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    4/5/2013 1:29:43 PM Posted by Adam Tragone

    By Matthew Hernberg

    TCNJ

    This week, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), a taxpayer-funded college near the state capital of Trenton, permitted the TCNJ Chapter of PRISM, the campus "queer-straight alliance,"  to dedicate an entire week to gender-neutral bathrooms. This campaign involves making most of the bathrooms located on the first floor of the school's student center, library and other heavily trafficked buildings all unisex. The purpose of the campaign is to bring awareness to the lack of "equality," according to PRISM's website, "for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and the heterosexual people who support them." However, the campaign for equality is nothing more than a social experiment right out of the cultural Marxist playbook. Ironically, PRISM's struggle-for-equality narrative actually infringes on the liberty and equality of the rest of the student body.

    What's happening here on the TCNJ campus this week is far from original in its origins, though many of the supporters of the unisex bathroom campaign fail to realize, or at least acknowledge, the paradigm that they're actually promoting. By taking a look at history, the paradigm of cultural Marxism came from the German Marxist Frankfurt School, where influential political philosopher Herbert Marcuse believed that the purpose of college students is to "radicalize the departments inside the university." More importantly, Marcuse's philosophy was very influential in shaping the sexual revolution of the 1960s here in the U.S. According to GLBTQ.com, "the world's largest encyclopedia of gay lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture," Marcuse believed in encouraging new social forms of "erotic communities or pleasant and fulfilling work environments." In other words, further dividing our country into groups that would allow for new ways to organize the workplace. As GLBTQ.com notes, Marcuse's political philosophy on gay rights "was compatible with the American emphasis on 'civil rights' [while also providing] a viable basis for community organizing and development of ethnic group politics." Organizing the community and using what we do in the bedroom to further divide us as a nation, in actuality only divides us more. Abraham Lincoln even once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

    Specifically, if a student group is going to push a particular agenda on campus that's funded by not only the taxpayers of New Jersey but also by student tuition of the college, the public and the student body should be aware of the greater context of their campaign. And by the way, does TCNJ PRISM even know that they are promoting a belief that is descendant from Marxism, which is totally against the core values of our nation and to those that fund the school? Student privacy and safety are most importantly affected by the group's effort to promote their cultural Marxist ideology whether intentionally or not. One female student said that she feels vulnerable should a guy walk in while she's using the bathroom. One liberal student said that though he believes in the LGBT movement, the measures that PRISM is committed to on campus is where he "draws the line."

    This is Marcuse's radicalization of college campus at work or cultural Marxism at its finest. Many students feel that their rights of privacy and well-being are threatened as result of the few who are either unaware or pushing a particular political philosophy that goes against the very foundation of our great nation. The equality of the student body is also at stake where the ability to voice our safety concerns is silenced out of fear of being labeled insensitive or ignorant.

    Matthew is CNJ Young Americans for Freedom chapter founder and chairman and former TCNJ College Republicans chairman.

    • Readers' Comments

    • So believing in equality for all genders is "radical" and "culturally Marxist"? You're a fucking asshole.
      Posted by Jonathan Steinklein on 04/07/2013
    • I would appreciate unisex bathrooms. I doubt that anyone is being forced to use facilities they object to. However, these gender neutral bathrooms provide safe spaces for people who never got a chance to choose. Who have to been struggling with those trite stick figures on the outside of the door to the TOILET which tells them that somehow they don't belong. Everyone uses the bathroom. Everyone should be comfortable doing so.
      Posted by Sabre on 04/07/2013
    • While I commend Mr. Hernberg on his initiative by called Prism's office I would like to tell him that posing as a freshman student in order to acquire (false) information from our administration is less than respectable in journalism, and I would urge him to re-evaluate his notes, because it seems that he may have been mistaken in a few areas. As an alumni member, Mr. Hernberg seems to be misrepresenting his Alma mater, so while he speaks of Marxism I would like to speak on hypocrisy. TCNJ is a school that prides itself on its progressiveness, its liberal nature, and its creativity. Mr. Hernberg seems to be calling for TCNJ's student body to take steps backwards. Perhaps we should segregate our student bathrooms according to race or only allow men to be accepted to our college then, should we, Mr. Hernberg? Surely, someone who has graduated from this institution would understand the importance of progressiveness. Furthermore, Mr. Herberg, if you ever speak of TCNJ and its quest for equality ever again, please ensure that you are not lying to its members and falsifying information because our organization does so much good at The College of New Jersey. Perhaps if you opened your transphobic eyes you would see this.
      Posted by Megan Osika on 04/07/2013
    • Bigotry. That's all this is. I have nothing more to say.
      Posted by Will Wyckoff on 04/07/2013
    • So were you the person destroying college property? Are you aware that this is illegal? You are a bigot, regardless.
      Posted by Dave on 04/07/2013
    • The only "agenda" anyone with PRISM has is awareness and equality. Your hatred is unacceptable.
