President Shirley Tilghman Opposes Idea of Campus Chastity Center
Threatening to temper the "inspiration and joy" following last weekend's National Equality March in DC, the Anscombe Society scheduled a full week of "diverse and important events" to show Princeton that "yes, indeed, it is time for a University-sponsored Center for Abstinence and Chastity."
I obviously have a few objections, not least of which is the timing coincidence: the events immediately follow both the march and National Coming Out Day and overlap with LGBT Awareness Week. But I was thrilled when I read that President Tilghman firmly shares my position (and gave some great reasons why) in The Daily Princetonian on Thursday:
In an e-mail sent in response to the petition signers, Tilghman wrote, “The question of whether the University would sponsor the establishment of a ‘Center for Abstinence and Chastity’ was raised with several members of the University administration last year, and each of us provided the same response, which was a firm ‘no.’ ”She acknowledges the difficulties of remaining abstinent but affirms that there is no reason to dedicate a center to this issue:
“I understand that it is sometimes difficult to stand up for what you believe when you are in the minority, but the fact that you are greeted with opposing points of view when you do so is not sufficient grounds for the University to establish a center,” she said.Though Brandon McGinley of Anscombe points to the existence of the Women's Center and the LGBT Center as reasons for the creation of a chastity center, our president rightfully acknowledges that these centers are not just about sex:
Tilghman, however, said this assessment of the University’s already-established centers was incorrect. “There are a number of problems with this argument,” she said in the e-mail. “First it implies that the Women’s and LGBT Centers are there to support a non-chaste or non-abstinent lifestyle, which is not the case, and would be considered offensive by both centers.”It's great to know that President Tilghman is emphatically on our side.
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