration at Oberlin College does everything it can possibly do to discourage convictions of sexual offense because it might inflate their already horrific sexual offense numbers. Are those numbers artificially high because of reporting? It appears that actually they are much lower than they should be due to underreporting and deft handling by the administration to allow sexual offenders the benefit of the doubt (and make their sexual offense numbers appear better).
    So, what about other colleges that have trumpeted coed bathrooms/showers?
    Well, there’s Amherst College –
    And, unsurprisingly, they’re high on the list of sexual offenses reported also.
    Well, what about Vassar College – Except for one all-female dormitory, all of the student resident halls at Vassar are coed and have coed bathrooms.
    Oh, it’s on the list too.
    Haverford College? Also has coed bathrooms. And while you don’t have to do it, there’s peer pressure on the students to accept this.
    And Haverford is on the list.
    Hmm, there’s a pattern going. It doesn’t mean that having coed bathrooms leads to sexual offense. But the higher rates of sexual offense at these schools does lead one to wonder if more permissive attitudes aren’t leading to more offenses. Nudity is still viewed as sexual. Until we can remove sex from nudity, (ie, safely walk down the street in the nude without feeling ill at ease) nudity still makes us vulnerable to sexual offenses.

    and one does have to wonder at this coed’s description of a guy who just didn’t even bother to shut the stall door. And her discomfort with that. And then the self blame because he was obviously between her and the way out with his visible penis, but she didn’t want to be ‘violating his privacy by peeking’. Though I’m pretty sure his intent was to make her uncomfortable. In another age, we’d have called this a sexual offense. But we’re systematically removing the legal basis of these sorts of intimidation tactics out of the realm of sexual offense.

    Obviously, no one is properly educating these young people as to individual rights and responsibilities. I’d have reported his lame ass to the police and filed a complaint on campus. And gotten a lawyer. I shouldn’t have to view a penis in spaces where the authorities have deemed that I should go to be unclothed.

    1. Bowdoin College was neglected in the commentary above. While Bowdoin does not have an official coed bathroom policy –at least none that they’ll admit, there is an unofficial coed bathroom policy as witnessed by this student journalism article arguing for gender neutral bathrooms across campus:

    2. Excellent reporting!
      Hmm, there’s a pattern going. It doesn’t mean that having coed bathrooms leads to sexual offense. But the higher rates of sexual offense at these schools does lead one to wonder if more permissive attitudes aren’t leading to more offenses. Nudity is still viewed as sexual. Until we can remove sex from nudity, (ie, safely walk down the street in the nude without feeling ill at ease) nudity still makes us vulnerable to sexual offenses.
      I think it’s not higher permissiveness, it’s downright ignorance. People are massively invested in denying male violence. Back in the day, it was so legitimate as to be invisible and nowadays it is so individualized as to be invisible. The academy is especially good at the latter – you are basically forced to relativize your claims about sex-specific behavior to not be called essentialist, leading, of course, to masses of people not seeing the elephant in the room.

      1. That’s right. Look at ‘battered’ women–the previous generation of women had to push hard to get that one into the daylight.

    3. With the “E” thing, how are you supposed to know if the bathroom is empty or if it contains a bather (or bathers) who are happy to shower in mixed company? Knock first I guess?
      Meanwhile I’ve stayed in places with only one bathing facility that had to be used by all, but they had an hour system, so men bathing from 7 to 8 PM and then women from 8 to 9 or similar. Big sign changes from “MEN” to “WOMEN” or “CLOSED” at the appropriate time.
      As for colleges (at least in the US) it seems they do everything possible to keep on-campus crime from getting on the record, period.

  8. My goddess, that is entirely cracked. What the hell are they smoking?
    You know, one good thing that could come out of this (after some really bad, damaging things happening to the parties involved, unfortunately) is the mother of all lawsuits that exposes just how fucked up this mentality is.

  9. The idea of treating a kid “like a girl” or “like a boy” is unacceptable. This proves we need feminism now more than ever.

    1. THIS. A lot of the problem would be solved, IMHO, by (1) not requiring girls and boys to dress a certain way, and maybe more importantly (2) NOT segregating by sex when outside of the bathroom and changing facility.
      Meaning, it should be okay for a boy to socialize with girls if he wants to, they share interests, and they want him there. Vice versa also.
      So many of the young-kid “My kid is trans*!” parent narratives are all about how their young boys wanted to play with the girls or the other way around and the other parents and the teacher weren’t having any of it, and they socialize the other kids that way so the kids don’t like it either, and you end up with a boy who prays that God will take his penis away, of course, because he’s been told that it is the reason he can’t wear what he wants and play with his best friend (who happens to be a girl) from across the street now that they’re in the first grade.

