Queer Bash is tonight.

Whatever its reputation and no matter what else it seems to do, Queer Bash is foremost intended to be a safe space to explore one’s sexuality through self-expression and consensual interaction with others. While in the past, there have been incidents of sexual violence, hate speech, and prejudiced actions, Queer Bash is never supposed to be a forum for any of these. With the help of the entire Williams community, the Eph Rainbow Alliance (ERA) will continue to try to prevent and counteract these heinous occurrences, in addition to continuing to throw the most spectacular and queer-friendly party at Williams each semester.

The theme for this semester is Arcade Gaymes, so dress accordingly! Or just dress however you want, but whatever your choice of costume, expect this semester’s Queer Bash to be FIERCER THAN TEKKEN & RACIER THAN GRAND TURISMO!

1) We did not have a Queer Bash back in the 80’s. When was the first? Who came up with the idea? We need to capture this history. I have been told that the costumes are often quite, huh, revealing. Is that still true? Has it always been true? What was Queer Bash like in the 90’s?

2) Even the homophobes among my peer-group would have loved a party at which beautiful Eph women were encouraged to dress (and act?) as sluttily as possible.

3) What was the analog to Queer Bash in the 1950’s? My DKE House Dad is mum on the topic.

4) Long time readers will recall the Queer Bash E-mail (QBE) controversy of 5 (?!) years ago. Interesting throughout.

5) In the recent WSO discussion about Juicy Eph, Jordan Tacher claimed that

[T]he college has already set precedent on this sort of matter by asking students to leave for comments made in emails or postings that weren’t illegal. It is a troubling pattern of events.

True? I have never seen clear evidence of that. Can someone tell the story, even if they leave the names out? I heard rumors that one or both of the QBE perps/victims took time off from the College, but it was never clearly because of that incident. (At least one of them got into fights more frequently than he should have.) I can’t think of another incident in which the College might have disciplined someone for just speech. Several druggies were caught via their postings (on Facebook?) and, I think, were forced to take time off, but this was a drug question, not a speech question. Mary Jane Hitler was not asked to take time off. If the College didn’t try to punish her, then who would they have tried to punish?

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