      Posted by Adrianna on 04/07/2013
    • Gender neutral bathrooms in no way infringe upon the "liberty and equality of the rest of the student body". If students do not wish to use a gender neutral bathroom, then they are welcome to go and use one of the many other bathrooms that are located on campus. Gender neutral bathrooms are necessary to provide a safe space for students that do not fall within traditionally defined gender roles. By branding bathrooms as solely for males or solely for females, this fails to provide a space for people who are genderqueer (not falling into either the male or female gender), and can make things complicated for transgendered students. Gender neutral bathrooms alleviate these concerns. This has nothing to do with marxism, PRISM is not a Marxist organization, and in no way is TCNJ or TCNJ students promoting Marxist ideology by providing students with a safe place to use the bathroom. Gender neutral bathrooms simply aim to provide a space for all students, of any gender, to use.
      Posted by Jessica on 04/07/2013
    • Putting aside the fact that the connection you are drawing between Marxism and the gender neutral bathrooms is, and I am being generous here, tenuous at best, it is also solely based in a logical fallacy known as "The Association Fallacy". The Association Fallacy, also known as guilt by association, is based on the wrong assumption that if person A is a bad person, and they like thing B, then that means that thing B is a bad thing. Your entire argument here seems to be that since Marcuse had a similar “political philosophy on gay rights " with what you think is being done here, emphasis on think, then what is being done here must be bad. Furthermore your statement "Organizing the community and using what we do in the bedroom to further divide us as a nation, in actuality only divides us more." is not only highly insulting in that it puts forth that the LGBTQ community is completely and totally based around what is done in the bedroom, but also makes the statement that upholding the status quo is more important than ensuring equal rights. By your argument the efforts put forth to desegregate the nation should not have taken place, because they "divide(d) us more," which as history has shown us is not the truth. In short your argument is based around several false pretenses, which when taken away leave you with no substance to what you are saying.
      Posted by Matthew on 04/07/2013
    • "One female student said that she feels vulnerable should a guy walk in while she's using the bathroom." Well, considering "This campaign involves making most of the bathrooms located on the first floor of the school's student center, library and other heavily trafficked buildings all unisex," students with such anxieties can simply find another bathroom to use. This issue, along with all of the others in this article, is simply the author grasping at straws to justify his own bigotry.
      Posted by Drew on 04/07/2013
    • Are you kidding me? The signs are up for a week. Check your cisgender privilege for ONE WEEK.
      Posted by Ryan on 04/07/2013
    • Right, because it's not like there are gender differentiated bathrooms in all the other buildings on campus, all year round. For that matter, it's not like cisgendered persons have the opportunity to use a bathroom that suits their needs almost everywhere in the entire fucking country. I'm so sorry that a week of trying to promote awareness and give people who don't fit into the binary a chance to feel like normal people, instead of like second-class citizens, makes you feel so threatened that you felt like you had to write this absurd article accusing PRISM of Marxist radicalism. Personally, I think gender-neutral bathrooms should be available all year round, all over the country. Do you have any idea how miserable it makes one to have to choose between using a restroom where you risk having the police called (or getting assaulted) and using a restroom that doesn't match who you are? How hurtful it is to live constantly feeling like there is no place for you in society? That you, by not fitting into the gender binary, are somehow a lesser human being? I bet you don't. And remind me, is it cisgendered people who have a high percentage chance of being beaten, raped or murdered just by daring to outwardly display their gender identity in public? No - it's transpeople. None of the people using the gender neutral restrooms are impinging on the rights of other students. They are merely satisfying their needs in a (for once) comfortable environment. For those students who are uncomfortable with the concept of using a restroom with people who might have different genitalia, they can easily use another restroom. The cost of this "experiment" is minimal - the college is probably only helping to pay for the signs. The hopefulness it brings that maybe things can change? Priceless.
      Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2013
    • Right, because it's not like there are gender differentiated bathrooms in all the other buildings on campus, all year round. For that matter, it's not like cisgendered persons have the opportunity to use a bathroom that suits their needs almost everywhere in the entire fucking country. I'm so sorry that a week of trying to promote awareness and give people who don't fit into the binary a chance to feel like normal people, instead of like second-class citizens, makes you feel so threatened that you felt like you had to write this absurd article accusing PRISM of Marxist radicalism. Personally, I think gender-neutral bathrooms should be available all year round, all over the country. Do you have any idea how miserable it makes one to have to choose between using a restroom where you risk having the police called (or getting assaulted) and using a restroom that doesn't match who you are? How hurtful it is to live constantly feeling like there is no place for you in society? That you, by not fitting into the gender binary, are somehow a lesser human being? I bet you don't. And remind me, is it cisgendered people who have a high percentage chance of being beaten, raped or murdered just by daring to outwardly display their gender identity in public? No - it's transpeople. None of the people using the gender neutral restrooms are impinging on the rights of other students. They are merely satisfying their needs in a (for once) comfortable environment. For those students who are uncomfortable with the concept of using a restroom with people who might have different genitalia, they can easily use another restroom. The cost of this "experiment" is minimal - the college is probably only helping to pay for the signs. The hopefulness it brings that maybe things can change? Priceless.
      Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2013
    • Just to do some quick fact-checking of this article. 1) The signs are up for a period of ONE week. 2) The signs are only located in the Library Cafe, and in the first floor and basement of the Student Center. All other campus bathrooms, including dormintory and academic buildings, remain cisgendered.
      Posted by Jordan Stefanski on 04/07/2013
    • Ordinarily when I see an article that describes a dissenting opinion to my own, I try to respect the opinion, understand its supporting arguments, and counter them. This article, however, is not worthy of and respect. I'll explain why (and that is something you never did in this article). First of all, this article is written terribly. I've seen high school papers written better than this article. It seems like the author is writing a letter to PRISM while angrily stomping on his keyboard with his fingers. Sentence structure lacks diversity and proper grammar on occasion. Secondly, there is very little logical flow, merely pointed fingers and outrageous accusations. The author uses quotations without explaining their relevance, leaving the readers to guess why he included them. For example, the Abraham Lincoln quotation ends a paragraph, breaking a basic rule of academic writing. Finally, I found no viable support of the thesis. Where does he explain why he drew the conclusion that unisex bathrooms is Marxism? The best explanation I could find demonstrates either that the author believes Marxism is any minority group striving for recognition and equality OR that he is committing the logical fallacy of guilt by association.
      Posted by The Dude on 04/07/2013
    • "Many students feel that their rights of privacy and well-being are threatened as result of the few who are either unaware or pushing a particular political philosophy that goes against the very foundation of our great nation." First of all, the "many" students you refer to is more like the three you were sitting with in the library cafe that you happened to interview. Second of all, the "few" students you mention I assume refers to Prism. *NEWS FLASH* Prism is one of the largest student organizations on campus, other than CUB and the theater groups. As a STRAIGHT ally, and former executive board member of the organization, I can say with complete confidence that you have clearly missed the point of gender inclusive bathrooms and trans week as a whole. Transgendered individuals are faced with the struggle of which bathroom to use on a DAILY BASIS. The female student you refer to as feeling "unsafe" in the bathroom, is how many transgendered individuals feel EVERYDAY when they use the bathroom. Stop blogging to inflate your pitiful ego for a second and read the signs that are posted around campus about transweek. I understand people have their own opinions, but I am not going to sit quietly while someone who is uneducated, not due to our lack of trying, compares us to a "Marxist organization." Our organization helps hundreds of students everyday and if you haven't watched the new lately, the MAJORITY of the United States supports LGBT rights. Next time you attack a very highly regarded campus organization, make sure you actually know what you're talking about, because now you are the one with egg on your face. Please feel free to contact me, or any of the current Prism executive board if you have any future questions regarding Prism's campus advocacy. I would be happy to educate you and anyone else who tries to make this campus less inclusive.
      Posted by Morgan on 04/07/2013
    • Your assessment of the Prism activity was just foolhardy and stems from a place of Naivety. You are just equating the removal of gender identity to the removal of distinction systems, which Marx found significant for economic purposes. And if you believe in communism or socialism (which intelligent people tend not to) than the removal of economic distinctions in the form of classes is vital to reduce class struggle ...However as I'm sure we all know the reason why Prism does this bathroom activity is to raise trans issues awareness and advance education on gender identity. So therefore, your entire point and the connection you draws is just spurious hokum. Removing distinctions for economic purposes has nothing to do with advancing education through a distinction removal activity. There were once Black and White people bathrooms and when we removed them Capitalism (a system I love) still remained strong. Economic distinctions are good and promote capitalism and equality.....social distinctions tend to detract from capitalism and let inferior people advance. The gender neutral bathrooms have nothing to do with sharing resources, which ultimately causes inequality (socialism). It has to do with education; with causes a better, more tolerant society.
      Posted by Fellow Republican on 04/07/2013
    • "Many students feel that their rights of privacy and well-being are threatened as result of the few who are either unaware or pushing a particular political philosophy that goes against the very foundation of our great nation." First of all, the "many" students you refer to is more like the three you were sitting with in the library cafe that you happened to interview. Second of all, the "few" students you mention I assume refers to Prism. *NEWS FLASH* Prism is one of the largest student organizations on campus, other than CUB and the theater groups. As a STRAIGHT ally, and former executive board member of the organization, I can say with complete confidence that you have clearly missed the point of gender inclusive bathrooms and trans week as a whole. Transgendered individuals are faced with the struggle of which bathroom to use on a DAILY BASIS. The female student you refer to as feeling "unsafe" in the bathroom, is how many transgendered individuals feel EVERYDAY when they use the bathroom. Stop blogging to inflate your pitiful ego for a second and read the signs that are posted around campus about transweek. I understand people have their own opinions, but I am not going to sit quietly while someone who is uneducated, not due to our lack of trying, compares us to a "Marxist organization." Our organization helps hundreds of students everyday and if you haven't watched the new lately, the MAJORITY of the United States supports LGBT rights. Next time you attack a very highly regarded campus organization, make sure you actually know what you're talking about, because now you are the one with egg on your face. Please feel free to contact me, or any of the current Prism executive board if you have any future questions regarding Prism's campus advocacy. I would be happy to educate you and anyone else who tries to make this campus less inclusive.
