This week, Princeton got a lot less heteronormative—even if certain students still can’t pronounce “heteronormative”—with the introduction of a gender-neutral housing option.
Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson has confirmed that, this spring, Princeton upperclass students may lottery in mixed gender groups for apartment-style suites in Spelman Hall. Gender-neutral, you say? Then where’s the news from Janet Genital-erson? (Rim shot for feminism!)
This initiative was conceived primarily for the benefit of LGBT students uncomfortable with traditional housing options. Meanwhile, campus religious fundamentalists are trying to decide whether they’re angrier that Princeton’s doing gays a favor, or that they’re letting heterosexuals have all the dirty premarital roommate sex they want.
Sophomore Emily Rutherford first broke the news on her Campus Progress blog Wednesday. The Daily Princetonian printed its own coverage on Thursday, with further details as to the program’s restrictions:
“[Undergraduate Life Committee chair Arthur Levy ‘10] said that at least half of the members of mixed-gender draw groups — like all Spelman draw groups — must be unaffiliated with an eating club.”
Hmm. Something tells us that the Princeton students most concerned with genderqueer-friendly housing won’t be those puking on the floor of T.I. this weekend.
After the jump, no more dick jokes—we promise.
Princeton is the last of the Ivy League schools to offer gender-neutral housing, with the notable exception of Yale—but it’s okay, Yale’s probably doing something really important in the meantime. Janet Sexual-organ-erson (sorry, we lied) explained the logic underlying this decision to The Prince:
“The choices…reflect the same options that our students will face as young adults when they graduate.”
Right, because when you graduate, you live in a wacky sitcom world where four quirky twentysomethings can cohabit a large apartment with no need for full-time jobs. Dickerson continues:
“Our goal is to provide a variety of housing as well as dining options for our students so that everyone may feel that they have an array of excellent lifestyle choices.”
Um, where’d that come from? Is she suggesting there’s going to be gender-neutral dining, too? Gives a new meaning to the term “sausagefest.”
Well played, Princeton. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? Ten years from now, Spelman could be donated new wings named after the double-legacy babies conceived there.