Oberlin considers banning gender pronouns in athletic department
Oberlin College wants to take a stand that some might consider courageous, while others would think it bat-guano crazy.
Or just weird, bizarre, incomprehensible, and frightening.
You see, they want to ban gender specific pronouns - he, hers, his, etc. - so as not to offend those of the transgender persuasioin.
Since this would be limited to the athletic department, it makes you wonder just how many transgender athletes are matriculating at Oberlin. Is Oberlain a transgender power in college sports? One would think so based on this proposed policy.
Oberlin College, a smallish hothouse of leftist folly about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio, is contemplating a complex set of rules designed to make the athletic department more hospitable for transgender people.
The new rules would mandate transgender sensitivity training for all coaches and athletic staff members, reports Campus Reform.
In addition, the new policy would replace all gender-specific pronouns – she, her, hers, he, her, hers – with plural equivalents they, them and theirs.
Student-athletes don’t have to attend the required training sessions, but they would be “strongly encouraged.”
The new rules would also require all athletic department paperwork to say “a transgender student-athlete who was designated a female at birth and is/is not taking medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition” for female students who have decided they are now male students.
For male students who have decided they are now female students, the new wording would be “a transgender student-athlete who was designated a male at birth and is/is not taking medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition.”
The current lingo for these individuals at Oberlin is “FTM,” which stands for female-to-male, and “MTF,” which stands for male-to-female.
It’s not clear how many transgender students are playing sports at Oberlin right now, or the teams for which they are playing.
And it better stay that way or Oberlin would be in a lot of trouble with the NCAA. The governing body of college athletics takes a dim view of anatomically male athletes playing on female teams - hormone therapy or not.
The NCAA says athletes who have testosterone in their systems from medical treatment will not be allowed to compete against women’s teams in gender-specific sports at NCAA championships. They will be allowed, however, to compete against men.
The exception is if a male is transitioning to being a female. The athlete would then have to provide documentation showing they had testosterone suppression treatment for one calendar year. The athlete would then have to continue to document the medical treatment each successive year to remain eligible for a women’s team in postseason play.
The NCAA says individual schools can continue to make their own decisions about eligibility during regular-season play.
If I were the coach of a woman's team playing Oberlin during the regular season, you can bet I'd demand testing of all female athletes to make sure they aren't men.
Oh - and don't forget about "checking your privilege" if you want to play sports at Oberlin:
The changes are part of a draft policy proposed at the end of April entitled “Guidelines for Inclusion and Respectful Treatment of Intercollegiate Transgender Student Athletes.” The policy was developed by Oberlin’s Transgender Participation Advisory Committee.
The policy is expected to be implemented in the fall of 2015, according to Oberlin’s student newspaper.
“It is basically intended to sort of be a 101,” Oberlin junior Emily Clarke, a member of the longwinded committee, told Campus Reform. “We also talk about choice, privilege and agency in presentation of gender and pronouns and ends with trans-allyship dos and don’ts.”
The rationale behind the policy is that it’s wrong to “question people about their transitioning processes,” Clarke explained.
“Don’t use ‘ladies’ or ‘gentlemen’ when addressing a group of people,” she added, according to Campus Reform.
By the way, Clarke was once a member of the Oberlin Rhinos, the rugby team on campus for women and trans-inclusive people.
We may think this silly - and it is - but students and administrators are deadly serious about it. Forget the stupidity of trying to "ban" a part of speech in the name of sensitivity. The kind of brainwashing that is being proposed flies in the face of academic freedom - not to mention common sense.
The LGBT crowd is pushing changes in the workplace to accommodate transgenders. No doubt some court challenge will be successful and what we used to call "cross dressers" - until we became much more open and sensitive - will be able to sue for discrimination based on a wide variety of criteria; bathrooms, promotions, and lord knows what else.
Oberlin's new policy is just the tip of the iceberg.