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  •  homogeneous communities (none)
    only OF blacks or only OF jews?  These are better analogies, as it is a form of the politics of separatism, it seems to me.

    To me, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.

    Important to understand the difference between social theories and policy formations, it seems to me.

    Well, I don't see much of a substantive difference, since "policy formations" tend to flow from social theories.

    The fact is that it's difficult to justify this kind of separatist attitude, even if there are good reasons for it.  It's contradictory to the main goal, which is acceptance by, and success within, society as a whole.  Also it becomes problematic if an "outsider" wants to gain access.  How can you ethically discriminate against an outsider, without taking on many of the characteristics of the oppressor?

    I went to an all-women's college and the campus debate over whether or not there should be such a thing as single-sex education raged throughout my time there - and rages on, from what I hear. (BTW, many of my fellow students genuinely loathed and feared men, which I thought was very sad.)  My own opinion is that I and others benefited greatly from the single-sex experience, but on the other hand it's abhorrent to me that the other sex must be excluded.  How do we work towards a balance?

    We can't stop here! This is bat country!

    by hrh on Tue Jan 18, 2005 at 05:55:47 PM PST

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    •  single-sex education (none)
      My personal feeling is that there is a place for single sex education in junior high school and high school, as at that age I think that the distraction that the opposite sex provides detracts from education.  But at the same time, I think that total sex segregation is bad for social development, so to keep things in balance, my opinion is that it would be best to limit such single sex classes to just, say, math and English classes (other than AP/honors classes).

      I haven't given much thought to the benefits of single sex colleges or lack thereof, since I don't believe men are allowed to have them.  But it seems to me that if the separation of the sexes was done at an earlier age, it might be the case that fewer people would find that necessary in college.

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