Friday 19 October 2018

Why the on-campus transgender revolution seems a little stale

'Fresh' is rotten and transgender bathrooms are just new ghettos with plumbing, writes Donal Lynch

Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin

Fresh. It almost sounds like the name of an urban vegetable market. Or perhaps it could be retro American teen-speak for 'cool' - as in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

As of this year, however, the word will be reimagined by Trinity College Dublin with a brand new meaning. They are scrapping the word 'freshman', for first-year students, replacing it with the gender neutral term 'fresh'.

This has been met by the resounding noise of a fresh raspberry from the student body. On learning the news, one student wrote: "Thanks for the update. I'm really looking forward to the Student Union equality committee's screening of Bat v Super." In Trinity, Aine Kelly, an associate professor in physiology, wrote in an email: "I fear that this may make the college look ridiculous."

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