Here’s a quick and positive story to get the ball rolling.
M had her college orientation a few days ago. Aside from the overwhelming stress of
scheduling conflicts between mandatory classes and mandatory practices and the terrible pain of saying goodbye to my first baby, it was great. In this world that I navigate, of conservatives and fundamentalist Christians and military officers and government workers, I had forgotten: University Students are unabashedly Liberal. I saw a lot of cringing parents, but I was elated. What a breath of fresh air.
On campus, the big “Be a Virgin” game doesn’t exist. It is assumed that the students are having sex. The big push is safety. Everyone is given free condoms.
On campus, a trip to the Rally to Restore Sanity is promoted as one of great activities the school sponsors.
On campus, students are proud of the fact their Homecoming Queen was a transvestite.
And last but not least–
On campus, orientation includes a skit about all the fun activities held during the first week of school, where the punch-line/lesson is how Rowing Club isn’t a way to get exercise on the water, but the way a religious group tries to trick freshmen. And how funny it was because the actors in the skit were…dare they say it??? Atheists!!