      Posted by Morgan on 04/07/2013
    • What's the difference? Why do you feel you need to make a big deal about this? Take way the political motivations, we've all been to establishments that only have one bathroom that is unisex. Hell, they have them in Hopsitals. They have them in government buildings! They have them all over, so don't try to add the "fear of rape" into this, because if someone was intent on raping another, a little stick figure woman on the door isn't going to stop them. You're uncomfortable with non-binaries, and that's fine to admit, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be working towards being accepting and fighting for equality. Shake the hate off you, man. You'll feel so much better. Something that frightens me: you're getting all this attention for writing this dribble, please take away that these people are upset with you and your unethical practices; if you really posed as a student, what you did was illegal and unethical. Please try to frame your "journalism" in a respectable fashion. (On a technical note, your writing is sloppy, clearly biased, and frankly insulting to the profession of journalism).
      Posted by on 04/07/2013
    • I am in awe at this author's blatant and just horrifying level of ignorance, and I feel his existence is a detriment to our society.
      Posted by Patrick Fardella on 04/07/2013
    • Today was accepted students day, some parents were very concerned. I think they should have been put up tomorrow.
      Posted by Matt on 04/07/2013
    • @Matt The signs have actually been up since last Monday as last week was Trans Awareness Week, which means they are allowed to be up until Monday. There was some conflict resolution with the placement of signage by the bathroom that indicated the purpose of the gender neutral bathrooms, as well as an advisement to not deface or in any way alter the sign.
      Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2013
    • As the person who you contacted from PRISM, I can say with certainty that posing as a FRESHMAN STUDENT in an obvious attempt to gain my trust, when you are indeed an alum of the school, is beyond unethical. And I'm not entirely sure why you called because nothing that I explained to you about these signs was mentioned in your argument (most likely because your argument is based on shoddy logic and incredibly poor understandings of marxism, Marcuse's argument, the current LGBTQ movement, and how society works in general.) Here is what I said, which I will now repeat in hopes that you hear me the second time: The purpose of those signs is to allow transgendered individuals (which is an umbrella term that covers lots of individuals who all in general either do not fit into a male or female category OR do not fit their biological sex) a safe space while going to the bathroom for ONE WEEK. Every other week of the year, transgender individuals may face discrimination, harassment, extreme anxiety, and physical violence no matter which bathroom they go into. The anxiety the girl described in your article is the same distress many transgender individuals feel every single time they have to use a gendered bathroom. To make myself clear, THAT'S THE POINT. That is the reason why those signs are put up, not to divide people (really, the Abe Lincoln quote? How did you graduate from college?), but to point out the inequality that exists on campus and elsewhere in the world. Our goal is education, and you can't educate anyone about cis-gender privilege unless you point our where it exists. You completely missed the mark about the purpose of gender neutral bathrooms. I honestly do hope that you can use this as an opportunity to understand the incredible amount of privilege you posses, especially as a cis-gendered male. It would also be nice if you learned how to make logical conclusions, write a persuasive essay like an adult as opposed to a fifth grader, and respect one of the most highly regarded and respected organizations of your alma mater before shouting "Marxists!"
      Posted by Hailey Marr on 04/07/2013
    • As the person who you contacted from PRISM, I can say with certainty that posing as a FRESHMAN STUDENT in an obvious attempt to gain my trust, when you are indeed an alum of the school, is beyond unethical. And I'm not entirely sure why you called because nothing that I explained to you about these signs was mentioned in your argument (most likely because your argument is based on shoddy logic and incredibly poor understandings of marxism, Marcuse's argument, the current LGBTQ movement, and how society works in general.) Here is what I said, which I will now repeat in hopes that you hear me the second time: The purpose of those signs is to allow transgendered individuals (which is an umbrella term that covers lots of individuals who all in general either do not fit into a male or female category OR do not fit their biological sex) a safe space while going to the bathroom for ONE WEEK. Every other week of the year, transgender individuals may face discrimination, harassment, extreme anxiety, and physical violence no matter which bathroom they go into. The anxiety the girl described in your article is the same distress many transgender individuals feel every single time they have to use a gendered bathroom. To make myself clear, THAT'S THE POINT. That is the reason why those signs are put up, not to divide people (really, the Abe Lincoln quote? How did you graduate from college?), but to point out the inequality that exists on campus and elsewhere in the world. Our goal is education, and you can't educate anyone about cis-gender privilege unless you point our where it exists. You completely missed the mark about the purpose of gender neutral bathrooms. I honestly do hope that you can use this as an opportunity to understand the incredible amount of privilege you posses, especially as a cis-gendered male. It would also be nice if you learned how to make logical conclusions, write a persuasive essay like an adult as opposed to a fifth grader, and respect one of the most highly regarded and respected organizations of your alma mater before shouting "Marxists!"
