Smith College Will Now Admit Transgender Women

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Here’s some inspiring news to start your week off right: Smith College will begin accepting transgender applicants effective this fall.

Reports AP Online:

The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women’s college had previously asked undergraduates to have consistently identified as female since birth.

Smith President Kathleen McCartney and board Chair Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard said in announcing the change on Saturday since Smith’s founding, “concepts of female identity have evolved.”

Smith will not admit students who were born female but identify as male.

GLAAD, as well as Smith alumnae, are credited with helping to facilitate the policy change. Either way: I have a feeling that Smith class of 2019 is destined to do great things.


Image courtesy GLAAD

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"Not a real" DrDonna

Okay folks, it’s time for another round of “No, That’s Not a Thing.”

No, this doesn’t defeat the idea of a women’s college. Trans women are women. If you’re a cowardly troll and you want to claim that trans women aren’t women, just cut to the chase.

No, guys aren’t going to just claim to be a woman so they can get in. Besides the fact that that is fraudulent behavior, their families and friends would probably notice this sleight of hand and bring it up. Plus, it’s not like “be a woman” is the sole criteria for getting in. Any guy would also have to be an excellent student with all the extracurriculars-and what’s their motivation for this again?

No, this won’t open women’s spaces up to predators. Trans women are mostly the targets of assaults, not the perpetrators.

Any questions?