  10. Ah, well, we’re in a post-feminist age. Let’s dissolve the politically-oppressed category of “female” now to get with the times. C’mon, ladies, you’re just sex-negative prudes! Lighten up!

  11. Geez, who does this harm more, women or men? Who is harmed by men exposing themselves? Why should women have to police their every move, even for something as simple as going to the restroom? This policy is crazy, and these are the so-called elite colleges.

    1. re: elite: I went to college [big state u type] in the mid 90s and the first school with co-ed showers that I remember hearing about was Vassar.

      1. Dorms are co-ed here, but no one lives there unless they are very poor. they are old, smelly, not kept up. Students get out to shared apartments or other arrangements as soon as they can. So, once again, poor women take the brunt of male abuse. No problem with washrooms if you have your own washroom key. No problem with co-ed change rooms at the country club pool. The legislators daughters are not affected by this at all.

  12. Pardon if I missed it, but how in the world is this going to jibe with Title IX?
    If M2T 6″ ‘Amber’ is up against 5″ Mary for the last slot on the girls’ basketball team, Mary had better be *really* good. Eventually, the girls’ teams could be predominantly male, while the reverse would not be true. Can’t they see that?

    1. Not to mention what if “Amber” is a middle-aged retired IT guy who used to play Division I college ball back in the day…

  13. The only negative comment I can find is, of course, from Fox News.
    I am sickened beyond words that progressives and so-called feminists are backing this. Girls are going to have to accept boys in the bathrooms and showers? Does everyone FORGET how horrible the boys were in elementary school? Hell, never mind childhood–as an adult I don’t want a boy or a man in my bathroom.
    Is there no progressive/feminist lawyer willing to defend girls?
    The people who need to be “counseled” are not the girls who object to a boy in their bathroom. It’s the boys. Whatever they “identify” as, however they dress, they need to accept each other in the boys room. If any forced counseling is going to go on, it should be on the boys.

    1. I hate to say it, but Fox News is right on target here. It should be the boys counseled to accept someone who is different. Not the girls forced to accept someone with a penis in their space. This has gone on way too long, obviously.

  14. Yes, we all know how horrifying those boys were in school. Just another excuse to let the pigs attack girls in restrooms. Boys need to be educated about respecting gender non-conforming boys who go to boys restrooms, and not allow the wolves into girls private spaces. This should be self evident. Guess it will take a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a school where a boy rapes a girl in the girls’s room who claims to be a girl. I hope they sue them into insolvency.

      SECTION 1. Section 7 of chapter 4 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following clause:-
      Fifty-ninth, The meaning of “gender identity” shall be distinct from that of “sex” and “sexual orientation.” Access to lawfully sex-segregated facilities, accommodations, resorts, and amusements, as well as educational, athletic, and therapeutic activities and programs, shall be controlled by an individual’s anatomical sex of male or female, regardless of that individual’s gender identity.

  15. Good for her. I’m glad someone is showing some common sense here. It’s not surprising that the trans spokesperson quoted in the article said that not doing things their way was bullying. On a roleplaying game message board that is now heavily influenced by trans-supremacists, anything that isn’t agreeing with them 100% is bullying. They are actively campaigning to rearrange the world so they’re treated as the special snowflakes they are. The rest of us are just props and scenery.