      Posted by Hailey Marr on 04/07/2013
    • As the person who you contacted from PRISM, I can say with certainty that posing as a FRESHMAN STUDENT in an obvious attempt to gain my trust, when you are indeed an alum of the school, is beyond unethical. And I'm not entirely sure why you called because nothing that I explained to you about these signs was mentioned in your argument (most likely because your argument is based on shoddy logic and incredibly poor understandings of marxism, Marcuse's argument, the current LGBTQ movement, and how society works in general.) Here is what I said, which I will now repeat in hopes that you hear me the second time: The purpose of those signs is to allow transgendered individuals (which is an umbrella term that covers lots of individuals who all in general either do not fit into a male or female category OR do not fit their biological sex) a safe space while going to the bathroom for ONE WEEK. Every other week of the year, transgender individuals may face discrimination, harassment, extreme anxiety, and physical violence no matter which bathroom they go into. The anxiety the girl described in your article is the same distress many transgender individuals feel every single time they have to use a gendered bathroom. To make myself clear, THAT'S THE POINT. That is the reason why those signs are put up, not to divide people (really, the Abe Lincoln quote? How did you graduate from college?), but to point out the inequality that exists on campus and elsewhere in the world. Our goal is education, and you can't educate anyone about cis-gender privilege unless you point our where it exists. You completely missed the mark about the purpose of gender neutral bathrooms. I honestly do hope that you can use this as an opportunity to understand the incredible amount of privilege you posses, especially as a cis-gendered male. It would also be nice if you learned how to make logical conclusions, write a persuasive essay like an adult as opposed to a fifth grader, and respect one of the most highly regarded and respected organizations of your alma mater before shouting "Marxists!"
      Posted by Hailey Marr on 04/07/2013
    • go hailey!
      Posted by nors 1 on 04/07/2013
    • you tell em hail!
      Posted by on 04/07/2013
    • Hi Matt, I'd like to say you did a relatively okay job with conflating one issue with another here. I can assure you nothing about this campaign is about spreading the ideas of Marxism. To my knowledge, PRISM has never once even discussed Marx or Marxism within its meetings. This is a campaign to help raise awareness to those who exist outside the gender binary like me, those of us in the trans* community who feel like we are forced to make a choice of where we may expunge our bodily wastes. I'm sorry that cisgendered people feel uncomfortable by gender inclusive bathrooms, I'm sorry that you feel so ashamed of your bodies, and the genitles that you have make such a difference about which room you may arbitrarily use to relieve yourself of your digested food and drink, but seriously, a little bit of uncomfort will go a long way to making sure everyone feels comfortable, specifically trans* people who feel uncomfortable using gender divided bathrooms. Oh, one final thing, if you want to complain about tax dollars being spent on stupid things, go get mad about the defense budget building tanks or social security being accessible to people earning millions of dollars or, and I think everyone on the political spectrum can agree on this, bringing Roger Clemens to a congressional hearing.
      Posted by Kyle on 04/07/2013
    • Hi Matt, I'd like to say you did a relatively okay job with conflating one issue with another here. I can assure you nothing about this campaign is about spreading the ideas of Marxism. To my knowledge, PRISM has never once even discussed Marx or Marxism within its meetings. This is a campaign to help raise awareness to those who exist outside the gender binary like me, those of us in the trans* community who feel like we are forced to make a choice of where we may expunge our bodily wastes. I'm sorry that cisgendered people feel uncomfortable by gender inclusive bathrooms, I'm sorry that you feel so ashamed of your bodies, and the genitles that you have make such a difference about which room you may arbitrarily use to relieve yourself of your digested food and drink, but seriously, a little bit of uncomfort will go a long way to making sure everyone feels comfortable, specifically trans* people who feel uncomfortable using gender divided bathrooms. Oh, one final thing, if you want to complain about tax dollars being spent on stupid things, go get mad about the defense budget building tanks or social security being accessible to people earning millions of dollars or, and I think everyone on the political spectrum can agree on this, bringing Roger Clemens to a congressional hearing.
      Posted by Kyle on 04/07/2013
    • Hi Matt, I'd like to say you did a relatively okay job with conflating one issue with another here. I can assure you nothing about this campaign is about spreading the ideas of Marxism. To my knowledge, PRISM has never once even discussed Marx or Marxism within its meetings. This is a campaign to help raise awareness to those who exist outside the gender binary like me, those of us in the trans* community who feel like we are forced to make a choice of where we may expunge our bodily wastes. I'm sorry that cisgendered people feel uncomfortable by gender inclusive bathrooms, I'm sorry that you feel so ashamed of your bodies, and the genitles that you have make such a difference about which room you may arbitrarily use to relieve yourself of your digested food and drink, but seriously, a little bit of uncomfort will go a long way to making sure everyone feels comfortable, specifically trans* people who feel uncomfortable using gender divided bathrooms. Oh, one final thing, if you want to complain about tax dollars being spent on stupid things, go get mad about the defense budget building tanks or social security being accessible to people earning millions of dollars or, and I think everyone on the political spectrum can agree on this, bringing Roger Clemens to a congressional hearing.
