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Problem or Not, Let’s Talk Gender

Deerfield, do we care about gender issues or not?

While the study conducted last spring and the survey sent this fall both implied that there is community interest in the topic and plenty of room for debate, momentum seems to have petered out lately.

Invitations to a series of co-gender discussion groups last week met with few—and initially all-female—responses, and of the twelve students signed up for last Monday’s meeting, only two showed.

If we’ve chosen to commit to this project, then let’s not drop the ball. Whether one “believes” in a true discrepancy between the sexes here at DA or sees no need for change at all, discussion should always occur.

What could make a difference here? Some say we could try introducing “brother” and “sister” corridors between dorms; others advocate instituting a “Valley Girl” role to complement Captain Deerfield. Or, make the move yourself to integrate tables at walk-through meals.

What do you think can or should change? No one can impose balanced gender relations, but everyone can try for them. Remaining mute on the topic ultimately sows conflict itself. gender relations, but everyone can try for them. Remaining mute on the topic ultimately sows conflict itself.

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