Harvard University has moved to make Muslim women more comfortable in the gym by instituting women-only access times six hours a week to accommodate religious customs that make it difficult for some students to work out in the presence of men.
Harvard Islamic Society's Islamic Knowledge Committee officer Ola Aljawhary, a junior, said the women-only hours are being tested on a trial basis. The special gym hours will be analyzed over Spring Break to determine if they will continue, she said.
Aljawhary said that she does not believe that the women-only gym hours discriminate against men.
Harvard is admitting spectacularly dense students nowadays.
There are lots of comments at the end -- none, as far as I can see, support this intolerant, backwards policy.
For example, Paco writes:
Good progressive move, Harvard. Leading the way back to those good old days of "separate but equal" public facilities.
Why stop with re-segregating the gym? Go all out and emulate everything they do in the apartheid Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I read they arrested a woman because she illegally "mixed" with men other than her relatives at a Starbucks in Riyadh. So let's have special hours for women to go to Starbucks by themselves in Boston.
Whatever it takes to make Muslims feel comfortable. That's all that matters.