The Sexes: Alma Neuter?

Though the battle for coeducation is pretty much won, vestiges of all-male days remain to haunt campus feminists. One example: the unabashedly male-chauvinist wording of Penn State's Alma Mater. The anthem's phrase "Thou didst mold us, dear old State," recently lost its refrain "Into men, into men." "When we stood at boyhood's gate" emerged unisexually as "childhood's gate." Elsewhere, however, sexism yet sounds hi full voice. At Princeton football games, for example, "her sons" still give "three cheers for Old Nassau." Princeton Recording Secretary Fred Fox says that if "sons" goes, so must the preceding "her." Old Guardsperson Fox vows he...

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