  16. Concerns over transgender-students policy
    Legislators seek focus on anatomy in the use of segregated facilities
    By Allison Thomasseu, Sun Statehouse correspondent
    Updated: 03/03/2013 06:39:57 AM EST
    BOSTON — Area legislators, unhappy with a plan to allow transgender public-school students to choose which gender bathrooms and locker rooms to use, have met with Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester to push for a policy that defines a student’s gender on anatomy, not self-identification, when using sex-segregated facilities.
    “An anatomical male in a locker room could make girls feel uncomfortable and vice versa,” said Rep. Colleen Garry, D-Dracut, prior to joining other lawmakers in their meeting with Chester on Friday.
    Legislators want to change a policy set by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education last week that expands the 2011 anti-gender identity discrimination law to allow transgender students to use their preferred bathroom or locker room.
    The lawmakers are also backing a bill sponsored by Garry that would dictate a change in the rules.
    Garry said the Legislature discussed the issue in 2011 as part of the debate over the anti-discrimination law, but left the facilities issue out because it could violate other students’ privacy.
    “The (2011) bill was not to accommodate locker rooms and bathrooms, but the commissioner took it upon himself to provide guidance to schools,” Garry said.
    Garry said Chester was not willing to revoke the department’s guidelines yet, but she stressed that the guidelines are not law.
    “This is guidance; it’s not regulation,” Garry said. “It’s their interpretation of how schools should handle things.”
    JC Considine, director of media relations for the education department, said the department has no plans to rescind the guidance.
    Rep. Sheila Harrington, R-Groton, said the legislators discussed adding separate facilities, such as teacher bathrooms, for students who feel uncomfortable using bathrooms due to a gender issue.
    “Obviously we’re very sensitive to people with transgender issues, and we’re trying to be compassionate, but we want to be respectful of the privacy of all people,” Harrington said.
    Rep. Marc Lombardo, R-Billerica, along with Rep. James Miceli, D-Wilmington, and eight other representatives, backed the bill to ensure what he said was the innocence and safety of Massachusetts children.
    “It’s time we say enough to this radical social agenda promoted by the administration and use common sense to protect our children,” Lombardo said.
    Massachusetts is one of 16 states, along with Rhode Island and Vermont, which have transgender anti-discrimination laws. There is little data on how many transgender students are in Massachusetts.
    Jesse Begenyi, executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, said Garry’s bill does not protect transgender-student rights.
    “They are students who aren’t trying to be disruptive,” Begenyi said. “They are trying to fit in and use the appropriate facility to fit in.”
    Begenyi said Garry’s bill could cause more violence against transgender students.
    “Transgender students know what’s safest for them, and to have someone telling them where they need to be — that’s unsafe,” Begenyi said.
    According to a 2009 report by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, a nonprofit New York-based advocacy group, 89 percent of transgender students said they have been verbally harassed, and 55 percent say they have been physically harassed.
    Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth, said allowing transgender students to choose their own facility might make some students uncomfortable, but that concern should not be the state’s priority.
    “There’s a difference between comfort and safety, and the people who are unsafe are the transgender students,” she said.
    Brian Camenker, executive director of MassResistance, a Waltham-based pro-family group, criticized Garry’s bill for being “wishy-washy.”
    “We think the bill is misguided to say the least, and a cowardly approach,” he said.
    Camenker called gender identity “medical quackery,” and said the only solution is to repeal the 2011 law.
    Andrew Beckwith, executive vice president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the bill would reinstate the 2011 discrimination law’s original purpose and close any legal loopholes.
    “Anatomy is a (clear) distinction, whereas gender identification is fluid and can flow back and forth,” Beckwith said. “The law enacted a broad standard, but the commission took it to the extreme.”
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    1. It is such a relief to see anyone standing up to this gender madness, and to defend the privacy rights of young girls. I keep thinking about the negative ripple effect these trans cases can have on the girls in their classes and locker rooms. Not only the violation of privacy, but the questioning that could happen for a girl–like one of mine, raised by a feminist mom and supportive dad, never restricted in her interests or attire because she was a girl–who might suddenly stop feeling ok with herself because these authority figures define “girl” based on stereotypes, to the extent that maybe some kid with a penis is seen as being “more girl-like” than she is. How confusing, destabilizing, and honestly insulting. I know as a little girl I would have felt insulted. It frankly terrifies me. It’s such a fragile thing, having a little girl who is pretty much comfortable in her skin, there are so many forces ready to yank that away from her. 🙁

      1. Bipartisan support! I hope they succeed. The arm of the state has no business promoting outdated sex stereotypes. Let male children use male facilities and participate on male sports teams no matter what they like to wear or what belief system they or their family subscribes to. Now THAT would be a progressive approach.

  17. “Mr. Ehrhard has been outspoken on the issue and opposes allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. He also opposes allowing them to play on sports teams if it contradicts with a student’s anatomical sex. He said that all teenage girls would feel deeply uncomfortable having an “anatomical male of any sort” using the same bathroom, locker room and, possibly, shower.
    “You will be hard pressed to find someone who supports these regulations. At the same time, you will be hard pressed to find someone who will speak out against it,” he said.
    He added: “People, rightly or wrongly, feel if they speak out against these extreme liberal policies that they are going to get personally attacked.”
    Thursday night, in a 4-0 vote, the Tantasqua Regional School District Legislative Subcommittee approved a motion stating the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s guidance document, as written, appears not to be in line with the legislative intent of An Act Relative to Gender Identity (Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011). The members also plan to area’s state representatives and senator to have the DESE review and revise the guidance document such that it is accordance with the legislative intent.
    The motion, which was made by Mr. Ehrhard, will go to the Tantasqua Regional School Committee Tuesday for a final vote. ”

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