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When Bras and Boxers Share a Dorm Room

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Is the new coed dorm room craze a little too close for comfort?


Mixed-gender dorm rooms are popping up at colleges around the country, causing alarm for Moms of college-bound kids.

The Mars and Venus dorm combos have already hit left-leaning schools like Hampshire College and Weslyan. And now, co-ed bunking is making its way into more traditional colleges like Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania, with Brown and Brandeis to follow suit soon.

Would you want your kid to share a room with the opposite sex? Do tell...

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Jolene April 3, 2008, 2:03 PM

I trust my daughter…BUT I don’t trust other kids, especially other BOYS? Nope…bad idea. Sorry! Anything can happen and when it does, what will the school do then? Blame us??

Michelle M April 3, 2008, 3:59 PM

What a terrible idea! I think they are just asking for trouble with this one!

Julie April 3, 2008, 11:23 PM

Very bad idea. What’s the reasoning behind these co-ed rooming decisions?

Katie  April 4, 2008, 1:02 PM

We didn’t have co-ed dorms when I was in collge but that certianly didn’t prevent girls from sleeping in guys rooms and guys from sleeping in girls rooms…Why is this a big deal? This is college were discussing, not high school.

allyson April 30, 2008, 6:02 PM

I agree with Jolene! As a mom of four daughters (26, 21, 17, and 13) this bothers me a lot! I mean, I trust my girls, but still…

Sounds like a bad idea to me.

Anonymous May 2, 2008, 6:05 PM

We had to move off-campus to live together, yet we knew MANY gay couples living together on-campus with student housing not able to do anything about it.

Thanks UPenn for making the change. We had to pay a lot more for off-campus housing, but it was worth it. My parents were pleased I moved in with a boy, they knew that it was safer in the city with a male companion.

Now after many many years of marriage and a few kids, it seems that we got beyond their prejudice against heterosexuals.

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