Have you heard of the high school student who was suspended from school for asking Miss America to prom? It sounds a little ridiculous, but the real story isn’t all that out of line. He went against a direct instruction by the school administration, who didn’t want him disrupting their event of having her speak at the school. His suspension was about defying authority – however benignly – and how the school has to handle disciplinary issues.
That being said, it didn’t take long for a feminist with a voice – Amanda Marcotte, who was previously associated with John Edwards – to declare that the student’s punishment is just, not because of authority and defiance issues, though. She declared that his actions amounted to sexual harassment.
As disgusted and flabbergasted as I am by her opinion, I can almost understand it. After all, when I was in high school it was not considered out of place for a guy to get a hotel room for the night for himself and his date on prom night. Too few people at my high school ever batted an eye at the notion that if a guy shelled out plenty of money for prom, he should receive sexual favors as a reward. I haven’t spent a lot of time studying prom culture – promology? – since my high school years, however, my general impression is that things have not really changed for the better. So if a woman feels that asking a girl to prom is tantamount to asking for sexual favors, well, maybe she isn’t too far off the mark in this day and age.