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. Keep reading »
A groundbreaking study conducted on five college campuses has concluded that coed dormitories lead to more sex, more binge-drinking, and more pornography than the same-sex alternative. Oh, and by “groundbreaking,” I mean inconclusive, biased, and obvious. Ninety percent of the country’s college campuses are coed, and students are generally placed in housing automatically unless they opt-out to live in same-sex housing. Of the 510 students involved in the study, 42 percent of coed dorm students admit they binge-drink on a weekly basis, compared to 18 percent of the students in gender-specific housing. Sixty-three percent of the students in same-sex housing (which in this study means a paltry 68 students) said they had no sexual partners this year (bummer!), while only 44 percent of coed students were chaste. And of the co-ed students, 13 percent said they’d had three or more sexual partners, this was true of 5 percent of the single-sex dwellers. [Reuters]
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