Women’s college invites the professors not to mention students ‘women’

An all-women’s college in Massachusetts is instructing the teachers to say “students” in the class instead of the use of the word ‘women’.


An all-women’s college in Massachusetts, tells her teachers not to say “women” in the classroom, but rather, use the word “students.”

Professors are instructed to say “Mount Holyoke students” in place of “Mount Holyoke women,” as well as avoiding statements such as “We are all women here…” or referring to “the two sexes” as part of a Teaching & Learning Initiative.

The Support of the Trans and Non-Binary Students guide is made by officials at Mount Holyoke to promote a ‘gender-neutral’ environment, reported.


But still, on the school’s website, it says: “Imagine that every day, the International Day of the woman. At Mount Holyoke,” and has also founded “by a woman!” in 1837.

The college wants professors to take a “multidisciplinary approach” for the classroom “by becoming aware of the different forms of oppression and the privilege of every individual faces and how they communicate with each other.”

An all-women’s college in Massachusetts is instructing the teachers to say “students” in the class instead of the use of the word ‘women’.

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During the Mount Holyoke maintains it is committed to its historic mission as a women’s college, says that it recognises that what it means to be a woman is always changing.

“Traditional binaries are, who counts as a man or woman are being challenged by those whose gender identity is not in accordance with their biology,” the policies of the member states.

The college formed a gender recognition task force to help with the changes.

A “biological woman born” can apply for admission, but only a “biologically born male” who “identifies as other/they/ze and when ‘other/they’ identity includes woman” and who “identifies as a woman.”


But even with all the safeguards and changes, the college admits that he makes mistakes.

“Classrooms are never neutral spaces, and are characterized by the same inequality, exclusion and power struggles elsewhere in the world,” the Inclusive Training manual reads. “The point is not to claim a privileged space for the class one way or the other, is exempt from these dynamics, but to work to eliminate them where we can, confront them, frankly, when we did not, and to find ways to listen and are inclusive of all our students in a fair and just ways.”

The school did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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