Thursday, March 21, 2013
Smith College Requires a Trans woman to be Sterilized prior to Admittance
policy would appear it is a welcoming place.
Calliope Wong blog "But in order to be legally recognized as “female” on my birth certificate according to BOTH Massachusetts and Connecticut law, I have to undergo vaginoplasty (feminizing genital surgery). From what I understand, Smith College will only evaluate me as a “real” girl if I get sex reassignment surgery."
"If I understand Smith correctly, this is perhaps the most obscene of rights violations that I have ever witnessed from a school. It’s not a loud and boisterous violation, which is all the worse: its sly wording hurts just as much but is hard to detect. By simply stating that only “females” may be allowed to apply and attend Smith, Smith College sets the bar for transwomen applicants impossibly high."
-transwomen are most likely not ready for surgery at 17 or 18, the typical age of a college applicant. It’s a monumental personal decision that usually arises from years of introspection and deliberation.
-transwomen may not even feel the need for genital surgery. Some transwomen do not experience extreme dysphoria about the state of their genitalia, and opt not to undergo vaginoplasty.
-genital surgery is notoriously expensive (several tens of thousands of dollars, easily), and many transwomen cannot afford to pay for vaginoplasty at this point in their lives."
This was the last update I could find by Calliope Wong which was posted last summer. Evidently there's been a lot going on since then. Everything posted here was factual and was cut and paste from Wong's blog and was current as of the posting.
Smith Q&A had this to say about this post: "By ignoring what actually happened according to the person it happened to, we are creating more problems in the fight to make Smith College change their policies surrounding trans* applicants.
Click the embedded links. I never publish a story without validation. I am continually asked to sign contracts by syndication services for that very reason.
However, I do post in a manner to draw attention (I call myself the Jerry Springer of trans bloggers) but I never, ever intentionally mislead or ignore the facts as I was accused of doing by the haughty Smith Q and A on Tumbler. Thank you very much Smith Q and A.