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Women Only Gym Hours at Harvard

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Harvard Muslims

Here’s a story that is dedicated to the open-minded among us. I’m sure that the rest of us will appreciate the irony.

Harvard University has banned men from one of its gyms for a few hours as week to accommodate Muslim women. This is a bit misleading because Harvard obviously doesn’t have any men this would affect. Nope, just meek little eunuchs who accept a set of rules that favors one group over another. I believe the open-minded would call that discrimination with a taste of sexism thrown in for good measure.

The new rule states that no men are allowed in the gym between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays, and between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Even the staff during those times is all women.

“The majority should be willing to compromise,” said Ola Aljawhary, a Muslim student. “I think that’s just basic courtesy. We must show tolerance and respect for all others.”

Nice philosophy and one that works well as long as you’re on the receiving end. What does it matter if the open-minded majority at Harvard must compromise? That would be “capitulate” to anyone without a Harvard education. Besides, who said tolerance and respect works both ways?

Harvard’s policy is no different from commercial gyms that cater partially or even exclusively to women, said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“The Muslim bashers portray it as the world coming to end, but if women have a couple hours a week to work out in private, I don’t see it as a major issue,” he said.

Perhaps the parents that pay the ridiculous tuition costs to Harvard should be asked their opinion instead of a spokesman for CAIR.

“I think that it’s incorrect in a college setting to institute a policy in which half of the campus gets wronged or denied a resource that’s supposed to be for everyone,” said student Lucy Caldwell, who also wrote a column in The Harvard Crimson newspaper critical of the new hours.

I stand corrected; it looks like there’s a pair on campus after all. The irony is that they belong to a woman.

Okay, I’ll stop laughing now… well maybe.

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Written by Lord Crimson

March 7, 2008 at 6:35 pm

8 Responses

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  1. How ironic that you write on your header about seeking wisdom and understanding, yet write something that preaches intolerance and exclusion. So what if a couple of hours a week a few Muslim women get to run around in their shorts? Harvard won’t crumble, and neither will the country it’s in.

    ian in hamburg

    March 7, 2008 at 7:44 pm

  2. Hi ian

    Oh pleaseeee! I’m writing about absurdity, perception and what passes for tolerance. Sorry you missed it.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 7, 2008 at 8:06 pm

  3. Hi LC,

    I would question why Muslim women are bothering to work out in the first place. Really, isn’t the true purpose of the burka to disguise the fact that you’re fat and/or ugly, and don’t necessarily practice good personal hygiene?

    the Grit

    the Grit

    March 7, 2008 at 8:27 pm

  4. Hi Grit

    I’m not acquainted with the particulars of the burka, but this story does provide the perfect opportunity to mock Harvard. There’s a certain sense of justice to see the socialist liberals be forced to eat what they’re dishing out to the rest of us.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 7, 2008 at 8:53 pm

  5. Religious accommodation is a joke. The problem is that Harvard receives large chunks of federal dollars in loans possibly making them a state actor. There should be zero exceptions for anyone. That includes cripples, retards, quadros, water-heads, and yes, even the Irish.

    johnnypeepers

    March 7, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  6. Hi jp

    In some cases accommodation is necessary if for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do. However this particular accommodation is questionable and falls more under the category of special treatment.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 8, 2008 at 12:31 pm

  7. Enlightened Westerners properly decry the widespread mistreatment of women in the Islamic world. It is, therefore, disappointing that Harvard, of all places, is asking its student population to be respectful of Islamic women’s, frankly, medieval notions about men, especially when such notions deprive students of access to a University resource based solely on their gender.

    Would a fair-minded person sense a double standard here? The question scarcely survives its statement.

    Denying individuals equal access to a University resource based on the gender or race into which they were born cannot be justified by invoking terms such as “balancing interests” or de minimis harm. Harvard is heading down a slippery slope when it seeks to validate ANY gender discrimination under the guise of accommodation of one cultural interest or another.

    The Hon. Rufus Peckham

    March 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm

  8. Hi Hon Rufus Peckham

    You have hit the target with amazing accuracy. Well done.

    Most everyone deserves a little courtesy in their life, but respect must be earned. Appeasement is a poor avenue towards mutual respect.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    March 10, 2008 at 1:08 am


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