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No, the Alabama Sorority Video Is Not More Offensive to Women Than Donald Trump

End the paternalism.

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For reasons that are still not entirely clear to me, a promotional video for a University of Alabama sorority that depicts the girls dancing in bikinis—and doing other stereotypical sorority stuff—provoked an internet backlash against its supposedly anti-feminist content. But that's not all: the backlash itself has also earned its own backlash.

As you might have guessed, Donald Trump is somehow involved.

The video, which was taken down Monday, was intended as a recruitment tool for Alabama's Alpha Phi chapter. It emphasized the girls' aesthetic beauty, eager smiles, love of good times, and penchant for blowing glitter from the palms of their hands in whimsical fashion.

This drew the ire of al.com's A.L. Bailey, who scornfully decried the video as "worse for women than Donald Trump." She wrote:

Remember all those bikini-clad, sashaying, glitter-blowing, and spontaneous piggyback-riding days of college? Me either. But according to a new video, it's a whirlwind of glitter and girl-on-girl piggyback rides at the University of Alabama's Alpha Phi house. 

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. 

Are they recruiting a diverse and talented group of young women embarking on a college education? Upon first or even fifth glance, probably not. Hormonal college-aged guys? Most assuredly yes. Older, male YouTube creepers? A resounding yes.

Like the many other videos of its ilk found online for sororities far and wide, it's supposed to work as a sales tool to draw in potential new members (PNMs). But unlike many other videos, Alpha Phi's video stands out in the "beauty and bounce" category and in its production value. Yes, sororities are known for being pretty and flirty; they aren't bastions of feminist ideologies. But perhaps they shouldn't completely sabotage them either. 

Just last week during the GOP debate, Megyn Kelly of Fox News called out Donald Trump for dismissing women with misogynous insults. Mere hours later, he proved her point by taking to Twitter to call her a "bimbo." He also proved the point that women, in 2015, must still work diligently to be taken seriously. The continued fight for equal pay, the prevalence of women not being in charge of their own healthcare issues, and the ever-increasing number of women who are still coming out against Bill Cosby after decades of fearful silence show that we are not yet taken seriously. 

I agree that Trump's statements about women are gross and demeaning. But isn't Bailey doing a similar thing here? Telling a group of girls that everything they do must showcase their intellectual and non-aesthetic capabilities strikes me as at least a little insulting and paternalistic. The Alpha Phi girls don't really deserve to be burdened with the enormous pressure to behave in a manner that at all times meets the approval of armchair feminists on the internet.

National Review's Katherine Timpf defended the video's existence in a debate on Fox & Friends, asserting: "I don't know how this is national news. I mean, if you don't like it, you don't have to join that sorority."

Her debate opponent, Carrie Sheffield, agreed that it was silly to attack the video but nevertheless maintained that Greek life in general is a pox on college campuses. "Greek life is associated with binge drinking, sexually reckless behavior, smoking," she said. "We have to ask ourselves as taxpayers… do we want to subsidize party life?"

I'm all for de-subsidizing the entire higher education project in general, but Sheffield's specific criticisms of Greek life are overblown. Yes, more sexual assaults take place at fraternities, but fraternity members also do more volunteer work and are more likely to graduate than non-fraternity members. And while it varies from campus to campus, binge drinking and sexual assault are not exclusively Greek life problems—and indeed, on some campuses, a strong Greek presence can even mitigate these negative social tendencies.

Shutting down fraternities (as some in the media have advocated), and banning sorority girls from going out at night (as some national Greek organizations have done), are bad solutions to the problems on campuses. These approaches infantilize students without doing anything to address the real issues. If universities want to confront irresponsible alcohol use and its ill effects—increased sexual assault among them—ideally they should experiment with more lenient drinking policies. It's a real shame the federal government won't let them. (Maybe President Trump could do something about that.)

But in the meantime, let's see the Alpha Psi recruitment video for what it is: a vaguely tongue-in-cheek goof-off session, not some kind of anti-woman manifesto.

