Students Break Gender Barriers at QSA’s Genderfuck

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Author: Emily Birnbaum

Genderfuck, the annual dance sponsored by Oxy’s Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) took place on Saturday, April 18, and provided students the opportunity to infringe on gender and sexual stereotypes while having a night of dancing and fun.

The theme was present everywhere. Blown up posters including the likes of Chris Crocker and Alexis Archette, both of whom professionaly bend gender boundaries, lined the dance floor while balloons of all colors of the rainbow floated above bobbing heads. Men wore sequined dresses and exaggerated makeup, while women donned boxers exposed by baggy pants and drawn-on facial hair. In the center of the dance was a runway where students would periodically get up, walk down the stage, and strike poses.

Monica Baltimore (sophomore) was one of the students to use the catwalk. “I got up on the catwalk twice,” Baltimore said. “That was probably my favorite part of the dance. It was really fun seeing what people would come up with for poses and how Genderfuck affected it.”

Music could be heard from all over campus. The DJ blared Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. In the spirit of bending sexual and gender stereotypes, straight men danced with other men and gay men danced with females. QSA’s goal for the night was “for people to fuck with gender, have fun, and be carefree”.

Only about 100 students showed up to the dance. When asked whether or not he was disappointed with the student participation, event planner and QSA president Sammy Suboh (junior) said, “I was happy with the amount of students that showed up. People have not been going to a lot of events this year, so in actuality, for Oxy this was a pretty good number. Plus, everyone who was there had a great time.”

According to Suboh, Genderfuck is different from other dances on campus. “Because it’s Genderfuck people feel a sense of camaraderie towards one another,” he said. “Everyone has a connection while there because we’re all breaking through social barriers together. It seems like the dance transgresses all boundaries.”

Kyle Herrera (sophomore), agreed. “That dance is totally freeing. I danced so much I can’t even walk today. I bet a lot of people are experiencing that.”

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