When, in 1981, the Dartmouth Review published the names of the officers of that college’s “Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) along with material that had been taken from the GSA’s confidential files“, the college was in an uproar over this breach of privacy. Students protested, incensed that the grandfather of one of those students learned about his (closeted) progeny’s sexuality from the Review.
Three years later, when a Review staffer secretly taped a meeting of the GSA nad published a portion of the transcript, the college was (as well it should have been) up in arms, with its administration only reluctantly choosing not to bring charges. Then-Dean Shanahan, however, did send a letter to “the Dartmouth community calling on them to ‘censure’ the Review for its ‘insensitivity.'”
Now, such “insensitivity” comes not from conservative campus papers, but from colleges themselves, at least here in politically correct California: “Officials of the University of California system have proposed asking incoming freshmen to identify their sexual orientation, a move that might cement such declarations as an emerging topic in the college admissions process.”
Ann Althouse whose post reminded me about the article (had previously seen a link on a Facebook page) quipped:
It’s for their own good. The university has services it wants to provide. All the government’s intrusions into your private life are for your own good. You will be given what is good for you, so come on now, tell us all about everything.
How far we’ve come and how backward we’re moving.
Now, I agree we’re all better off if we come out, but it the business of a university to ask us about our sexual orientation. Nor to judge us by that difference.