Feminist Friday: Why Are Women’s Colleges Disappearing?

Only a couple more of these left in the summer run. Best go & chime in while you have the chance 🙂 (Comments are disabled here to encourage discussion on the original post.)

Victim to Charm

In March, all-women’s Sweet Briar College in Virginia announced that it was no longer financially viable and would close its doors in August. The Class of 2015 would be the last to receive a Sweet Briar diploma.

After a long legal battle, Sweet Briar will remain open, and some arrangements have been made to help the school’s finances. But with no incoming freshman class and a high number of transfers away from the school, it’s likely that this is a temporary fix.

sweet briar crestIn the last 50 years, 185 women’s colleges have gone co-ed or closed; more than 20 of those changes have occurred since 2000.

Clearly, women’s colleges are in danger, and the Sweet Briar case has caused many conversations about the pros and cons of single-sex education.

Advantages of women’s colleges include:

  • All leadership roles are held by women. This is important considering the gender disparity in politics and positions of power


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Ask a Bisexual: “Can Men and Women Ever Just Be Friends?”

And we’re off and running with another Feminist Friday discussion. (Comments are disabled here to encourage you to comment on the original post.)

The Lobster Dance

In thisFeminist Friday post, I’mgoing to discuss bi1 erasure in social science research and news coverage. It’s bad enough having to do the closet hokey-pokey literally every single day of my life2, but when heterosexual/monosexual/cisgender social scientists and writers decideto pointedly ignore non-monosexualfolks orwrite their thrilling conclusions about our personal liveswithout our input3, it very much affects us.

Edit:WordPress was supposed to embed posts from tumblr and didn’t. The head image is from this post.

Exhibit A:Erasure by Exclusion as Data

Thisvery scientific article from 2012 fromScientific American(the link is from donotlink, so click away) is here to sell you a pack of lies (which hurt het folks, too!):

[Image: Scientific American, Headline reads [Image: Scientific American, Headline reads “Men and Women Can’t Be ‘Just Friends'” NO.

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Feminist Friday: The Myth of “Girl Stories”

I’ve got stuff going on, so I’m not able to to do a coffee post today (maybe tomorrow). Check out the latest Feminist Friday discussion post instead. I’m disabling comments on the reblog to encourage folks to comment on the original; and the Feminist Friday schedule for the rest of the summer is pinned to the top of the front page here.

Eclectic Alli

When I asked my friends for fantasy book recommendations for an 11 year old, they had many wonderful  suggestions.  I hadn’t mentioned the gender of the child in the original post and a few posters made assumptions which appeared to influence the recommendations they gave (much to their chagrin).  When I noticed this was happening I pointed it out, and that led into some great conversation.  One friend, Lynn, had recommended books that her son enjoyed, but noted that she “assumed the child in question was a girl, but only because she liked the Princess Bride — interesting huh?  I kind of hate to admit that.”

“It’s incredibly frustrating that parents, educators, and librarians continue to say that boys don’t have to read books that center on girls. There’s no reason that boys can’t empathize with girls, other than that we don’t teach them to. And as we continue to not teach them


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