Morehouse College Bans Cross-Dressing

graves_h15Morehouse College, we can assume, will not be adding any gender-bending parties à la Bend it at Beckham to its freshman orientation schedule. The small, all-male college in Atlanta, Georgia, instituted a controversial dress code this week, which bans cross-dressing, among other things:

The policy also bans wearing hats in buildings, pajamas in public, do-rags, sagging pants, sunglasses in class and walking barefoot on campus. However, it is the ban on cross-dressing that has brought national attention to the small historically African-American college.

Check out the administration’s attempt to defend the policy:

The dress-wearing ban is aimed at a small part of the private college’s 2,700-member student body, said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services.

“We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men,” he said. . . . Bynum said the policy comes from the vision of the college’s president, who wants the institution to create leaders like notable graduates Martin Luther King Jr., actor Samuel Jackson and film director Spike Lee.

Full article on CNN.

21 thoughts on “Morehouse College Bans Cross-Dressing

  1. anon

    “Homophobia is as morally wrong as racism.”
    -Coretta Scott King

    I’d be interested to see some comparative analysis, what schools and what states have similar policies. It wouldn’t make sense for this policy to be highlighted at Morehouse when it goes unmentioned elsewhere.

  2. anon

    “Homophobia is as morally wrong as racism.”
    -Coretta Scott King

    I’d be interested to see some comparative analysis, what schools and what states have similar policies. It wouldn’t make sense for this policy to be highlighted at Morehouse when it goes unmentioned elsewhere.

  3. Georgia

    Haha, wow. It’s ok that we have a dress code that promotes a hetero-normative look. We mentioned famous african-americans in our explanation, so we’re not politically incorrect. Whew.

  4. Georgia

    Haha, wow. It’s ok that we have a dress code that promotes a hetero-normative look. We mentioned famous african-americans in our explanation, so we’re not politically incorrect. Whew.

  5. Anon

    are these students gay or transgendered? there’s a difference between a dress code and fucking with someone’s identity presentation wesleyan words

  6. Anon

    are these students gay or transgendered? there’s a difference between a dress code and fucking with someone’s identity presentation wesleyan words

  7. Anon

    He wants them to be like Samuel Jackson, but also be upright respectable citizens?

    Also, Spike Lee. Yeah, he never did anything controversial. Very uptight.

  8. Anon

    He wants them to be like Samuel Jackson, but also be upright respectable citizens?

    Also, Spike Lee. Yeah, he never did anything controversial. Very uptight.

  9. Zach Post author

    I took more issue with the administrator’s quote: “We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men.” Seriously??

  10. ...

    ^ The problem is there are people who agreed to go to this institution before this rule was made. It’s not fair to advertise an accepting environment and then change the rules once students have agreed to attend in an attempt to reject/restrict their lifestyle choices (and force them into conformity).
    I think the only way that this sort of rule doesn’t make the institution seem entirely asinine is if they grandfather the current students in (allow them to dress like they want since they agreed to attend the school before the rule was made).

  11. ...

    ^ The problem is there are people who agreed to go to this institution before this rule was made. It’s not fair to advertise an accepting environment and then change the rules once students have agreed to attend in an attempt to reject/restrict their lifestyle choices (and force them into conformity).
    I think the only way that this sort of rule doesn’t make the institution seem entirely asinine is if they grandfather the current students in (allow them to dress like they want since they agreed to attend the school before the rule was made).

  12. student

    first of all, its georgia – not george. but whats wrong with this? who cares if they want the students to look well-dressed and respectable. it is an all-male college, so why should this be a problem. if students don’t agree with the rules, then they could’ve gone elsewhere…like wesleyan!

  13. student

    first of all, its georgia – not george. but whats wrong with this? who cares if they want the students to look well-dressed and respectable. it is an all-male college, so why should this be a problem. if students don’t agree with the rules, then they could’ve gone elsewhere…like wesleyan!

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