Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Smith is a strange strange place.

First house meeting of the year is always the longest, and we finished in under 2 hours which was impressive, though honestly i frequently disliked the rushed feeling. Mostly it was fine.

One of the things that comes up every year is the "Man in the Bathroom" issue -- if you have a male guest and he uses the bathroom, should the other people on the floor be warned? We can have little flipping signs. In the past when we have had them they have been rarely used and often people forget to flip them back and what have you. It's courteous to alert people on your floor if you're going to be having a male guest, because it can be a bit jarring to be brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and look up and see a guy. I don't really care, but i understand that some people do. Anyway, the girl who brought it up said she would be giving the people on her floor notice when her boyfriend would be coming to visit but did we want to do the flipping sign thing, too. Some people said yeah and then other people brought up how obviously bizarre that is when all our bathrooms have "trans-friendly environment" signs on them. We ultimately decided on "Smithie/Non-Smithie," which i find fair since to me what's jarring is seeing someone you don't know, not seeing a male. I mean, are you uncomfortable with a bio-boy peeing next to you but not a tranny boy? What exactly makes you uncomfortable with sharing a bathroom with a man? I was annoyed that we rushed through it because it seemed like we didn't really resolve anything, but whatever. What really frustrated me was that a lot of people were all "Why do you have bring the tranny issue in, it doesn't matter, blah blah blah," and actually it does matter a lot and this kind of stuff is proof that it matters and this is why i want to work with T-Committee and okay, shutting up now. It just makes me grr. It's funny, i start thinking of myself as a conservative because i supported the war in Iraq for humanitarian reasons and a lot of my morality is grounded in Judeo-Christianity (though i often support legalization of things i oppose, making me a libertarian or something), and i think of myself as not a radical because i support a lot of gay rights assimilation stuff like same-sex marriage, but then this stuff happens, and really it's so ridiculous to label liberal or conservative or whatever because there are so many different issues and people rarely fit a specific party line (leaving aside issues of whether the party line itself is even consistent).

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