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  1. Robby Soave = Declares Bimbo Anti-Feminist Campaign of Unmpowerment “Perfectly Okay”; Sanctions Continued Ideology-Sabotage, Reveals Disturbing Undercurrent of Libertarian Contempt for Strong Female Voices

    1. Women and…..wymyn hurt worst…

  2. Tits are power, and these girls used their power not for good but for evil. Because of that, they turned not just themselves but all womankind into victims. But as every good modern feminist knows, victimhood itself is also empowering. It is a great weapon in the outrage war. I say to the ladies, rage! Rage against the phallus, the oppressor/savior that is every man! Just leave Trump out of it.

  3. You know who else took offense to having too many blondes?…

    1. Blondes are not a problem – bottle blondes are. Let them wear their real hair color.

      1. I guess. I’m not sure how limiting hair dye choices is empowering, unless … oh, blonde hair is fascist patriarchy. Got it.

    2. No on, ever?

    3. #BlondeLivesMatter

  4. I doubt it’ll happen, but I really hope it’s the Alabama sorority girls who tell the social justice cadres to bugger off. They seem just the sort who could quite effectively remind them of whose place is which in the pecking order.

    1. Conservative WOMEN?!??!!? Then they aren’t “real” women….

      1. Well, I don’t know if they’re conservative or not (Honestly, I hope not. It would be really cool if that’s where all the libertarian women were.). Probably apolitical. And it would be really, really, nice to keep as large a swath of the world that way as possible.

        1. SECONDED!!!

          (If they were libertarian that would be the bomb! I just assume they are conservative because its Alabama. Either way, as long as they are batshit-crazy victim-mongering SJWs I’m good. And they are FINE AS HELL!!)

          1. *aren’t*

            1. Too late!!! You said “are.” No changies!!!

          2. Either way, as long as they are batshit-crazy victim-mongering SJWs I’m good.

            Are you missing a word here?

            1. I chose my timing poorly.

    2. They seem just the sort who could quite effectively remind them of whose place is which in the pecking order.

      Hence the rage of the bitter SJW feminists against a group of young attractive girls demonstrating to the world feminine traits that men find attractive.

      1. Hence the rage of the bitter SJW feminists against a group of young attractive girls demonstrating to the world feminine traits that men find attractive.

        This, more than anything. At my alma mater, there was a sorority that was *largely* for just these types of women – and they hated Kappa, Tri-Delta, and all the rest just…because.

      2. Hot chicks Trump SJW.

        Did you see what I did there?

      3. Attractive women have a lot of empowering over men, of any profession! Their attributes can control a willing man to the point of bedazzlement! More than one has risked his career over a hot, eager, woman! Why is it that they are referred to as the weaker sex? I would say that men are the weak, easily manipulated, sex! My wife is a prime example of that!

    3. Pick any sorority girl at random, and she has done more for feminism than all the SJWs combined.

  5. But in the meantime, let’s see the Alpha Psi recruitment video for what it is: a vaguely tongue-in-cheek goof-off session, not some kind of anti-woman manifesto.

    To those that push such notions as rape culture and that there is unequal pay between men and women (see: progressives), everything must be politicized and everything must support the narrative.

  6. I agree that Trump’s statements about women are gross and demeaning.

    Trump also says shitty things about men who irritate him, but that is not worthy of comment. Because women are special fragile snowflakes and must be defended from such things, except when they are fierce empowered womyn who are the equal or the superior to men in all things. Doublethink is real.

  7. Yes, more sexual assaults take place at fraternities,

    Citation?

    1. Statistically, women are far safer anywhere on a college campus than they are anywhere else.

      1. Which seems to contradict Robby’s (so far) unsupported assertion.

        1. The assertion didn’t state that these were assaults of women. Under the current ‘title ix’ classification, much of what is done to pldges counts as sexual assault.

  8. To the left, women who act like women is a bad thing.

    Only men like Bruce Jenner are allowed to do that.

    Because gender is a myth, social construct, tool of the evil patriarchy, etc.

    Women can’t possibly like wearing bikinis, fashion, makeup, sunglasses, all that. No, they’ve just been brainwashed into it by evil capitalists

    Which is why the left loves Islam so much – they think women in Burkhas is wonderful, because they are truly free covering themselves up like that.

