GenderFuck Dance: Time to Bend the Gender Norms

By Diego J. Bartesaghi Mena

Gender-what dance? Yeah, you heard it right. GenderFuck Dance, an event created by the LGBTQ Diversity Resource Center and the OUTFront project, a mentorship program that helps LGBTQ students feel comfortable in their gender identity and sexual preference, took place on Thursday Nov 21. This event was part of Transgender Awareness Week and invited students to come out and “mock the f*ck out” of the gender barriers in being comfortable with who you are.

“Gender Fucking” has been around since the 1970s in protest to the gender binary, male and female.

“Do you ever feel like because you are a girl or guy you have to dress and act ‘like a girl or guy’?” asked Valentina Palchetti, co-coordinator of the OUTFront project, on the project’s Facebook page. What if we told you there is one night where you can say, “screw your gender rules; I am going to f**k with your gender roles”?

The dance was full of great music and delicious food from La Cocina, where the event was held. Julianna Joy, an OUTFront mentor, was in charge of the music, which ranges from K-pop to Hip-Hop, and from Gaga to Shakira. Students danced with each other without worrying about conforming to the gender binary with the overall goal for people to “fuck” with gender, have fun, and be carefree.

Besides the music and food, another perk of the event were the students who participated by defining — in their own terms — gender. “Gender Fucking” does not mean dressing up in your opposite gender, but also to exaggerate gender roles, exposing them as artificial. In this context, someone might dress up as an overly exaggerated female or male. Most common, however, is the notion of cross-dressing and androgyny, which defines the binary by separating expression or performance of gender from perceptions of biological or physiological sex.

Despite the low attendance other events have on campus, this event exceeded expectations.

“New people showed up and had a good time. We were afraid only a few or the regular students were going to show up and nobody else. I am glad new people came,” Palchetti said.

At the end of the event, students left satisfied. This event was different from other dances on campus because it showed students that it is okay to defy gender norms and feel comfortable with who you are.

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