…June 10, 1990
“Clothes, intellectual positions and even behavior are governed by the code of the ”politically correct,” which is to say antisexist, antiracist, antihomophobic, antispecist. One of the unforeseen aspects of Hampshire turned out to be how sexually uptight the place was, even in the anything-goes atmosphere of the early 70’s. And some of those inhibitions endure as students sacrifice spontaneity to project correct behavior. No one would undo Hampshire’s commitment to feminist values, which have produced on-site day-care facilities and positions of power for women, among other things, but all that right thinking can sometimes have puritanical overtones.
”Sometimes it’s hard to be a heterosexual male here,” said Halstead York, who was having breakfast in the dining hall with his friends Jeri Chittick, Rebecca Drury and Elizabeth Rosenthal.
”Students are trying so hard to be open-minded they’re close-minded,” said Jeri.
”A lot of the issues I believe in,” said Rebecca. ”I consider myself a feminist, but people on campus don’t think I am.”
Despite the social climate, the students were all happy about Hampshire. ”I’ve learned a lot here,”
From 31 years ago. I knew I made the right choice because the NYT was annoyed at its “political correctness” and the conservative kids on campus were annoyed but enjoying it too.
What’s New at Frisbee U., By Chip Brown
June 10, 1990