I have no doubt that Thurston would be a suitable home for a variety of different groups of people. It is, however, my overwhelming feeling that it is already someone’s home. The Collective is not a dorm for women. It is a house which women have cared enough about to make it a home in the fullest sense of the word. Our belongings are the house’s furnishings. We ourselves are a family. I consider the discontinuation of the women’s collective to be a dangerously damaging blow to women; I see the designation of Thurston to upperclass men a puzzling slap in the face.
“Why a Women’s Collective?” Oberlin Review, January 25, 1974
The fact that housing and dining can make an arbitrary determination to discontinue the women’s collective is offensive in terms of a seeming attempt by the administration to inhibit the development of the women’s movement at a time when affirmative action and declared institutional support require a responsive and even encouraging attitude.
Letter to the Editor from faculty member Brenda Way, Oberlin Review, January 25, 1974
Sociologically women have played a subordinate role in Western society and thus have not been considered historically relevant. Understanding and changing this secondary role is the purpose of Women’s Liberation, but such change is impossible if we cannot comprehend women as a historical entity. Relating to a small group of peers in consciousness-raising groups is a good experience, but it is insufficient—we need a broader perspective on women culturally and sociologically in order to define critical problems. We need to see ourselves not only as women of Oberlin, but as part of a historical continuum…Therefore we see a pressing need for a Women’s Studies Program at Oberlin College.
“Department of Women’s Studies,” Oberlin Review, November 17, 1970
Perhaps the most significant thing that can be said about women in this society is that we are relegated to the private world and not expected to enter the public sphere. We can look at careers in terms of being secretaries, maids, or whores. As a group, we are brainwashed to believe that we are physically and mentally inferior to men, and this feeling has led to our being passive women who do not feel qualified to assert ourselves as people, only as objects.
“The Woman Question,” Oberlin Review, May 8, 1970
A 50-page booklet on student regulations includes 11 pages of ‘Regulations Concerning Women Students,’ but no corresponding sections for men.
Editorial, “Women,” The Oberlin Review, September 25, 1970
Oberlin Review, September 10, 1968
’The purpose of contraceptives is family planning, that is to say, for use in marriage. This obviously would not be the purpose of use of contraceptives on a college campus,’ Dr. Durphee said in his opening statement. ‘As a doctor, I could not prescribe contraceptives for indiscriminate use, for avoiding the penalty of pregnancy outside marriage.’
“Contraception Problems, Policy Discussed at Humanists Forum,” Oberlin Review, October 31, 1967
Dr. Max Durphee is the former director of Student Health Services at Oberlin College.
Oberlin Review, April 22, 1966
Please come! If you’re in Oberlin, I’d love to see you there, even if I don’t know you.
Hallock is the auditorium in the AJLC on Elm Street.
I walked into Women’s Lib after fall break to see what it was like, and stayed…Given half a chance, this group could do a lot for Oberlin, male and female.
“The Purpose of Women’s Politics,” Oberlin Review, December 11, 1970
At a general women’s meeting held last Thursday in Wilder an ad hoc history course in the status of women in America was proposed…The unfortunate lack of historical studies on the status of women is indicative of the need for basic research in the field. As a consequence, much of the class reading would necessarily be in primary source materials, constantly forcing the student to evaluate these readings as historians and to construct, in part, the as yet unwritten history of American women.
Letter to the Editor, Oberlin Review, November 24, 1970
Oberlin Review, September 11, 1970
During the course of the small discussion group in which I was participating a guy wandered in (which was fine) and immediately began giving the attendant women all sorts of handy-dandy advice…he was quite sympathetic with the movement but seemed to be suggesting that we couch our demands in more tactful terms, change our name for the sake of public relations, and make a point of emphasizing that we have absolutely no desire either to alienate or dominate any male.
“Symposium on Women,” Oberlin Review, November 25, 1969
Oberlin Review ad, November 1969
Oberlin Review, September 16, 1969