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Columbia Student Claims He Was Disciplined for Calling Himself Handsome

Columbia Student Claims He Was Disciplined for Calling Himself Handsome

Reported to the Gender-Based Misconduct Office.

If a female student described herself as pretty, would she be in any trouble? Anyone who disagreed with her probably would. It’s different for guys, though.

Reason reports:

Columbia Student: I Was Reported to Gender-Based Misconduct Office for Calling Myself Handsome

You would think students instructed to report to the Gender-Based Misconduct Office had committed serious transgressions. Its name conjures images of creepy guys harassing and violating women.

Columbia University graduate Benjamin Sweetwood claims he did nothing of the sort. He got in trouble for doing something completely inoffensive: he referred to himself as handsome in a class.

“Now I’ve graduated from Columbia University, I am finally ready to reveal a dark and shameful secret I have kept buried for almost two years,” writes Sweetwood in a recent article about his experience. “I, Ben Sweetwood, committed ‘gender misconduct’ while a student at the above mentioned institution of higher learning.”

According to Sweetwood, the incident happened in his Chinese class. He was supposed to say something in Chinese, and that’s what he picked. The professor later told him she thought it was a funny remark, but one student had complained.


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