    1. It also levels the field between bitter feminist SJW types and hot sorority girls.

    2. To the left, women who act like women is a bad thing

      Close, but not quite. Women who look like that and act like women is a bad thing. If the video were of 300 pound beasts doing the same things, the proggies would be telling us that the entire video was empowering for women.

    3. To the left, women who act like women is a bad thing

      Close, but not quite. Women who look like that and act like women is a bad thing. If the video were of 300 pound beasts doing the same things, the proggies would be telling us that the entire video was empowering for women.

      1. This. If you look, there are videos of bottom tier sororities’ recruitment videos.

    4. “To the left, women who act like women is a bad thing.”

      I tried to make this point the other day with a clothing company that was marketing to a “post-gender generation” and said that that would not end well. That certain “traditional” male and female traits are absolutely necessary.

      And everybody jumped down my throat because they said I was against free commerce or freedom of choice in one’s clothing.

      Almost no one got my point – which is this.

      1. Who is this company? I want to avoid doing business with them or their affiliates.

        1. Okay, at the risk of suffering the wrath of Warty and Susan M, here is the offending company with there Urkel-looking model.

          http://www.coolhunting.com/sty…..butch-baby

          I just think it is a stretch to think that you could sell many clothes to women that want to look like men. But I ain’t running the company and apparently they have a different business model…

          1. …at the risk of suffering the wrath of Warty and Susan M…

            WHYCOME WOMEN CAN’T HAVE PECKERS?!

            Haha Hit’n’RunPublicans amirite?

            See, that wasn’t so bad was it?

            1. Have your fun. But I am not going through that shit again. Like one of those dreams where you are running in slow-motion and everyone else is normal speed…

          2. If Obama had a son…

          3. This website makes my soul hurt.

      2. By traditional traits I take it you mean things like giving birth?

        “Because Newman understands that carrying a child isn’t as stereotypically feminine as it used to be,”

        Damn all these pregnant men!

    5. I thought feminists supported freeing the nipples.

        1. The nipples you deserve, but not the nipples you need.

  9. Remember all those bikini-clad, sashaying, glitter-blowing, and spontaneous piggyback-riding days of college?

    About 2 steps below that, but yeah, I do actually. Easiest round of “spot the geed” I’ve ever played.

    1. It’s funny – the girls at my school actually did do that stuff too. Not everyday, obviously but on the big party days, or when the weather (finally) got warm – absolutely.

    2. ^^ this is what I came here to say. “Yeah, actually I DO remember that kind of shit.” It was fun as hell, and being in the pre-AIDS era, sport fucking was part of it, which made it MOAR AWESOME!

      Also, both my girls were in a sorority like this – they attended the same school I did. And….it was awesome. They still get together at weddings and stuff and sing their little songs and take photos and are SO blonde and white and…it’s all good.

      Fuck the SJWs. Well, if they’d let you, and weren’t cray…

  10. He also proved the point that women, in 2015, must still work diligently to be taken seriously.

    By, say, getting the vapors and having to flee from the airwaves for a much-needed vacation (can you believe she hadn’t taken any time off in 6 whole months?).

  11. No, the Alabama Sorority Video Is Not More Offensive to Women Than Donald Trump

    The Olympics of Suffering really needs an objective set of judging criteria so we can avoid precisely this type of confusion.

  12. Remember all those bikini-clad, sashaying, glitter-blowing, and spontaneous piggyback-riding days of college? Me either.

    Maybe that has something to do with why you hate it?

  13. Is it rude to point out that no one at “Reason” seems to have noticed that all these girls are, you know, WHITE? Apparently, even “A.L. Bailey,” whomever she is, didn’t notice that either. I guess black lives don’t matter.

    1. FTA:It’s a parade of white girls and blonde hair dye,

      Life can be hard if you’re illiterate.

      1. Also if you don’t refresh often.

    2. You misspelled anal.

    3. The dynamic clownest duo Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson didn’t noticed…yet. And speaking of black lives…..there’s that article from Takimag.
      http://takimag.com/article/bla…..es_johnson

    4. “A.L. Bailey,” whomever she is,

      Do we even know if it is a he or a she?

