“Tell the boys I am wearing the same.”
— Marlene Dietrich
Gender and theatre historians are presently exploring why so many male college students have been donning feminine attire in university events for so many years. It has been suggested that the tradition began with the initial and in some cases longstanding exclusion of women from many of the most prestigious universities. At the University of Saskatchewan co-eds have been on the campus in large numbers since its foundation in 1907, and for almost the whole period university newspapers and yearbooks have been sprinkled with photos of male beauty queens, male kick lines and cross-dressed fashion models.