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Second Cambridge University women-only college to review admissions policy

Germaine Greer is not happy about the new policy that would allow self-identifying trans students to apply

Second Cambridge University women-only college to review admissions policy
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Germaine Greer is one of trans-exclusionary feminism's best-known faces.

A second Cambridge University college will review its admissions policy to allow self-identifying trans students to apply.

Lucy Cavendish College decided on Wednesday night to review its admissions policy.

Until now, the college required all applicants to be ‘legally defined as female.’

The new policy would allow any student who identifies as a woman to apply.

This would be the second college to make the decision.

Murray Edwards was the first of Cambridge’s three women-only colleges to change its policy regarding trans students.

Dame Barbara Stocking is the President of Murray Edwards College.

She explained: ‘We are the right choice for any bright, eager young women with potential who want to aim high and achieve their absolute best.

‘Any women, regardless of their born gender.’

The college’s alumni includes Sue Perkins, Claudia Winkelman and Tilda Swinton.

Newnham College is the third of Cambridge’s women-only college.

They released a ‘Transgender Policy Statement‘ in 2005.

The policy states they will only accept ‘legally defined’ female students.

‘It’s a silly situation’

Germaine Greer has attacked Murray Edwards’ decision to review their admission policy.

She told The Daily Telegraph: ‘It’s a silly situation, and I’m sure that Murray Edwards will have their own reasons,

‘But it’s a difficult relationship, having a transgender person in an all-female environment. If Murray Edwards really don’t believe that gender is binary, then they really shouldn’t be a single sex college. Their position is ridiculous.

‘The only sane thing for them to do is to cease discriminating on the basis of assigned gender of any kind.

‘There are plenty of women who have served their time in women’s colleges, who are pretty whiskery, but nobody did a DNA test on them. But they had to live women’s lives – with all the disabilities that that entails.’

Dame Barbara Stocking fought back at Greer’s comments.

She explained the college is not single-sex to keep men and women separate.

Having an female-only college allows for there to be a ‘special emphasis on women’s learning and development,’ explained Stocking.

She continued in her letter: ‘We remain a College for women; our single-sex status is unchanged.

‘But we should be clear to any women looking for such a space that the University of Cambridge is not a single-sex environment and choosing to study with us means you will still spend a good part of your working time alongside men.’

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