September 24, 2009, 2:41 am
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“It’s great (uh huh) to be (oh yeah) an SU Orangeman…”

SU2That’s what they say, at least. And it IS great, especially when they win! But the problem is that I ain’t no orangeMAN.

Whether you like it or not, the team is no longer the orangemen (or orangewomen, for that matter). And they haven’t been since 2004. That’s right! 5 years!

We are the orange. You know why? Because we don’t need to bring the gender binary into the stands, when it’s already so enforced on the turf! And you know what? We don’t need it in the band – an organization that I like in large part because of it’s lack of gender differentiation.

And furthermore, I don’t want some “uh huh’s” and “oh yeah’s.” I want to cheer! I don’t want to just be the echo to all the big strong manly men who begin this chant. Because I’m more than that!

So I think it’s about time to retire this cheer, and come up with something more egalitarian and less enforcing of the binary and gender roles. And if you think I’m overreacting, and you’re tired of my feminist bullshit, I don’t care! And I’m gonna continue to yell the “male” part and change “Orangemen” to “Oooorange” until we come up with something better.