By Charlotte Freccia ’19
Oh, Deb Ball. Oh, Deb Ball. Oh, Deb Ball.
That seems to be all I can say. It was said with a kind of defeated-but-still-wistful wink and sigh, if the implication was not strong enough. If I may, I’d like to quote from the event Facebook page:
JOIN THE LOVING PEEPS FOR A NIGHT YOU LOVE TO LOVE. DRESS AS U LIKE, BUT DAZZLE DEB, SHE’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU.
MAKE NO MISTAKE DOE, THIS IS *NOT* A “CROSSDRESSING” THEMED EVENT. TRIVIALIZING THE STRUGGLES OF OUR TRANS OR GENDER NON-CONFORMING FRIENDS IN TODAY’S WORLD IS NOT DEB’S INTENT. THE PEEPS ARE A SAFE, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY. THE “THEME” IS MERCURY IN RETROGRADE. THE THEME IS SUP WIT THE 2020 PLAN THO LOL. THE THEME IS BLUE IVY CARTER, BIOTCHHHHHHH. WE WELCOME ALL, WE CELEBRATE ALL, WE LUV 2 LUV U ALL.
Though I’d be more down for a “Blue Ivy Carter, Biotchhhhh” party than just about anything else, and though Deb Ball and the PEEPS have always been about doin’ you in the most you way possible, the fact remains that traditionally, Deb Ball has been an excuse for young, fresh, Kanyon Kollege undergraduates to loosen the laces of those $100 sneakers and shed those brand-name fleeces and get a little out there in terms of their gender performance. Self-identified dudes in dresses, self-identified ladies in boxer-shorts: anything goes at Deb Ball. Here’s a playlist to celebrate that young-wild-and-freaky spirit. Raise your glasses to the formal dismantling of the gender binary, y’all, one Old K rager at a time.
Sexy Drag Queen/Ru Paul
Queen Bitch/David Bowie
I Wanna Boi/PWR BTTM
Polythene Pam/The Beatles
Dude Looks Like A Lady/Aerosmith
Walk on the Wild Side/Lou Reed
Royal Orleans/Led Zeppelin
I’m A Boy/The Who
If I Were A Boy/Beyonce
Crazy Rap (Colt 45 & 2 Zig Zag)/Afroman
Do My Thang/Miley Cyrus
Who Wears The Pants???/Soko