A few weeks ago, I went to the Panworld Coffeehouse with my friends. I got out my handy dandy notebook so that I could take notes on the racial and gender makeup of the participants. See, I was all set to write a blog post on gender imbalances and cultural appropriation at our school. Well guess what.
Not gonna happen.
You see, I encountered a problem with this plan. There was an almost exactly even balance of male and female performers in both of the fashion shows as well as the other performances. For the most part, people represented countries they had very clear ties to, either because they had lived there, or because their ancestors had. I can’t even remember any of the songs being particularly bigoted or misogynistic. None of the performers were overly sexualized.
Let me get this straight, I thought. I can’t find anything problematic here to write about. Really? After all the problems I’ve posted and read about on the blog, I have before me an example of what things should actually look like? Really?? I could hardly believe it. Yet there it was, a moment of equal representation, right on our very campus.
I guess all I really have to say at this point is this: Well done. Well done Panworld, well done performers, and well done Randolph College. Thank you for proving that a goal as simple as adequate representation can be achieved. May we have many more similar events in the future.