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Folly Galore: OPAL Urges Dartmouth Women to Check Themselves

Mirror1.jpgOnce 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.

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