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Folly Galore: OPAL Urges Dartmouth Women to Check Themselves
Once again I’ll leave the cultural commentary to others, but suffice it to say that in a time of budgetary famine, it defies comprehension that the College’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) would pay for the distribution of mirrors (right) to all 1,976 undergraduate women on campus with instructions on how they should inspect their private parts. Actually, it defies comprehension that this kind of thing would ever happen at all. Has anyone checked a high school sex ed curriculum recently? For those of you with the curiosity to investigate the recommendations that accompanied the pretty mirror, you can see them here.
Note: Dartblog is currently investigating rumors that all of the mirrors contain digital cameras and are Wi-Fi-equipped to send images to Russian internet sites.
Note: As usual, The Dunyun has a shocking (ly funny) parody of the College’s latest foolishness.
Note: President Kim gives his opinon, too:
The medical community has not focused enough on women’s health in the past, Kim said. He called the Orchid Project, which distributed hand mirrors to campus women to encourage them to explore their bodies, a “courageous” attempt to promote positive views of women’s sexuality at Dartmouth, although he said he did not know whether it had been effective.
“If this sparks a more open and honest dialogue about women’s health and about how gender is really a critical issue when you think about individual health, I think that’s a good thing,” Kim said. [Emphasis added]
That’s a very, very big “if” — if you want my opinion. President Kim hits all the high points in his comment: “courageous,” “open and honest dialogue ,” “gender,” etc., without ever actually committing himself to a position. Strangely, there was no reference to Haiti. Our President is quite the politician, don’t you think.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…