If you can articulate a genuine purpose behind having a prom king and queen, what is the value in having a boy chosen as prom queen?
An openly gay teen was voted prom queen at Los Angeles' Fairfax High School in a campaign that began as a stunt but ended up spurring discussion on the campus about gender roles and teen popularity.
I admit, I liked this part of a pre-victory speech he gave:
"At one time, prom may have been a big popularity contest where the best-looking guy or girl were crowned king and queen. Things have changed and it's no longer just about who has the most friends or who wears the coolest clothes," Garcia told a gymnasium full of seniors. "I'm not your typical prom queen candidate. There's more to me than meets the eye."
While the sentiment is valuable, is this really an exercise in open-mindedness? Is it nothing more than showing the uselessness of having a prom king and queen in the first place? Is it a big joke, so maybe the students will create and witness discomfort when the king and queen are supposed to dance?
Whatever it is, it bears no resemblance to the reasoning behind choosing a king and queen back when that tradition was in its genesis.