Beautiful college girls in bikinis and other scanty clothing? Apart from apple pie and mother, it’s hard to imagine anything more uniquely American. Of course, some don’t agree, as Jennifer Kabbany at College Fix explains:
Sometimes the P.C. police take things too far, and such was the case this week when a four-minute video showcasing young Alabama sorority women dancing, smiling, blowing kisses and frolicking in their bathing suits, sundresses and daisy dukes amidst glitter and bubbles was taken down and reprimanded.
The University of Alabama sorority recruitment video had prompted anger among some who believe it objectified women and showcased a lack of diversity. An op-ed shared all over Facebook and picked up by national news outlets chided the Alpha Phi video for being too white and unempowering to women. It even went so far as to say the video was ‘worse for women than Donald Trump.’
The university then scolded the sorority sisters for not being ‘responsible digital citizens.’ The gals took down the video. Copies popped up. The story went viral, and many stood up and said: Enough is enough.
‘Stop Hating On Sororities For Being Hot And White’ was the headline of a Total Frat Move post by Dillon Cheverere that rightly pointed out:
Sororities aim to recruit and initiate like-minded young women. This video looks like a bunch of like-minded girls to my eyes.
If the university’s chess club put together a recruitment video featuring every member of their club, would you be up-in-arms if it showed nothing but nerdy white kids?
If the university’s hip-hop club put together a recruitment video featuring every member of their club, would you be up-in-arms if it showed nothing but young black people?
Like-minded students who relate to one another — it doesn’t make them exclusionary. It means they want to hang out together, and that’s not cause for a public shaming.
Let’s make sure we have this right: a group of sorority girls made a recruitment video showing them doing what sorority girls do, and the PC police rose up in righteous anger because sorority girls were behaving like sorority girls?
Have we really reached a place where universities have to apologize because their sorority bid videos are too hot? Has Alabama been overrun by ISIS? Should the girls have done their video in burqas? he [Fox sportswriter Clay Travis] continued. ‘… What in the world is improper about this video?’
‘There’s no drinking, there’s no drugs, there’s no nudity, there’s a lot of girls being happy and playing fake football in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Not everyone agreed, of course, such as a guest columnist for AL.com:
No, it’s not a slick Playboy Playmate or Girls Gone Wild video. It’s a sorority recruiting tool gaining on 500,000 views in its first week on YouTube. It’s a parade of white girls and blonde hair dye, coordinated clothing, bikinis and daisy dukes, glitter and kisses, bouncing bodies, euphoric hand-holding and hugging, gratuitous booty shots, and matching aviator sunglasses. It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so … unempowering. …
During filming, did any of them stop to think about what they’d be selling? Did they think they were selling a respectable set of sorority chapter ideals? Did they think they were selling the kind of sisterhood that looks out for all women? Or were they focused on having the hottest video in the popularity contest that is sorority recruitment? Were they satisfied with being perceived as selling a gorgeous party-girl, cookie-cutter commodity? Were they satisfied with being the commodity?
What matters, the intentions, feelings and sensibilities of the girls who produced and appeared in the video, or those of their critics? Who is representing “authentic” femininity, the real “sisterhood?” By claiming all the girls are dyed blondes—which, as the accompanying photo demonstrates is untrue—are the critics engaging in condescending stereotyping—in essence making a cheap blonde joke—or are they upholding the highest principles of female pride and propriety?
Thankfully, most Americans observe this tempest in a teapot and merely shake their heads in wonder. They have lives, actual work to do, families to nurture and friends to attend. Many of them also have daughters in college, some of them blonde, and they believe their daughters should, for one brief time in their lives, have the opportunity to “frolic,” and behave like sorority girls not yet weighed down by the responsibilities of adult life.
Ultimately, young American women enjoying the freedom to which generations of American women have become accustomed should be a comfort, a sign that civilization still holds, and perhaps, might be expected to continue. That video—which I, sadly, cannot find on the Internet—is evidence that America remains the land of the free, the home of the brave, and the home of beautiful, scantily clad blond—and brunette girls, able to enjoy their youth and beauty. That, gentle readers, is what our soldiers, sailors, and airmen fight for, even the women.
Been there, done that, got the tight, wet t-shirt. God bless America and young, blonde—or not so blonde—college-age women.