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Another women’s college admits men who think they are women

But ‘trans men’ are excluded

Another women’s college recently made the decision to admit men who identify as women, continuing a growing trend of the single-sex schools admitting “transgender” students of the opposite sex.

Stephens College, a women’s college in Columbia, Missouri, will “admit and enroll students who were not born female, but who identify and live as women,” the college recently announced, according to Inside Higher Ed. 

The students in question “will need to provide legal documentation that they are legally women or that they are transitioning to female,” the new policy declares. The policy does not clarify what it means to “live as [a woman].”

The new policy also states that women who believe they are men will not be allowed to attend the school:

Because the College has expanded its definition of womanhood to include both sex and gender, it is logically consistent that it also acknowledges both sex and gender in its definition of manhood. As a result, the College will stop admitting and enrolling students who were born female but who now identify as men or who are transitioning from female to male.

The school joins several other all-women institutions in deciding to admit men. Smith College adopted such a policy several years ago, as did Scripps College.

Other, co-educational schools have adopted transgender-friendly policies. The women’s center at the University of Northern Colorado, for instance, uses the term “chestfeeding” to describe breastfeeding, out of sensitivity to transgender individuals who may be uncomfortable with the anatomical term “breast.”

Read Inside Higher Ed‘s report on the new policy here.

MORE: There’s a sudden surge of trans students coming out at my college

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