A few months ago, I received an inquiry via list serve about bad fraternityy/sorority tee shirts.The inquirer was doing a breakout session at a conference and wanted examples of some of the rude messages members had seen plastered across the backs of college students. Being an old fraternity boy myself, I’ve seen plenty-and plenty were not something I’d be caught dead wearing in front of people now. Like the shirt that showed a party scene with the sun rising in the background saying, “We drink more beer before 6 a.m. than most people drink all day.” Really? That’s something to be proud of? There are plenty, PLENTY that I can’t even write for fear it’ll go into the spam folders of the folks who have Engel’s Ensights set up on their RSS.
Now, this wasn’t a tee shirt, but a poster on campus advertising some weekend parties. The sign read simply, “Come, get drunk, have sex.” This wasn’t a bar advertising their stuff, but a poster on the wall of a good sized private university. Yeah, Get Drunk, Have Sex. Jesus.
When did the world become so blatantly rude and disrespectful? I know, I know…that makes me sound like an old fogie. It just seems like after signs like this, Brittany showing her stuff as she gets out of a car, Paris Hilton being proud of her quazi-film, where do we go from here? How much more in your fface can we get with sex?
Some 10 or 15 years ago, Jane’s Addiction put out a CD called “Nothing’s Shocking.” The whole theme is that with all the blood and guts and sex that is shoved down the throats of Americans, how can we possibly be shocked by anything? And it’s true…and that was like 15 years ago! Really, where can we go from here?