      Posted by Kyle on 04/07/2013
    • I , how you say, 'LOL'ed when I saw that the individual who wrote this conglomeration of dogma was previously part of the TCNJ Republicans, and when I noticed the conservative advertisements at the bottom of this page. i.e. "Are you smarter than the Obama Administration? Take the Quiz!" and "Top Conservative Colleges." It is unspoken that this review of PRISM's week of genderqueer recognition should have been unbiased, at the least. The writer antagonizes his alma mater as well as a group that, he understands, is extremely passionate about a very underrepresented endeavor. The writer is, however, slightly correct with the relation to cultural Marxism. Unfortunately, the writer uses the term "Marxist" to bring up an oh-so-cold-war-sensitive red flag which is untrue to the pursuits of PRISM in this week. PRISM was moving and advocating for the socially chastised genderqueer individual, but moreover, equity. There is honestly no more to it that radical Republican politics have to bring. Marcuse's words were honestly used in a terrible fashion in relation to Abraham Lincoln's one quote. The writer manipulated both quotes in order to relate them. "A house divided against itself [indeed] cannot stand." This issue of gender equality is controversial- yes? Therefore, we are divided. What would we be considered- a college, an institution, a house perhaps? Indubitably, we, the people associated with TCNJ, are divided, so until something is done about the equali-. Oh, wait a second here. I believe that was the whole point of this week: a group at TCNJ expressing their first amendment rights and posing an important solution to an issue. "A house divided against itself [most definatly] cannot stand." If the writer is going to try to intersect gender inequality with race issues, I suggest that he talks about double jeopardy rather than modern social norms. If the writer is going to talk about the core values of the nations, I suggest that he at least understands the various depictions of democracy. You know what this article tells me? It tells me that PRISM is doing something right. As a student who is not in PRISM at all, I believe it is this hackneyed "opinion" on gender equity that is weaseling its way into so-called political factuality, which, as we all know, is (in this article) oxymoronically tied to incomprehensible controversy. We can only speculate on the oppression that trans* individuals [of color] face. That being said- what the hell do I know? I know empathy and acceptance, and I don't need politics to ever screw that up for me like it did the author.
      Posted by Amit Gupta on 04/07/2013
    • Big words from a small man.
      Posted by Graham Mazie on 04/07/2013
    • The female student who felt unsafe because of unisex bathrooms must feel unsafe all over campus. On our campus there is absolutely no physical barrier preventing a man from entering the women's bathroom or a woman entering the men's bathroom. I'm sure that a percentage of the female population on this campus has snuck into the men's room when the line for the ladies' room has been too long. Bottom line, a toilet is a toilet regarding of what stick figure you put over it. In case you were unaware, a woman's restroom does have individual stalls that lock. Its not like we are all peeing in front of each other. The bigger question you should be addressing with your time is how TCNJ can be an open community for ALL its tuition paying students. Gender-queer students have a right to use the bathroom without feeling uncomfortable. When we disregard the rights of a minority population what stops us from infringing upon the rights of all people.
      Posted by Natalie on 04/07/2013
    • "When we disregard the rights of a minority population what stops us from infringing upon the rights of all people." Well said!
      Posted by on 04/07/2013
    • Sir, I think you've completely missed the point. I'm sorry, but I think next time you should get your facts straight and not falsify evidence to prove your claims. Take a good look at your ethical values while you're at it.
      Posted by Nicole on 04/07/2013
    • Everybody who has written a comment on here has written eloquently. I personally do not write very well and as beautifully as all of you. Therefore, I am glad you were all able to say everything I wanted to say. Also, I agree with the fact that this guy clearly can not write. I am not an English major or anything of the sorts but even I know when something has no thesis or point to be made. The entire article is all pure ignorance. Lastly, it definitely looks bad when you are pointing fingers at your own alma mater. You should honestly be ashamed of everything having to do with this article.
      Posted by on 04/07/2013
    • Yes. Gender neutrality will always equate to Marxist / Communist values. This is a stretch. If you want to see a Marxist example of values, I'm sure Kim Jong Un will welcome you with open arms.
      Posted by Walter Witko on 04/07/2013
    • You miss the entire point of PRISM's campaign and instead hide behind your bigoted ideas. How on earth will allowing transgendered students a week of relief from harassment, discrimination, and anxiety infringe on the "liberty and equality" of the student body? If someone truly feels uncomfortable with this idea they are welcome to use any other bathrooms on campus. You need to realize this organization's only intention was to help their fellow students feel as though they belong. If you don't like it you may kindly piss somewhere else.
      Posted by Kerrin on 04/07/2013
    • I was reading this article and suddenly the word Marxist started showing up in every sentence and almost had to stop. This whole situation seems like nothing more than a harmless experiment by PRISM; I doubt any of them sat down and decided "Okay guys, time to start pushing the Marxist agenda on everybody and convince them into our way of thinking," complete with evil laugh and crack of lightning in the background. It's unisex bathrooms. On the first floor of certain buildings. For a week. If it is that offensive, just stop going to the bathroom for a week.
      Posted by Nardo on 04/07/2013
    • I see absolutely nothing wrong w/gender neutral bathrooms; hell, i think its a great idea! just because you're a bigoted asshole doesn't mean you should try to ruin whatever good that one group is trying to do.
