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Women’s Groups at Harvard Frustrated by Same Sex Clubs Ban

Women’s Groups at Harvard Frustrated by Same Sex Clubs Ban

“These sanctions unfairly punish women’s groups”

This is rich in irony because the ban on same sex clubs was largely done with equality for women in mind.

The Boston Globe reports:

Harvard women’s groups frustrated by efforts to ban them

Just blocks from the multimillion-dollar brick mansions owned by Harvard University’s legendary all-male final clubs is a separate world.

Here, drab office building basements and former storefronts have been retouched with white lace curtains, comfy couches, and brightly decorated walls. Scattered around Harvard Square, these rented spaces are home to several of the university’s sororities and women’s final clubs.

There are no taxidermy collections here, passed down over generations, or grand staircases, and there’s barely enough room in some of them to throw a boozy party. Instead, it’s where Harvard’s undergraduate women say they pad around in their socks, gather to binge-watch Netflix shows, prep with their friends for job interviews, and compare notes on birth control.

But as Harvard attempts to crack down on all-male final clubs, a proposal to ban membership in exclusive clubs could have a disproportionate impact on women, who belong to such organizations in greater numbers.

“These sanctions unfairly punish women’s groups,” said Pauline Ryan, who graduated from Harvard this spring and was a member of a sorority and a women’s final club. “The administration often highlights Harvard’s mission of preparing its students for the ‘real world,’ but what they fail to acknowledge is that the real world still has ‘old boys clubs’ and that therefore women’s organizations remain necessary balancers and spaces that empower women.”

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Some of them are probably even WHITE women! Can you believe the privilege?

I love how women reject equality every time they’re offered it.

But you don’t get it. Banning ALL single sex groups isn’t equality, it’s misogyny…because privilege! Oppression! Patriarchy!

Equality means that MEN are prevented from associating exclusively with other men in clubs, but women can do whatever they want.

Sort of like the fact that there isn’t a National Association for the Advancement of White People or a Congressional White Caucus. That’s what equality looks like.

Just ask George Orwell.

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