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Lesbians at Wellesley?

stanleyislesbianstanleyislesbian 0 replies1 threads New Member
How big is the lesbian community at Wellesley? Will it be easy for me to find lesbians/bi girls to date?
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  • keiaieiareikeiaieiarei 20 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Entering student here.

    In April of 2016, Wellesley's Counterpoint magazine conducted a poll on straightness by graduating class. Search for the keywords "April 2016" on this page: http://www.wellesleycounterpoint.org/poll
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  • MassmommMassmomm 4151 replies84 threads Senior Member
    I reported your post, as your user name is suspicious and it's an odd question for a first post, but just in case you're serious, yes, there are lesbians and bi women at Wellesley, and on pretty much any college campus in the world.
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  • PetraMCPetraMC 944 replies7 threads Member
    Not sure why this would be considered an odd question. But OK.
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  • PublisherPublisher 10356 replies130 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2019
    OP: It's an all girls college in Massachusetts.

    P.S. The survey chart for April, 2016 referenced above shows that less than half of Wellesley students who responded to the survey are straight. In short, your social life should be fine.
    edited September 2019
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  • homerdoghomerdog 6455 replies111 threads Senior Member
    Whoa. I always wondered about that but more than half are lesbian? Wow. Hate to say it but not sure if a straight girl would feel like they fit in. Wonder if that percentage is the same at other women's colleges. I love the idea of a women's college for many reasons but less than half being straight women would be a deal breaker for our D21.
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  • PetraMCPetraMC 944 replies7 threads Member
    @homerdog The poll only says "queer," not "lesbian." A lot of those women could date men, just not exclusively.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35301 replies399 threads Senior Member
    Lol, it's one of those questions where our own reactions can be revealing.

    Sure, a lot of gay women choose a women's college.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 6455 replies111 threads Senior Member
    I have a friend with a daughter at Scripps and it doesn't seem to lean queer or lesbian at all. Wonder if that's because, although it's a women's college, the consortium allows the women to be around plenty of men. Lol. That consortium in particular seems very close knit with kids taking advantage of classes and ECs in all of the five schools.
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  • BookLvrBookLvr 207 replies5 threads Junior Member
    I actually read the pie chart differently. I think it is saying that as of that survey moment,

    Class of 2016: 55% straight, 39% not straight, 6% other.
    Class of 2017: 50% straight, 46% no straight, 4% other.
    Class of 2018: 45% straight, 44% not straight, 11% other.
    Class of 2019: 48% straight, 45% not straight, 7% other.

    Remember that "not straight" includes a wide range of not straight identities, including bi women who may date men.

    I'm not sure I understand why having a hefty percentage of not straight women would be a "deal breaker" for a straight woman. In some ways, it could be a plus! When the young men from Harvard and MIT come to a Wellesley party, some of your classmates definitely aren't looking for a boyfriend. LGBTQ women encompass a large variety of personality traits and types. The only thing they have in common is that they are potentially interested in other LGBTQ women as romantic partners.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35301 replies399 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2019
    It's not as if all gay people are obvious. And of course there's blending, friendships across preference lines, especially in any smart environment.

    I get OP's question, as a misc consideration. But she should be researching what the college shows, clubs or activities, particular gender courses, and more. As close as it is to Boston, plenty of local opps to meet women. Plus online.
    edited September 2019
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  • avgsopho1223avgsopho1223 39 replies15 threads Junior Member
    edited October 2019
    Deleted, unrelated to thread
    edited October 2019
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  • doschicosdoschicos 25966 replies258 threads Senior Member
    This "survey" shouldn't be seen as definitive. Who knows how many people answered and if more non straight students were likely to answer.
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  • snailobituariessnailobituaries 1 replies0 threads New Member
    edited November 2019
    Hi, bi Wellesley student here. Survey results don't tell all for the reasons users above have stated. Many students don't feel comfortable with strict labels, are still in the process of discovering their sexuality, or just don't like answering surveys. imo trying to put a number to it is futile. I will say though that Wellesley is a wonderful place to be if you lean towards the ladies. It's unlike any other college out there for so, so many reasons, but as a queer kid from the rural south, finding a college where I could be fully myself was just as important as more standard considerations such as academic rigor, orgs, and location. Wellesley is beyond accepting and the lgbt community is doing more than just surviving, we're thriving. I wouldn't sweat it OP
    edited November 2019
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  • sorryimtryingsorryimtrying 18 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Hi! I'm a prospective student, and I actually EDed to Wellesley, and I'm a straight girl. I completely disagree about it being a "deal-breaker" that there are many women in the lgbtq+ community. If anything, meeting an openly queer girl at the info session made me love the place even more for how accepting it is, and how exciting it'll be for anyone regardless of their sexual orientation to meet so many different people :)
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