      Posted by Dean on 04/07/2013
    • This is obviously a slander article to further some campaign to get the college to close down PRISM. I see no connection between a temporary unisex bathroom experiment and communism. Really, communism?! Is that seriously the best thing you can think of to stop an equality group? You might as well just say "I think gays are icky" and call it a day. They're doing a social experiment to raise transgender awareness, not sneak the idea of communism into "this great nation," as you repeatedly put it. Please, if this was a great nation, we wouldn't have people like you who spread hate any chance they can get.
      Posted by Ryan on 04/07/2013
    • As a TCNJ alum, this article is laughable and why nobody takes the conservatives on campus seriously. Nobody is being "pushed" to use these bathrooms..nor is privacy an issue..there is a huge sign with an explanation, and the vast majority of campus bathrooms are of the usual Male/Female variety. The Abraham Lincoln quote is plopped randomly for effect and grossly misused-- yes a house divided against itself cannot stand...therefore, we should be accepting of others and allow for progressive views.
      Posted by Dan on 04/08/2013
    • Wow, I am just SHOCKED and DISAPPOINTED by all of your comments. Not only was this article succinct and beautifully written, but it addressed many of my concerns as an AMERICAN. First of all, I would like to address the DISCRIMINATORY nature of PRISM's recent actions: Just as Hernberg mentioned, the measures taken during Trans* Awareness Week are representative of "gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and the heterosexual people who support them"; however, this representation CLEARLY "infringes on the liberty and equality of the rest of the student body." What about all of the normal, hard-working, cis-gendered heterosexuals who DON'T support the gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people? What about their rights to liberty and equality? I'm sorry, but straight people who feel disturbed and--dare I say--threatened by the homosexuals on this campus deserve just as much respect and accommodation as you radical Commies! How come THEY don't get a special week when THEY can have special bathroom stickers to denote their special identities and special privilege to the first floor bathrooms of heavily trafficked public establishments, huh? Not only is this entire-week-long event discriminatory against cis-gendered, straight people, but it is downright ABLEIST as well! How do you expect physically challenged or handicapped, old-fashioned, down-home, responsible, tax-paying straight people to perform their bodily functions comfortably and express their disapproval of rabid, socialist ideologies? OBAMACARE? I think not! OBVIOUSLY, if PRISM continues to draw from the RIDICULOUS notion of creating a "pleasant, fulfilling work environment" which draws from the 1960s sexual REVOLUTION inspired by college RADICALS in association with the ideals of HERBERT MARCUSE who studied at the GERMAN MARXIST FRANKFURT SCHOOL, they will only serve to DIVIDE our GREAT NATION! AMERICA! Also, if you think that this glorious country was built on the backs anyone other than patriotic, cis-gendered, heterosexuals who pay their taxes and college tuition, you are dead wrong, because it is a proven FACT that QUEERS and ILLEGALS don't pay for taxes OR higher education. Anyway, furthermore, in conclusion, my point is that unisex bathrooms are UNSAFE. They ENDANGER the health of our WOMEN and CHILDREN. Do you know who rapes women and children? MEN. That's why they aren't supposed to share bathrooms in the first place. WAKE UP, AMERICA! Instead of "organizing the community and using what we do in the bedroom to further divide us as a nation", we need to organize the community according to FACTS and STATISTICS. You know who else rapes our women and children? BLACK PEOPLE. Also, CATHOLICS. Instead of spending THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of taxpayer dollars on the special interests of SOCIALIST queers and their bathroom stickers, why don't we separate bathrooms the old fashioned way--according to genitals, race, and creed--in order to ensure the SAFETY and PROTECTION and COMFORT of the women?! Much love, George Washington Freedom
      Posted by Jarvis on 04/08/2013
    • As a TCNJ alum, this article is laughable and why nobody takes the conservatives on campus seriously. Nobody is being "pushed" to use these bathrooms..nor is privacy an issue..there is a huge sign with an explanation, and the vast majority of campus bathrooms are of the usual Male/Female variety. The Abraham Lincoln quote is plopped randomly for effect and grossly misused-- yes a house divided against itself cannot stand...therefore, we should be accepting of others and allow for progressive views.
      Posted by Dan on 04/08/2013
    • So, if you are so against equality, and so offended when those who are suppressed ask for the same rights as you, why did you go to TCNJ, one of the most accepting, progressive, liberal schools in the state? PRISM's a pretty large group- one of the largest on campus, in fact- so you must have known about it when choosing to go to the school, especially since PRISM is very active and holds many awareness campaigns and events such as this. If you would have preferred to go to an institution that supports inequality, there's a nice link on the bottom of this page with the top ones.
      Posted by on 04/08/2013
    • I dislike some of the things the College Republicans do, but I do not write such slanderous things about them. Why? Freedom of speech, which is a right everyone has. Just because you dislike what a group is saying does not give you the right to slander and vandalize it. PRISM has every right to put up the signs, and if you dislike it, then just use a different bathroom.
