As the party-pooper in an article about girls who want to become boys attending elite women's colleges
. I'm...delighted. (Though I do agree with my fellow alums that knowingly admitting female-to-male transsexuals does interfere with certain aspects of the women's college mission.)
"Same-sex colleges have always been test beds for transformations among American women. Set up as places where women could flourish without men, colleges like Barnard, Wellesley, Smith and Mount Holyoke have always had dual personalities, serving both as finishing schools and as incubators of American feminism."
"Colleges must also navigate the attitudes and expectations of their alumnae. While some alumnae have readily accepted the presence of trans students on their campuses, others, like Suzanne Corriell and Regis Ahern, graduates of Mount Holyoke, see it as a betrayal of the foundational principles of their alma mater. Corriell and Ahern recently wrote an angry letter to The Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, charging that admitting transmale students was, in effect, a way of “passively going coed” and that the 'lifestyle choices' of these students was a bald negation of a women’s college charter. Trans students, they wrote, were simply 'men seeking to take advantage of Mount Holyoke’s liberal and accepting atmosphere.' / When I called Corriell, who is 28, at the law library at the University of Richmond, where she works, she explained her feelings to me this way: 'I am a strong believer in women’s education, and I think the colleges are a dying breed that need protection. I respect their agenda, which is educating women.' She paused, then said: 'Educating trans students in a same-sex residential community produces difficulty — when a student no longer identifies as a woman, the privilege to attend these schools is lost. Men have lots of schools they can go to — why must transmen go to women’s schools?'"