How would you feel if your school had a Homecoming King that was a female? Students at Maryland’s Hood College are dealing with that right now.
I was quite surprised when I read this article on MSNBC.com. While some members of the campus at Hood College are supportive, the recent announcement of Jennifer Jones, a lesbian, as Homecoming King has sparked some debate on the campus.
Now, y’all know I love me some Carolina. My alma mater does a good job of being diverse and accepting of all people, regardless of their background, beliefs, and preferences. While it still has a ways to go, I can only imagine what would happen if we were at the Homecoming game, and Mr. UNC turned out to be a “Ms.”.
On the Hood College website, it says it’s “A Great Place to be Smart”. Well, I’m sure it is. It’s a college. Apparently it’s just not a great place to be a lesbian. Especially if you plan to run in the Homecoming races.
So…readers of this blog, what do y’all think? What are the real issues here? My sociological background would say that it doesn’t matter if her biological gender is a female because gender is socially constructed anyway- so she (Jennifer Jones) could have been socially constructed to be more of a man depending on the environment that she grew up in. I know it sounds far fetched, and I don’t agree with it…but, I’m just telling you what a potential argument could be. Other thoughts and comments welcome…