      Posted by on 04/08/2013
    • I just want to start out by saying that I am a Republican, and I found myself disgusted while reading this article. There is a clear divide between the opinions of someone like the author, and the mainstream republicans on TCNJ's campus. Mr. Hernberg has clearly blurred the lines of logic and reason to create a world in which his delusions about reality can flourish. By simply scanning his poorly written excuse for an essay one can see that he was willing to spread falsehoods about a specific program just to make trouble. Anyone with half a brain on this campus was well aware of the program PRISM was running. We were aware that it was not meant to be a permanent "solution" to the problems faced by the LGBTQ population at the college, but rather was organized to raise awareness. Mr. Hernberg I suggest you stop screaming "Marxist!" every time you disagree with someone. By doing so you maybe able to articulate a point,(which I doubt, but i guess anything is possible) and have people actually discuss the issue at hand. I hope you retract this article and offer an apology. As an American, a Republican, and as a member of the TCNJ community I found your remarks disgusting.
      Posted by John on 04/08/2013
    • I just want to start out by saying that I am a Republican, and I found myself disgusted while reading this article. There is a clear divide between the opinions of someone like the author, and the mainstream republicans on TCNJ's campus. Mr. Hernberg has clearly blurred the lines of logic and reason to create a world in which his delusions about reality can flourish. By simply scanning his poorly written excuse for an essay one can see that he was willing to spread falsehoods about a specific program just to make trouble. Anyone with half a brain on this campus was well aware of the program PRISM was running. We were aware that it was not meant to be a permanent "solution" to the problems faced by the LGBTQ population at the college, but rather was organized to raise awareness. Mr. Hernberg I suggest you stop screaming "Marxist!" every time you disagree with someone. By doing so you maybe able to articulate a point,(which I doubt, but i guess anything is possible) and have people actually discuss the issue at hand. I hope you retract this article and offer an apology. As an American, a Republican, and as a member of the TCNJ community I found your remarks disgusting.
      Posted by John on 04/08/2013
    • Hello, my name is Disha Dass, and I am the Vice President of Administration for PRISM. If anyone would like information about what PRISM actually does, feel free to e-mail prism@tcnj.edu, where I, or one of my fellow board members, would be happy to answer your questions!
      Posted by Disha Dass on 04/08/2013
    • The fact that in pursuit of a senseless smear campaign you had to operate under a false identity, and deceive those you oppose is a direct reflection on your juveniele desperation. You sir should be ashamed, heed the disgusted reaction of your fellow alumni--those that include a fellow Republican. Your rant is nothing more than a misinformed, hateful, and lazy display of rhetoric that mirrors the fear tactics most similar to Glenn Beck's baseless invocations of Nazi/Stalinist propaganda in equating the aforementioned with progressive hopes for equality. Perhaps sir you should reconsider what you took away from your TCNJ experience. Furthermore, I strongly encourage you to reflect on the example you are providing for your cohorts and how personally insulting this is to several of your fellow TCNJ members.
      Posted by Vince on 04/08/2013
    • An admission of your deceit and retraction of your views purported on such a premise is the least you could do.
      Posted by Vince on 04/08/2013
    • TO ALL STUDENTS: Piss over the seats everytime you take a leak. They should shut it down within a week or two
      Posted by Anonymous on 04/09/2013
    • I'm shocked that even gendered bathrooms are nowadays being seen as unequal. I understand this was staged for awareness and for those who struggle with the decision of which restroom to go into, but suggesting a change in social landscape of this magnitude isn't easy to ignore. Logically, if those who participated in this were comfortable with entering gender-neutral bathrooms, why was it a problem beforehand with entering gendered bathrooms? Do they think a sign on the door will prevent the concerns brought up by this activism in the first place? I respectfully suggest that the activism by this campus group can be channeled into more efficient answers to this problem, such as single unisex bathrooms on every floor. And to those who are itching to snap back at any perceived slight towards social rights, I challenge your so-called tolerance and inclusion of other people's views and logic.
      Posted by TCNJ Student on 04/09/2013
    • Key Fact: Logic should include intelligence, and not loose ends tied together by shouts of "Communism!" and badly placed Abraham Lincoln quotes. While his opinions can be respected... his writing is still complete crap.
      Posted by A REAL TCNJ STUDENT. on 04/09/2013
    • Isn't this blog hilarious? Do people get paid to write for it? ...They should be paying me to read it.
      Posted by on 04/09/2013
    • http://www.tcnjsignal.net/2013/04/08/unisex-bathrooms-are-unifying-not-wrong/ Learn something, Mr. Hernberg. This site needs a left-handed slap back to reality.
      Posted by Tom on 04/09/2013
    • If gender neutral bathrooms were staged by an unrelated feminist movement, sociological experiment, or even prank, the people who disagree with it now would disagree with it then as well. That is because the issue is the infringement of privacy in this movement, and not gay rights. Sadly, the word bigot is spat before any real debate can be made and the argument is shut down by those who like to hear themselves talk (and it's boring to read how many different ways you can say you're disgusted).
      Posted by TCNJ Student on 04/10/2013
    • If gender neutral bathrooms were staged by an unrelated feminist movement, sociological experiment, or even prank, the people who disagree with it now would disagree with it then as well. That is because the issue is the infringement of privacy in this movement, and not gay rights. Sadly, the word bigot is spat before any real debate can be made and the argument is shut down by those who like to hear themselves talk (and it's boring to read how many different ways you can say you're disgusted).
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