Are Coed Dorm Rooms A Good Idea?

Starting next fall, Columbia University in New York City will institute a “gender neutral” housing policy for everyone but freshman. This means guys and gals can share a room. Gasp! Which means that hetero couples might decide to live together and … wait for it … have sex! Yes, this is a big concern for some people, especially of the parental variety. As if drunken, horny, stressed-out 20-somethings packed together on a small campus haven’t been doin’ it for decades. For real, though, there are a lot of reasons why this is a good thing. After the jump, why “gender neutral” housing makes everything a little more equal. First of all, single-sex housing still allows gay and lesbian couples to shack up together. Obvi, homosexuals don’t tell the university they’re in a relationship with the person they’re planning to live with but, still, it happens. I’m all for equality, so if the LGBT crowd can do it, the hetero crowd should be able to as well. On the flip side, sometimes gays and lesbians are forced to live in same-sex housing and they don’t want to. Why? Developing feelings for your (straight) roommate can make things totes awkward. Also, some straight peeps aren’t really down with living with a person who could potentially dig them. They might feel weird changing in front of their gay roommate or even sleeping in the same room. Stranger things have happened. Clearly, this is going to make things pretty uncomfortable. “Gender neutral” housing allows gays and lesbians to live with a friend of the opposite sex, thus eliminating any potential romantic problems.

Also, everyone we’re talking about here is over 18, so shouldn’t they be able to live with whomever they want on campus?

But that’s just me. I’d love to hear your opinion.

[Salon]

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