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However, If It’s True . . .

Posted on | November 14, 2016 | 2 Comments

The editors of the gay publication The Advocate think it’s controversial that Steve Bannon described feminists accurately:

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Stephen Bannon, reportedly referred to students at the Seven Sisters colleges as “dykes” during a 2011 interview. . . .
Bannon . . . told Political Vindication Radio that women like Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, and Michele Bachmann “threaten the progressive narrative,” as BuzzFeed reports.
“That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement,” he continued. “That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane and that’s why they hate these women.”

Now, until the late 1960s, when the formerly all-male Ivy League schools went coed, the “Seven Sisters” — Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Radcliffe College, Smith College, Vassar College, and Wellesley College — were extremely prestigious. Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush were both Smith alumna, for example, as was Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. However, when the Ivy League schools began admitting women, these elite women’s colleges lost much of the rationale for their existence. And at just the moment when this happened, the radical Women’s Liberation movement burst forth onto the culture scene. The prevalence of lesbianism at the Seven Sisters had long been a subject of salacious rumors that the schools had sought to suppress, but by the late 1970s, the lesbians were out and proud. Given the notorious anti-male feminism that is now the regnant orthodoxy at these women’s colleges, the question is why any heterosexual girl would want to attend the “Seven Sisters.”

Consider, for example, Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Mass., which has not one but three gay organizations on campus:

  • OUTreach is the umbrella LGBTQIAP+ student organization that aims to promote unity in the queer community through connecting with various groups both on and outside of campus.  We hope to serve as a resource for LGBTQIAP+ students, as well as a catalysts for change on campus by combating transphobia, misogyny, transmisogyny, ablism, racism, lookism, islamophobia, and other sources of oppression within our communities through critical discussions and intergroup organizing. OUTreach strives to create a safe, confidential space that fosters community building.
  • Femmepowered is an LBTGQA+ org that seeks to dismantle misogyny on campus by creating space and visibility for femme-identified people in the queer community. We welcome all sexes, genders, gender presentations, and sexual and romantic orientations. We believe that femme identities inform and are informed by other identities and can be performed in a multitude of ever-changing and personal ways.
  • FAMILIA is a closed network of support and activism for LGBTQ+ people of color at Mount Holyoke College.

Are there any organizations at Mount Holyoke for heterosexual women? None that I’m aware of. If there are any heterosexual women at all at Mount Holyoke, they’re being mighty quiet about it, and the same is more or less true at Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Smith, etc. If someone tells you their daughter goes to Bryn Mawr, they’re telling you their daughter is gay.

“Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” I hasten to add.


If your daughter has a high GPA and doesn’t like boys, and you don’t mind spending about $65,000 a year to send her to college, then Bryn Mawr ($48,790 annual tuition, $15,370 for room and board) would be an excellent choice. Your daughter could study Gender and Sexuality at Bryn Mawr, and take courses like “Movies and America: Queer Cinema” (HIST B284) and “Queering Popular Culture” (HIST B325). And, of course, your daughter will learn to vote Democrat, because Republicans are even rarer at Bryn Mawr than heterosexuals. Of course, you could save money by letting your lesbian daughter go to a state university instead, but the reason you send her to Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke or one of the other Seven Sisters colleges is because it costs $65,000 a year to teach girls to hate Christianity, capitalism and men (not necessarily in that order).



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