1. Nov 3, 2012 12:30pm

    Trans Woman In College Locker Room Sparks Title IX Debate

    Hey, in case you’ve forgotten in the midst of the unification of Sandy relief that there are some arguments you really can’t take a side on, here’s the latest in Catch 22s!

    Evergreen State College’s non-discrimination policy is being put to the test now that the mother of a 17-year-old girl using the Evergreen swimming facilities filed an incident report about 45-year-old transgender woman named Colleen Francis, who walked nude around the locker room. Francis was confronted by a female swim coach who later apologized when Francis told her she was transgender, but maintained that her (biologically male) presence might make the girls—as young as six—uncomfortable.

    Francis, who, after 20 years serving in the army, wears a low-dose estrogen patch, plans not to undergo sex reassignment surgery and says she prefers women, is outraged: “This is not 1959 Alabama. We don’t call police for drinking from the wrong water fountain.”

    But for the time being, Evergreen’s temporary solution does sort of resemble that: after parents refused to allow their minor daughters to change in front of Francis, the girls’ sports teams were placed in a smaller ancillary locker room space to change and Francis was given the run of the main locker room—which is where Title IX comes in, say some: the old discussion of “male privilege” shuttling female athletics by the wayside.

    Are both sides of the situation unfair? Absolutely. To make it worse, this is one of those situations that fundamentalists and right-wingers like to turn political; hell, even the blog coverage feels skewed towards anti-trans. Just look at the headlines.

    The parents have retained lawyers from the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, who throw all kinds of disrespectful terms around in their letter to the head of student affairs at Evergreen (the transgendered Francis becomes a “dangerous,” voyeuristic “naked man,” etc.).

    David Hacker, senior legal counsel at the Alliance, had this to say:

    The idea that the college and the local district attorney will not act to protect young girls is appalling… What Americans are seeing here is the poisoned fruit of so-called ‘non-discrimination’ laws and policies.”

    The website Gender Trender also attacks Francis personally by posting her various dating profiles and sexual predilections.

    -Anna Breslaw

    'WA state college allows transgender man to expose himself to young girls' [The Right Scoop]
    'Olympia WA School Officials: State Gender Identity provision overrides Title IX Equality for Girls Swim Teams'
    [Gender Trender]

     
  1. badsammajama reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    I just feel like it’s more the right of the underage girls to not see a penis in the locker room than it is for the...
  2. inqueering reblogged this from lgbtadvocate and added:
    wow that letter is fucking infuriating
  3. sexnotgender reblogged this from fallenagain and added:
    decency. common decency. cover your dick.
  4. humboldtoctober reblogged this from fffemme
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  6. moadeep reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    What “male privilege”??...woman and, more importantly, an actual STUDENT
  7. lgbtadvocate reblogged this from desidia5ever
  8. synful-self reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    And she couldn’t have worn a towel because…? Seriously, the rampant transphobia is disgusting, but at the same time, the...
  9. c0s1ma reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    what a fucking sloppy article. did jezebel lose its common sense and decency along with their servers after the...
  10. maylooklikedisaster reblogged this from thedappercrow and added:
    Fucking frustrating. Jezebel calls out others blogs for being anti-trans* and does a sloppy job with its own reporting...
  11. desidia5ever reblogged this from fffemme
  12. fallenagain reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    And? While she has...should be fucking considerate. There are little kids
  13. americangenderdevil reblogged this from fffemme and added:
    aaaauuuughhh
  14. texasisforbadasses reblogged this from fffemme and added:
    gg jezebel
  15. danidandidaneee reblogged this from fffemme and added:
    right?! at first i thought it was maybe an extremely careless typo, but she continues to do it for the rest of the...
  16. fffemme reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    In which Jezebel misgenders a transwoman in an article that attacks other articles for being transphobic.
  17. esculentesset reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    Of course, it’s not just...takes issue with Francis:
  18. thedappercrow reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    I thought I loved Jezebel...article has no idea what its fucking talking about....
  19. i-am-so-impressive reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    C’mon Jez, Colleen’s...are not “his,” they’re “hers.”
  20. thesexassemblage reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    Take a look at this article about the messy intersections of gender, safety, age, and power. First off, there are some...
  21. joaniecash reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    His he his he his his he. Stay fucking classy Jez.
  22. politics-r-us reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    transcommunity if you...(self-described!) fetishitic crossdressers
  23. flowerskss reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    trans woman…stay classy, Jezebel! Here’s
  24. fromtheemic reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    Hey, in case you’ve forgotten in the midst of the unification of Sandy relief that there are some arguments you really...
  25. agentsex reblogged this from jezebelcom and added:
    randomly switch between...male pronouns there.
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