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SMITH COLLEGE Q&A

SMITH COLLEGE Q&A

From a future Smithie

Trans women belong at Smith because if Smith wants to call itself a real “women’s institution,” it needs to be open to ALL women, not just those who fit a certain mold.

(Sorry for no picture, I don’t have a camera)

22 04/14
Anonymous asked: This is the survivor who asked a question earlier this week. I'm not making any arguments against trans women at Smith, nor did I even suggest that the survivor argument is valid. All I'm saying is that when you take ONE person and say that it represents ALL survivors feelings (e.g. Hill-Meyer's discussion of triggers & responsibility) it becomes problematic. Like, we don't all feel that way about our triggers, ya know?

The answer in the FAQ is not meant to speak for all survivors, and indeed we did not write that it does. The answer was posted in order to debunk the idea of excluding trans women from womens’ spaces on the pretense of protecting survivors, which has no basis in reality. Also as a point of clarification — the included survivors account is not written by Tobi. 

22 04/14
"With the multiple forms and documentation required to apply for college, transgender students may not yet have access to documentation that confirms their gender identity and are therefore unfairly rejected by Smith College. Smith administrators should end the dangerous message they are sending trans youth and prospective students, and instead have a policy in place that prioritizes applicants’ self-determination of gender identity."
22 04/14

#ALLwomenfortheworld

Here’s another way to show your support for our rally this Thursday:

Tweet @smithcollege using the hashtag #ALLwomenfortheworld 

We’ll be tweeting too from @transwomenatSC!

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22 04/14
21 04/14
Anonymous asked: I think it's problematic to use Hill-Meyer's statement as a way to speak for the way all survivors are. Sure, y'all can use that as an argument, but not all of use survivors feel that way in regard to triggers.

Q&A believes that any argument in favor of excluding women from womens’ spaces is inherently invalid. Moreover, trans women are survivors at greatly disproportionate rates. 

21 04/14
Anonymous asked: Theres many people who believe that transmen don't belong at women's colleges as they are "invading spaces for women". They think that if you realize you are a transman after you start going to a womens college they have to transfer. However they think genderfluid people can go wherever they want to. What is your opinion.

We answered this in our FAQ

20 04/14
Anonymous asked: I know this might sound abit odd, or even rather stupid, but, does Smith accept Gender-Fluid students, or would that go against the fact that it's a women's college?

The requirements for all students are the same. 

"All applicants must have all female gender markers on their Common Application, high school transcript, high school letters of recommendation, and midyear academic report."

20 04/14

We’re super busy planning our rally on the 24th! 

If you are free any time between 8:30AM and 4:30PM that Thursday please come by. Email transwomenatsc@gmail.com for location and further info. If you have commitments it’s 100% okay to leave and come back, we’ll be there all day. 

If you can’t make it to the rally please submit a solidarity statement or photo to smith-q-and-a.tumblr.com/submit. Tell us why you know Smith’s policy is exclusionary and why you support the inclusion of trans women at Smith.

19 04/14

just a few of the signs we made today for our rally on april 24 starting at 8:30AM! thanks to everyone who came out. 

19 04/14