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Liberals in Kirksville?!?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by curlgrrl, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. curlgrrl

    curlgrrl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2001
    Hi All!

    So I recently found out that I was accepted to KCOM. I really liked the school, but I'm concerned about the socio-political environment.

    I'm a bisexual, radical feminist activist (hell-raiser). Can I survive in Kirksville?!?

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  3. John DO

    John DO A.T. Still Endowed Chair 7+ Year Member

    Jun 19, 2001
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Well, I would think it depends on which aspect you wish to emphasize. We do have bisexuals and lesbians attending our school and we do have feminists, but if you choose to merely outrage, you will probably not fit in. We all deeply respect one another not despite of, but because of, our differences; as a result, intolerance is not generally not accepted from anyone--that includes reverse discrimination! Honestly, we are so busy, we don't have time to concern ourselves with the insecurities and childishness of the past. At this level, all we are concerned with is success: our's and our colleagues'.

    I think you will find a close-knit group here that is not concerned with the aspects you mentioned, although it is doubtful that you will find a group who is willing to engage in "activism," only in medicine.
  4. Chillio

    Chillio Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2001
    I'd have to say that Kirksville is a very conservative place, both the town as a whole and students in general. However, there are some liberals here and there. Nevertheless, its an atmosphere that took some getting used to for me, and I'd consider myself a middle-of-the-road kinda person. Whatever your stance is, I dont think it should be the determining factor in deciding on the school. You're coming for an education and John DO's got a point. We have enough to think about with schoolwork alone.
  5. double elle

    double elle Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2000
    Missouri, USA
    Truman State U, in Kville, is listed on the internet as one of the most gay-friendly colleges in America. That having been made public, there has been an increasing number of gay/lesbian/bisexuals attend Truman. Given that, Truman has a huge PRISM chapter for gay/lesbian/and bi individuals (or anyone for that matter). PRISM welcomes anyone, whether you are a truman student or not. From what I understand from my gay friends, it is an excellent ?support? group. (that isn't the right word...but I couldn't think of what I wanted to say!)

    Kirksville IS very conservative, BUT the Truman and KCOM have been around long enough that the people here are aware that they are going to see people with green/red/blue hair once in a while, or people with studs all over their faces, or women/men holding hands. You may find some people that have to comment, but (more likely) you will find people that may not understand, but know it's not their place to meddle.

    I agree 100% with JohnDO. NO ONE really has a problem with anyone's lifestyle here, we are all too damned busy to care who does what behind closed doors. Not to mention, we are all smart enough to know that EVERYONE adds something to KCOM and, if one has an open mind, we can learn something from EVERYBODY.

    I think you will find, if you decide to come to KCOM, that you will be supported no matter what.

    However, the flip-side is......if you expect people to respect your lifestyle, you have to understand that there will be individuals who, although like/interact with you...don't really agree with it. By this time, I am sure you have already developed that sense of understanding.

    All-in-all, KCOM/Kirksville has a great bunch of people who will accept you. (Hey, they accepted John DO!!!!!!!!!!! and he's from Oklahoma!!!)
    -----just kidding john!------

    Have you talked to Tally Brown? From what I understand, she has really helped out some of the partners in the past with getting involved and feeling welcome. I hear she is great and is definately the one to talk to.

    Best of luck!
  6. curlgrrl

    curlgrrl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2001
    Hi everyone! Thanks for your thoughtful responses. It's good to know that there is support for everyone at KCOM.

    I haven't decided yet where I will matriculate, but your posts have eased my mind a bit. Thanks!
  7. Slingblade the Surgeon

    Slingblade the Surgeon Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2001
    Big Black Leather Chair
    How can you be bisexual AND a radical feminist at the same time.....Most of the hell-raising must be internal eh?
  8. curlgrrl

    curlgrrl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2001
    LOL, Slingblade!

    You're right, I used the term "radical" loosely because most people don't know enough about feminist theory to understand the distiction.


    I guess I should have said that I'm a liberal, constructivist feminist (with some radical tendencies)!


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