Thursday, December 01, 2005

Academia imitates the Onion

One would think (and hope) that somebody is just having some fun with this story about intramural water polo at Pomona (CA) College, but sadly it is true:

Sports Commissioner Alex Wakeman ’06 asked the Senate for advice about an inner-tube water polo scoring system concern. Currently, female participants are awarded two points per goal and male participants are awarded one point per goal. One student was concerned about where transgendered students fit in this system. Wakeman understands the concern, but she is reluctant to change the scoring system because she feels it encourages more women to participate. DesRochers pointed out that the Senate needs to learn more about transgender issues because they do not have the vocabulary and background to provide the best solutions for these problems.


So what happens at a liberal arts college when a policy that benefits one favored identity group (women) is suddenly deemed politically incorrect by another favored identity group (transgender students)?

If the answer is one and a half points I have a feeling that a lot of men on campus will suddenly "identify as" transgender.

I'm speechless, but feel free to add your own punchline.


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