Oberlin College, a smallish hothouse of leftist folly about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio, is contemplating a complex set of rules designed to make the athletic department more hospitable for transgender people.
The new rules would mandate transgender sensitivity training for all coaches and athletic staff members, reports Campus Reform.
In addition, the new policy would replace all gender-specific pronouns – she, her, hers, he, her, hers – with plural equivalents they, them and theirs.
Student-athletes don’t have to attend the required training sessions, but they would be “strongly encouraged.”
The new rules would also require all athletic department paperwork to say “a transgender student-athlete who was designated a female at birth and is/is not taking medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition” for female students who have decided they are now male students.
For male students who have decided they are now female students, the new wording would be “a transgender student-athlete who was designated a male at birth and is/is not taking medically prescribed hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition.”
The current lingo for these individuals at Oberlin is “FTM,” which stands for female-to-male, and “MTF,” which stands for male-to-female.
It’s not clear how many transgender students are playing sports at Oberlin right now, or the teams for which they are playing.
The changes are part of a draft policy proposed at the end of April entitled “Guidelines for Inclusion and Respectful Treatment of Intercollegiate Transgender Student Athletes.” The policy was developed by Oberlin’s Transgender Participation Advisory Committee.
The policy is expected to be implemented in the fall of 2015, according to Oberlin’s student newspaper.
“It is basically intended to sort of be a 101,” Oberlin junior Emily Clarke, a member of the longwinded committee, told Campus Reform. “We also talk about choice, privilege and agency in presentation of gender and pronouns and ends with trans-allyship dos and don’ts.”
The rationale behind the policy is that it’s wrong to “question people about their transitioning processes,” Clarke explained.
“Don’t use ‘ladies’ or ‘gentlemen’ when addressing a group of people,” she added, according to Campus Reform.
By the way, Clarke was once a member of the Oberlin Rhinos, the rugby team on campus for women and trans-inclusive people.