"I should admit that I am baffled by the concept of more than two genders. Just look down, people."
Looking down'll help you figure out your sex (male, female, hermaphrodite...), but gender refers to social roles and doesn't necessarily correspond with anatomy.
Renn Fayre actually has always been a private event - the campus is closed to non-Reed community members, and guests must pay for a pass and be sponsored by a Reed community member. Students who volunteer for "Boundary Patrol" check to make sure everyone has wristbands, and if someone doesn't, they are escorted off campus. I'm actually unclear on why law enforcement has been allowed on campus this year. I suspect it has to do with the threat of discontinuing federal funding to Reed College unless the administration cracks down.
Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik did an excellent article that summarizes how many in the Reed community feel - a point of view overlooked in the Willy Week's and Oregonian's blogs.
As a Reed student, my biggest concern is that the presence of law enforcement officers on campus this weekend might prevent people from getting medical help if they do choose to engage in behaviors that these officers intend to prevent. Having undercover officers present might dissuade students from seeking help from resources, such as the White Bird clinic, that were safe spaces in previous years. People are going to experiment either way at Renn Fayre - it's a matter of making students feel comfortable seeking emergency help if they need it.
After trying for two weeks to shadow a volunteer door-to-door, I made plans with Jasun himself to go door-to-door last weekend. He called me and canceled our plans that morning. He did not offer to reschedule. The Mercury is ready to go whenever Jasun is.
The ordinance also includes provisions for an "honored citizens" pass that senior citizens, people with disabilities, and those living in the Fareless Square zone can buy for a nominal fee...probably about $25 per year.
I did write the Florence post while I was abroad last week but didn't get a chance to post it on the blog until I got back to the Mercury.
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