  14. OK, I’m wrong. A.L. did notice. But she didn’t bitch about it nearly enough. For me, that’s the real “turn-off,” although I admit that the whole blonde on blonde thing comes a close second.

    1. These women don’t live a life to your personal preference and you’re mad bro? I think this is what the patriarchy looks like.

      1. If this was anybody but Vanneman I’d think it was sarc, but it’s difficult to tell. He’s like the holy prophet of Poe’s law.

        1. I just finished my bottle of rum yesterday. You suggested Pyrat XO, if I remember correctly, right?

          1. Yep, that was me.

            1. I’ll pick it up this weekend.

              1. Enjoy. And if you hate it, we never had this conversation.

          2. If you like dark rums, I’m a big fan of Pusser’s.

            Its got a real nice molassesy flavor.

            1. Mount Gay, and only Mount Gay
              Rum hint: if it’s got spice, that spice was run through a chipper and it’s not for you.

    2. For me, that’s the real “turn-off”

      * notes that Anal doesn’t like blonde white girls, NTTAWWT *

  15. Lost in all the criticism is the fact that this video was created to recruit new members. This isn’t some statement about women or anything, the target audience is 18 year old women.

    1. I also think that’s lost in the praise of this video. No it’s not offensive towards women, but it’s also not a celebration of femininity and being a woman. Good lord.

      1. “but it’s also not a celebration of femininity and being a woman”

        What’s missing? (Not making a sexist suggestion, because this could be rather interesting.)

  16. So there is a heaven. *rethinks religious beliefs*

    1. or my personal motto: He worshiped at the altar of womanhood but his prayers were rarely answered.

  17. But according to a new video, it’s a whirlwind of glitter and girl-on-girl piggyback rides at the University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi house.

    God Bless America. That is all.

  18. Maybe the sorority is not trying to be bastion of any ideology. Maybe they are think that what they are showing is what they enjoy. It says something when a group of women enjoying beng feminine is deemed to be completely sabotaging feminist ideology. It feminism that fragile?

    1. It says something when a group of women enjoying beng feminine is deemed to be completely sabotaging feminist ideology. I[s] feminism that fragile?

      Yes.

      They are already irrelevent, and half of them know it, but can’t admit it. The other half are just bitter, angry people who want to hurt others in whatever manner they can.

      1. Inconsistent? Presumably. Irrelevant? Certainly not. Consider political reality, both of the US and the EU. // Individually, even those who aren’t feminists find a convenient repository of ideas there.

    2. It says something when a group of women enjoying beng feminine is deemed to be completely sabotaging feminist ideology.

      It’s almost as if feminism isn’t about the feminine at all.

  19. Bailey sounds a little jealous.

    Also, why does it not seem to matter to the anti-femininity wing of the feminist crowd that these ladies made this video of their own accord? It’s not like Max Hardcore was directing.

    The dour humorlessness of the so-called pro-women movement is astounding sometimes. To combat this, I have pledged monies to finance the production of more of these videos.

    1. I have pledged monies to finance the production of more of these videos.

      You are doing the Lord’s work. Do you by any chance have a newsletter?

    2. Methinks Bailey didn’t get a bid….

  20. I think that the answer is “If you are worried about this video, or Sororities in general, being anti-woman, in a world where ISIS exists, then you desperately need to take a tranquilizer and make an emergency appointment with your therapist.”

  21. There is a very small % of men that demean women. News outlets including this one are destroying this country by giving these PC idiots so much coverage. It is not so much what these small groups say and do as it is the unending coverage the media gives these fools. You people are still bringing back the Zimmerman thing when it should never have made the news in the first place. Here is a fact. If you don’t want to be shot don’t go around putting your hands on other. If you don’t like bikini videos don’t watch them. There are enough REAL problems with people manufacturing more, but all anyone want to report is the 5 minutes sound bite

  22. The video looked harmless to me, but it reminded me that my engineering school was not crawling with hot chicks. No fraternities, but plenty of drunken sex nonetheless.

    Were they supposed to hire black actresses or just photoshop them in? They hired a black guy so they can’t be racist!

