How T.W.I.R.P. can be Problematic
La Follette has a lot of things going for it, but one major aspect is our homecomings. I think the majority of us can agree that our annual homecoming dance is pretty “lit.” Because of this highly esteemed event, it’s no surprise that there have been talks about another dance. A popular one among many schools, including MMSD schools, is an called TWIRP. This acronym stands for “The Woman Is Required (Requested) to Pay.” Now, on the surface this may seem completely harmless - typically, guys are expected to do all the work; ask, drive and pay. With this theme, the tables turn, and the girls are forced to step up. The fundamental goal of the dance isn’t at all troublesome, but the Sadie Hawkins, another name for it, was invented in 1934, and since then, America has become much more open and progressive. Today, it’s not necessarily a guy and a girl hoping to go together, and that’s where the problem arrives. The very title of the dance suggests a heterosexual relationship, and isn’t inclusive to the LGBTQ community. To some, this may not seem like a very big deal, but those who identify as gay or lesbian are already singled out enough, and this dance only emphasizes the separation between sexuality identities.
Additionally, gender identification has changed, and this may be tough for transgender, gender neutral, and any other student that isn’t cisgender. All in all, this puts our queer peers in a weird and awkward position, which is completely unfair and therefore, shouldn’t be implicated. For straight, cisgender students that enjoy the aim of this, trust me, I understand. But we can’t let our own unconsciously hurtful desires jeopardize the feelings of our peers, and we must respect and advocate for each other.