Girls in the boys' room: gender-mixed housing at US universities

14:26, April 02, 2010      

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The Los Angeles Times reported in an article on March 15 that some 50 US universities currently have policies allowing male and female students to room together in dormitories. Major participating schools include UC Berkeley, Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth, Wesleyan and the University of Michigan.

As quoted in the report, college officials said that the move began as a way to accommodate gay, bisexual and transgender students who may feel more comfortable living with a member of the opposite sex. Most heterosexuals opting for a mixed gender room are platonic friends.

What do you think of having coed dorm rooms in China?

Zhang Xiaomin

A first-year journalism grad student at Communication University of China
Mixed-gender rooms provide a good opportunity for couples. This way, they don't have to go and look for a place in a field or in the woods to have a date. Also gays or lesbians will be able to get a roommate they feel comfortable living with.
Wang Feng

A second-year administrative management grad student at Qingdao University
I would never accept that my girlfriend had ever shared a dorm room with another boy.

I also don't think parents would let their daughters live with a male roommate at university. In terms of American culture and values, coed dorms may be not that strange, but Chinese in general are still not that open to this idea.
Jiang Xiaomin

A second-year electronic engineering grad student at Peking University
Men and women have different habits, and rooming together with boys, they wouldn't feel so free. Unless couples were to room together, I won't think it would be acceptable.

Qiao Mu

Director with Center of International Communication Study at Beijing Foreign Studies University

We shouldn't just right this off and believe that adult college students living together will result in some unexpected or unhappy ending. Coed housing is a step in the right direction, and we should continue with in the future. Society is made up of both men and women, so coed dorms could provide another way for people to connect and understand each other.

Source: Global Times


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