The Oberlin Review

From the Perspective of Non-binary Athletes

Abby Bellows and Leah Ross

December 7, 2018

Finding Solace Abby Bellows I used to look at my reflection in windows when I ran by, focusing on my stride — how my legs moved past one another, how my feet landed — but I could never bring myself to look up at the rest of my body, knowing I couldn’t look at my chest without sending myself into a mental spiral. It was already hard enough competing on a women’s varsity athletics team, showering in a women’s locker room, and being included in groups referred to as “ladies” and “women” when I was not a woman and was not comfortable with how my body looked. Existing in athletic spaces means choosing between a women’s space or a men’s space — there is no space for me. I am a non-bi...

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

February 24, 2017

A unique blend of stand-up comedy, poetry and storytelling awaits guests at the Cat in the Cream Sunday as actor and comedian D’Lo brings his touring variety show, D’FaQTo Life (pronounced “de facto”) to Oberlin. The show will be his first in Oberlin since 2013, when he performed as part of Colors of Rhythm, and he’s since gone on to perform roles in HBO’s Looking and the Netflix original series Sense8. Co-sponsored by the South Asian Students Association, International Students’ Organi...

Women, Trans, Non-Binary Gym Hour Cancelled

Jacqueline McDermott

February 19, 2016

Enthusiasm transformed into confusion for many after the Oberlin Athletics department reneged on its plan to add an hour designated for women, transgender and non-binary students to Philips gym’s regular Sunday schedule. The Oberlin Student Senate sent an email on Wednesday, Feb. 10, announcing the new hour at Philips. The statement said that the gym would be open from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, during which cisgender men would be asked not to enter the space. The extra hour was supposed to be implemented Sunday, Feb. 14, and continue every Sunday for the rest of the semester thereafter, but the Oberlin Athletics department quickly rolled back on the proposal. “At this time, we are not able to offer hours de...

How I Became More Feminine on T

Elly Higgins, Contributing Writer

September 11, 2015

Even as a non-binary person, it’s important to recognize that in a lot of ways I am privileged within the trans community. As a white, trans masculine person, my voice is often prioritized over my trans feminine siblings and my siblings of color. Though I didn’t have the easiest time getting access to testosterone (commonly shortened to T), most trans people are denied hormones the moment they show any sign of hesitation. Further, medical transitioning can be a very expensive process even for those who have insurance, as the insurance can refuse to cover trans healthcare (shoutout to Blue Cross Blue Shield for rejecting my coverage twice). I was very lucky in that I was able to receive affordable care from a queer he...

Tabloids Promote Harmful View of Transgender Identity

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

February 6, 2015

Recent headlines in gossip magazines like InTouch, People and Us Weekly proclaim the news that former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner is transitioning to live openly as a woman. While I tend to regard tabloid news with as much respect and credibility as Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine movement, the story has created enough controversy for major news outlets like The New York Times to cover the story. Jenner’s changes in appearance have been widely publicized. There are countless slideshows and photos depicting the more feminine aspects of their look: Jenner’s increasingly longer hair and painted nails along with signs of a shaved-down Adam’s apple have been used as evidence that they are in the process of trans...

Allyship Training Overdue

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

September 12, 2014

In what has been an important step in the right direction for Oberlin College Athletics this fall, the department required all fall varsity athletes to attend a two-hour trans allyship workshop for the first time during preseason in late August. Student facilitators from the Multicultural Resource Center conducted the workshops, which included lessons about distinguishing sex from gender and equipped student-athletes with other valuable tools regarding allyship, such as sharing different types of gender pronouns. One of the most intriguing parts of these workshops was the relatively even spread of questions coming from seniors to first-years. Though they came from various classes, student-athletes inquired with an earnest desire...

Editorial: Trans Inclusion Policy Marks Progress in Oberlin Athletics

Emily Clarke

November 9, 2012

Even at a progressive school like Oberlin, trans athletes must navigate an unsupportive, invasive and alienating web of obstacles in order to participate in sports at the club or varsity level. To the unions and associations that govern college sports, trans bodies constitute a potential advantage to a team that must be policed. This transphobic mindset places the ideal of a “fair game” above athletes’ emotional and physical safety. To address this, Oberlin College students and staff have begun working on a policy to provide institutional support for trans inclusiveness in club sports. The Club Sports Trans Policy created the Transgender Participation Advisory Committee, which I serve on, in order to oversee...

OSCA Policy Addresses ResEd Housing Issues

The OSCA Board of Directors

December 11, 2009

Last week the OSCA board passed a historic proposal affirming every student’s right to safe and comfortable housing. Transgender and gender-variant students who are having significant, unresolvable issues within ResEd are now able to jump the wait list into co-op housing. Why was this proposal necessary? ResEd’s current housing options for trans students often fail to meet their needs. All-gender housing is restricted to a few locations, it is not open to first-years, and trans students are not given priority to live there. Students may be placed in a room or hall based on their assigned sex rather than their gender identity, may not have access to an appropriate bathroom, and do not have sufficient institutional...

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