    Note to old guys, that’s how girls dress in college. Or pretty much anywhere in the South outside an office cubicle. I guess he wanted them wearing white tshirts as they climbed out of the water.

    1. I guess he wanted them wearing white tshirts as they climbed out of the water.

      Oh, hell yeah. As long as that’s all they had on up top.

  23. “Greek lifeCollege is associated with binge drinking, sexually reckless behavior, smoking,”

    FTFY

    And, smoking? Really? If you have to reach that far to come up with a third thing, that is Clue #1 that your whole rant is weak.

  24. Girls just wanna have fun.

    1. Someone, somewhere may be happy.

      This cannot stand.

  25. Is there a way to get to this magical land? Is there a demonic chant or some contract to sign? I have children that I can provide as sacrifice.

  26. Apparently this is a thing a lot sororities do.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=syH29uAcnnY

  27. Yet another step in the totalitarian project of eliminating civil society.

    Here’s hoping the frats and sororities grow a pair and fight back. I’d love to enter GreekGate alongside GamerGate and Sad Puppies in the rolls of successful counterinsurgencies against the proggies and the Social Attention Whores.

    1. “Fight back”? Why was the video taken down (including, by whom)?

  28. “Greek life is associated with binge drinking, sexually reckless behavior, smoking,” she said. “We have to ask ourselves as taxpayers? do we want to subsidize party life?”

    Do frats get subsidies? My vague recollection of my frat days was that we paid rent to the school, and they did shit for us.

    Yes, more sexual assaults take place at fraternities, but fraternity members also do more volunteer work and are more likely to graduate than non-fraternity members.

    These kind of flat factual statements need some kind of support. I understand you can insert “hyperlinks” into “webpages” that will allow people to be somehow transported to supporting documents.

    1. I’m wondering about those subsidies too… As a sorority advisor for many years, sororities not only do not get money from the government or the school but also have to fight the administration against people like this woman who have unsubstantiated opinions

  29. Which wave of feminism is the stupid one?

    One woman not taken seriously by one man means no women are taken seriously (by anyone, maybe just men), unless they “work diligently” (whatever that’s supposed to be). Blind Equal pay nonsense. Half of everyone’s Cosby, the other half his alleged victims.

    Go create a feminist sorority. Make a captivating equal pay fun, work diligence, rape culture, victim-princess video of selective blindness. See which offer girls choose. If you fail in that competition – as the absence of feminist sororities already bespeaks – your complaints/”arguments” are shown to be rather weak. Of course this the classic approach of stupid-wave feminism: instead of creating and competing, it seeks to destroy and benefit through redistribution.

    P.S.:

    Has the Feminist Union (FU) issued a verdict yet — do all of them have false consciousness?

  30. Video shows young women having fun to a soundtrack of bad music.

    We will be breathlessly following this breaking story until we’re just too embarrassed to continue.

    1. (but bear in mind we’re the media, and it’s really hard to embarrass us)

  31. i kept waiting for the pillow fight to start.

    1. The missing piece…

  32. Offensive? Please! Oh to be a college boy at ‘Bama.

    God bless America, youtube, and happy go lucky Alpha Phis….

    An old Lone Star from Akron U….

  33. You had me at “whirlwind of glitter and girl-on-girl”.

  34. Ya know what makes it hard to take women seriously? A woman (e.g. the bitch criticizing the sorority) who still insists on blaming men for things women, entirely women, chose to do.

    And use of the ‘word’ ‘misogynous.’ Wtf? That’s a professional writer?

  35. While technically what the writer says she finds in the video is true (there was some glitter blowing) what I saw in the video was a group of HAPPY, ACTIVE, IN SHAPE, girls who were participating in sports and having good, healthy relationships with other women. I dunno I’m thinking this video could be used for Michelle Os move program — oh except that there weren’t any girls that looked like Malia and Sasha… Ummm. let’s see maybe we could try the Alpha Kappa Alpha video also a sorority — how come no one calls them out? https://youtu.be/e6iSMsqf_Is here we have women dressed the same, many of them have used straighter on their hair and “forced” to perform a dance in front of the student body. By the way all the women are the same race — why is this sorority not racially diverse? And don’t forget the booty shots.

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