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PC Fail: Wellesley students reject transgender student for leadership position

It what has to be one of the greatest examples of the twisted “logic” of political correctness, a transgender student at Wellesley College has been roundly shunned for a school leadership position.

Timothy Boatwright was born a female, and indicated such when he applied for admission to Wellesley. But after arrival on campus, he introduced himself as a “’masculine-of-center genderqueer’ person named ‘Timothy,’” and asked that folks use male pronouns when referring to him.

This wasn’t an issue … until the day Timothy decided to run for the position of multicultural affairs coordinator.

Katherine Timpf at National Review Online reports:

… some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.

“I thought he’d do a perfectly fine job, but it just felt inappropriate to have a white man there,” the student behind the so-called “Campaign to Abstain” said.

“It’s not just about that position either,” the student added. “Having men in elected leadership positions undermines the idea of this being a place where women are the leaders.”

Boatwright identified himself as female on his Wellesley application “because he didn’t want his mom to know [about him being transgender].”

Nevertheless, one would think that a “progressive” campus like Wellesley would be welcoming to a transgender student, no matter what gender he or she identifies with.

Perhaps one day there will be a manual which points out the politically correct “hierarchy” — when it’s OK and not OK to favor/oppose an “historically oppressed” group. Or something.

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