Twenty colleges and universities now let men and women share dorm rooms, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
It’s the final frontier in the decades-long march away from gender separation in college dorms, hallways, and even bathrooms.
While sharing a room comes unnervingly close in the minds of many parents to sharing a bed, advocates for the new arrangements say sexual intimacy rarely plays a role with those who sign up. Instead, for a younger generation it is increasingly common for men and women to just be friends. And some gay and transgendered students welcome the chance to avoid same-sex roommates whom they may not be comfortable around, or who may not accept them.
Most roommates are just friends, says the Monitor. Students are reluctant to get too close to someone who lives too close. Dating someone in the same corridor is known as hallcest or dormcest.