why 'coed'? why not 'woman'?

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  1. alleight

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    this question is probably in the dumb-ass category of inquiry. but here it goes:

    why do people refer to women as co-ed? for example, in the sentence "hot college co-ed strips on webcam"

    why not just say 'hot college woman'?

    was co-ed a term popular back in the day when women went to different schools than men? what gives?
     
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    Bingo...it's something of a vestigial term these days.
     
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    Right. When women were finally integrated into some of the "better" schools, the schools became co-educational. The men had always been students, so the women were called the co-eds. They were the newcomers.

    I always thought it was an exceptionally odd use of the term, to refer specifically to female students.
     
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    Agreed. It makes a little more sense to refer to something like a mixed dorm.
     
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    I always thought that was odd too! I mean, coed means both men and women in the school, or whatever (other things are called coed too, like I used to play volleyball and flag football on a coed recreational league).
     
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    Asexual bathrooms in college dorms are still referred to as "co-ed" because both men and women use them.

    Also, do any schools other than UC Berkeley have those? (Does Cal even have them anymore?)
     
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    I've always thought it an odd term, whether outdated or not.
     
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    I agree that it used to always be men at college and then women were the newcomers so they were called coeds.
     
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