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The War On White Men: Transgender Timothy Boatwright Is Too Male To Be Wellesley College’s Diversity Officer

by | 17th, October 2014

THE war on white men continues: a caucasian female student who identifies as a man has been discouraged from becoming Wellesley College’s diversity officer because to have a white male in that position would perpetuate patriarchy.

Timothy Boatwright was born a girl, and checked off the “female” box when applying to the Massachusetts all-women’s school, according to an article in the New York Times. But when he got there, he introduced himself as a “masculine-of-center genderqueer” person named “Timothy” (the name he picked for himself) and asked them to use male pronouns when referring to him.

And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a “culture of diversity” on campus.

But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.

Oh, brave new world…



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