Sewing, Choreography, Makeup: Princeton Launches 'Drag U' to Unleash Students' Inner Drag Queens


An Ivy League institution with a sticker price of more than $83,000 a year is offering its students the chance to be drag queens.

Princeton University’s s Gender + Sexuality Resource Center posted about the project on Instagram.

“Drag University is a new program housed under the mentorship pillar of the Gender + Sexuality Resource Center,” the post stated.

“This year long program will teach about the history of drag, as well as the art form of drag,

“Sessions will be taught by local drag performers, on campus partners who know their way around machines, and other students,” the post stated, noting that undergraduate and graduate students could participate.

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The post noted that the first eight students to “commit to the entire curriculum” would have the costs of supplies covered by a “scholarship.” A post on the center’s website said “reached our capacity for our scholarships.”

According to The College Fix, topics to be covered in the monthly sessions include the history of drag, “Sewing 101,” choreography, face painting, photoshoots and wig and garment design.

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Citing Princeton’s total annual cost, which the university gives as $83,140, commentator Robert Spencer wrote on PJ Media that “for all that dough, Princeton will take your thoughtful, intelligent son and turn him into a prancing, preening, children’s-innocence-stealing drag queen.”

Spencer sarcastically noted that “there are no prerequisites or preliminary courses that enrollees have to take; they can go from zero to drag queen with just one course. No wonder Princeton charges so much.”

The College Fix had noted that various Princeton offices did not respond when comment was sought, leading Spencer to write, “Surely they couldn’t have something to hide, could they?”

“Surely they are just bursting with pride about their Drag University, and want all Princeton parents and alumni to know about it, don’t they? Don’t they? If not, why not?” he wrote.

“Could it be that somewhere underneath their dresses, exaggerated makeup, and wigs, Princeton administrators still have some understanding that this sort of ‘academic course’ is deeply offensive on numerous levels and has no place in any decent university? Inconceivable!” Spencer wrote.

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On its website, Princeton’s Gender + Sexuality Resource Center states it seeks to “identify, address, and reduce racism, heterosexism, patriarchy, misogynoir misogyny, cissexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination.”

“We approach our work with a historical analysis of discrimination and injustice to intentionally and equitably serve the campus,” the site states.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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