The meaning of “woman” continues its erosion with the debut of the University of California’s first “Women’s Caucus,” a gathering of student leaders from different UC campuses.
Don’t let the “women” part of that fool you – it represents pretty much everyone who’s not a straight male-identifying man.
At the caucus’s first annual leadership meeting last week, UCLA student body president Heather Rosen said “the caucus will represent the needs and interests of female and LGBTQ students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.”
Well, one of those two groups, at least:
Rosen cited North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which passed in March and requires that bathrooms be designated for use only by people based on their biological sex, as an example of the kind of legislation she hopes the caucus will lobby against.
“If we were to see legislation like that pop up in California, we would … reach out to local legislators and do lobbying visits, and work with government relations and student governments in order to provide a student voice,” Rosen said.
Keep in mind this is the official voice of UC students, funded by student fees, used for policy advocacy:
Rosen said the women’s caucus is different from other advocacy clubs because it is a UC-wide initiative and came from the UC Council of Presidents in order to reach out and encourage participation from each campus.
“We want to work with women’s groups on our own campuses, but also focus on the political and educational aspects of forming a caucus,” Rosen said.
Outgoing UC-Merced student body president Domonique Jones said the caucus was a “safe space for female students.”
Unexplained here: why there were no representatives from Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. Maybe they found the binary concept of “women,” rooted in biology and history but increasingly watered down, too limiting.