Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Jayson Veley
In the interest of political correctness and “gender inclusivity,” the University of Minnesota has decided to remove the traditional Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen titles and replace them with the term “Royals.” As if this wasn’t crazy enough, the school’s website explains that they “royals” don’t even necessarily have to be a biological male and a biological female. “Royals… can be any combination of any gender identity,” the site says.
According to campus officials, the change is a shift “toward gender inclusivity” that is in adherence to “a spirit of inclusion at the University of Minnesota.” The website explains further, “This change allows the University to select the best student representatives for the U of M based on campus and community involvement – regardless of gender.”
The entire Homecoming Court at the University will follow the same concept. As The Pioneer Press reports, “As in past years, the U will name 10 students to Homecoming court, only this year the mix won’t necessarily be five men and five women. Those 10 will be paired at random to compete in pre-Homecoming events, and their performance, along with a university-wide vote, will determine the two royals.”
Allyson Taubenheim, the University’s marketing manager for Student Unions and Activities, told The College Fix that she is excited about the rule change, which will officially be implemented in October of this year. “Our student body is made up of a very diverse population that shouldn’t be limited by gender identity,” she said in an email. “Other colleges, universities and even high schools have made similar changes. We look forward to crowning two students who respectfully represent the university’s values, connect with the diverse members of the university community, and have excellent school pride.”
The new “gender inclusive” guidelines at the University of Minnesota is just the latest installment in an entire nationwide push towards a structureless society. Progressives and far too many school administrators seem to be just fine with throwing definition out the window and embracing an “anything goes” type of environment, all in the interest of being “inclusive.” (RELATED: This gender-neutral pronoun being pushed by universities is identical to a pronoun used in communist China).
There are several flaws with this way of thinking. First, the progressives don’t understand that they are trying to achieve the impossible. One hundred percent inclusivity is a goal that is never going to be accomplished, no matter how many rules are put in place or how many letters are added to the LGBT acronym. Someone somewhere will always feel left out for one reason or another, and trying to create an “inclusive” environment that addresses each of these reasons is a task that’s as futile as accounting for every star in the sky.
Even the University of Minnesota’s decision to use the gender-neutral term “royals” isn’t one hundred percent inclusive. Campus officials explained that the rule change “allows the University to select the best student representatives,” but what if one student identified as a cat? Would they still be able to be crowned a royal? What if another student was offended by the term royal and wanted to be called something else? Would that student be left out of the competition? These are two extreme examples, but their purpose is to demonstrate the extreme flaws in the effort to achieve one hundred percent inclusiveness.
Furthermore, no one ever seems to question how many students are actually offended by the use of traditional gender titles in the first place. More than likely, the administrators at the University of Minnesota didn’t bother to ask their students for their opinions on the issue, but they went ahead and changed the guidelines anyway.
Appalachian State University and San Diego State University have also removed their Homecoming titles of King and Queen in recent years, replacing them with the term “royals” just as the University of Minnesota has done.