The Mills College Lesbian Avengers decided that it was time to find out what the real story was. We put out a survey, distributing it in every dorm, every lounge, and even the graduate dorms.
I'm a(n): ___undergrad student ___graduate student
I identify as: ___straight ___lesbian ___bisexual ___asexual ___questioning ___byke (bi-identified dyke/gay) ___gay/lesbian-identified bi
___other (please specify):_____________________________________________________________ Comments:
_____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ I consider my gender to be:
___female ___male ___androgyne ___none
One student commented, "Wow, for a survey that tries to put you in boxes, you certainly have a lot of them to choose from. Ambitious survey - good luck!" The survey got 139 responses in our school of under 800 undergrads, and grad surveys have not been collected yet. That's approximately a 25% response, far exceeding our cynical predictions. Apparently Mills students aren't as apathetic as the administration tries to convince us we are!
The survey results break down as follows, arrange by Kinsey scale (the farther down you are, the queerer Kinsey would think you were):
"None of your business": 3
Straight-identified bi: 1
Gay-identified bi: 2
Queer and Asexual: 1
Undefinable: 6 (including those who marked both straight, bi, and asexual; those who marked none; those who identified as transgendered and marked no sexual orientation; and others.)
At its most basic:
Straight: 60 (44%); Queer: 76 (54.7%); No response, 3 (2.2%).
Female: 115 (82.7%); Not female: 17 (12.3%).
And this is a women's college!
One of my favorite comments came from a straight freshwoman who scrawled,
"I think that unless this survey is being done to find out the % of the
minority (strait people) it's pointless!!" and added that as far as queer
studies were concerned, "Don't care - I could care less!!!!!" Well, no,
apparently you couldn't! At the other end of the spectrum came a queer
tomboy who remarked, "It is really odd that [we're] at a school with such
a high population of Queer students and we don't have any classes about
is!! I was looking forward to Sociology of Gender Roles, but even that was
canceled. What's up w/the admin denying the composition (and
representation) of the student body? Come on, Mills, get with it! The way
we're going, Christian Bible schools will have Queer studies before
Mills." One lesbian went even farther: "yes!!!!! lesbian lit! lesbian art
history! great lesbians in war! crossdressing through the ages! yah! yah!
The statistics themselves show the school mostly on the side of the Great Lesbians in War:
We should have Queer Studies: 74 (53.2%)
We shouldn't have Queer Studies: 46 (33%)
We should have more queer classes, but not a major: (13%)
(or, 92 women for more queer classes and maybe a major, versus 46 women who see no need for either; 66% to 33%.)
Broken down, for those who are interested:
Queer Studies supporters were comprised of three queer women, four uncategorizable women, twenty-five straight women, fifteen lesbians, two asexual women, one straight-identified bi woman, eight dykes, eight bykes, four bisexuals, and two gay-identified bi women. (25 straight, 45 queer.)
Those against Queer Studies at Mills included thirty-one straight women, three lesbians, eight bisexuals, one uncategorized woman, one byke, one "none of your business," and three questioning women. (31 straight, 15 queer, one none of the above.)
Those for more queer classes, not a major, were three lesbians, seven straight women, four bisexuals, and one each questioning, queer, "none of your business," and uncategorized women. (7 straight, 10 queer, one none of the above.)
There was one bisexual unsure woman.
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This page last udpated 11/2/97.