Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Gender policing on college campuses

"Hood College is reviewing its homecoming rules after a lesbian was crowned king, a college official says." If this isn't a fabulous opening sentence, I don't know what is.

I want to be careful not to conflate the very complex gender and sexuality identities being misunderstood and/or sensationalized by mainstream media, but I feel the need to post a link to this article, about a woman who was just voted homecoming king by her college.

This event is gender-threatening and rather than the fact that she is a lesbian (she wasn't voted in with a partner, for instance) this is an issue of a woman-in-a-man's-place at Hood College. I especially like the comment by one of the losers that a woman winning this competition "made it seem like a joke."

The full article

"She is not a man," said Singleton Newman, a 22-year-old senior who was among the queen candidates. "It is a gender issue, and she is a woman."

Santo Provenzano, 21, who competed for king, said Jones' selection made the event seem like a joke. "It discourages guys from wanting to take part in the future," he said.

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