The Rise and Fall of the All-Girls College

In the 1960’s, there were around 300 all-women colleges in the United States. Today there are around 60, and there is about to be one less.

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, a traditionally all-female school that is for some reason named after a man, has voted to allow men to attend for the first time in the school’s 115 year history.

Here’s the school’s explanation of what they call a “Strategic Plan” (“Penile Import Program” was choice #1 but was considered too, well, icky) and the reasoning behind the move to become co-ed.

For a school that’s gone over a century without a panty raid, the introduction of men into the hormonal mix is bound to rankle some nerves. Some angry female students are protesting and threatening to transfer. The phones at the offices of those who decided to take the college co-ed are getting more of a workout than the tampon dispenser in the student union.

The school must also come up with a new name, other than “Target Rich Environment University” that the first few male students will no doubt call it.

Mission statements aside, Randolph Macon Woman’s College is allowing men for one simple reason: Economics. There simply isn’t as much demand these days for an all-girls college.

Even the legendary all-women college, Vassar, which opened in 1865, went coed in 1969.

I’ll be one of the last holdouts in demanding an all-female school as it concerns my daughter. In a decade, she’ll be seeking out a college, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to want her off among any coed mix of perverts, freaks, beer bongers and aggressive perma-erect wankers at a “normal” college.

In other words, Randolph Macon just lost my business. Oh well, there are still plenty to choose from.

I just hope that, in all the confusion, Randolph Macon doesn’t forget to build some mens restrooms. Things could get even uglier.


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