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No way It's not that bad
Debate Score:6
Total Votes:6
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Should Harvard gym have given in to the Muslims?

men are banned for muslim women workouts

No way

Side Score: 3

It's not that bad

Side Score: 3
3 points
This is ridiculous - that guys aren't allowed in during some hours of the day because muslim women don't feel right working out next to men. Go and work out somewhere else. Or maybe they should have made burkas mandatory to prove that they're muslims. That probably would have stopped the whole thing before it even started. If I was a guy there, I'd be protesting the reverse sexism.
Side: No way
0 points
I can understand Harvard's decision from a religious standpoint, but in my opinion, there needs to be a substantial number of Muslim women who were affected. In the article, it only says six Muslim women asked for the change -- definitely not enough people to warrant a university-wide change. If Harvard catered to every six-student team asking for a change, who knows what would happen. As for the "segment of the Harvard female population" not found in gyms because they don't feel comfortable working out next to men -- get some self-esteem and get over it!
Side: No way
blammo(186) Disputed
2 points

Tell that to the 9 students who entered a High School in 1957 in Little Rock, Arkanas that didn't allow blacks. Just because it is only a few people protesting does not make it meaningless.

They are asking for a lousy 2 hours, 2 times a week in the hopes that we can respect their beliefs (Since Jan. 28, the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center has been open only to women from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.) I think it is a perfectly reasonable request. And the article also says that it is open to all other women as well. Like, we don't have other instituions in our socitey that is gender controlled. (Men's Clubs, Women only Gyms, Bathrooms, Some Golf Courses, etc.)

This is another example of how little we as a society are accepting of different cultures while at the same time say "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. This is written on the Statue of Liberty. Maybe they should add to it..."so long as you prescribe to our beliefs"


Side: It's not that bad
1 point
Harvard needs to provide an environment where everyone can feel comfortable working out. There are plenty of other gyms for men to go to during those hours and if they didn't do it they'd probably be sued for discrimination.
Side: It's not that bad