Homecoming season is here, and it's a great time for all high school students.
For girls, it's easy. All girls do is slip on a Goodwill dress, get ready in about 10 minutes, look for guys to hook up with, get wasted, and have sex (repeat at Prom). They're simple-minded.
But for high school boys, it's a whole different world. Homecoming is a bigger deal for us guys (I remember those stressful days as a high school guy). We spend so much more time on the dance, and it's more meaningful for us than the girls. So, here are my tips for having the best homecoming possible for high school males.
Getting Dressed Up
Girls have it made: They buy the cheapest dress, slip it on, and don't bother doing anything extra for the dance. For guys, it's basically a full-time job. When you shop with your friends, you probably spend an hour deciding whether or not you want a tuxedo, shirt, and tie, or just a regular collared shirt. Then, there is the decision on pants. After you dump most of your money on an expensive outfit, you try it on. Don't let your friends be too critical of you. I know many teenage guys judge each other on how they look, dress, etc. The truth is-Find an outfit which works for you. Don't worry too much about being the most "handsome" guy at the dance, and the guys who care too much are just jealous of you.
To have a date, or not to have a date
The good news is: You're a guy, and it's more socially acceptable to be a dateless guy than a dateless girl. Girls are pressured to have dates, and if they don't, they're known as the "losers who can't get any." If you want a date, that's great. I know many girls find creative ways to ask guys to the dance. If you don't want a date, or can't find a date, that's great too. Many people, especially guys, just go with their friends, and dance the night away. Those are the same guys who post group photos of themselves doing poses, and hugging each other at the dance. This is fine. However, if you bring a date, here is what I recommend.
Assuming you're a heterosexual male, first off, do NOT do anything your girlfriend pressures you to do. Many girls(it happened to me) will do anything they can to have sex with you after the dance is over. They may even physically harass you at the dance, or say vulgar things to persuade you. Whatever you do, be safe! Rape is very common on homecoming dance nights. Please, be responsible, and remind her that no means no!
Before the Dance
So, you have an outfit, and a date, and it's still 8 hours until the dance, so now what? Chances are, your girlfriend offered to buy the tickets, and reserve somewhere to eat (assuming you have a date). Well, this is the perfect time to take group pictures with your friends. It's also the perfect time for us guys to do a "finishing touch." This can include doing your hair, editing your photos, taking selfies, getting "dolled up." It's especially important for guys to have the absolute best hygiene for the dance, and have a presentable appearance.
After the Dance
I already mentioned the dangers of girls pressuring men into sex. However, at many after-parties, there is alcohol and drugs available. Most drugs (even weed in most places) is illegal for anyone, and since virtually everyone at homecoming in under 21 years of age, you can't legally drink either. However, you'll notice your girlfriend, and her friends are the biggest binge drinkers, doing keg stands, smoking weed, playing beer pong, etc. They often call each other "pussies" for not engaging in risk taking behavior. It's important to not allow your date to pressure you into drinking, or doing drugs. It's very common for a girl to pressure a guy into drinking, then pressure guys into sex. Most high school guys are naive, and are often afraid to engage in this type of behavior, so it's important to stand up to her, and not fall into peer pressure.
...And please, just have fun! Homecoming is an exclusively high school event, and they are some of the best dances of your life!