— bell hooks, “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” (via thugzmansion)
Kerry Washington in the December issue of Elle, talking about her character in Django Unchained. (via yoyomar)
STANNING. FOR. HER.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
This post has been really difficult to write, but I’m sick of reading these things and witnessing people being flippant and eye-rolling about it, and not being able to articulate why it makes me so upset and sick to my stomach. So here goes. (For what it’s worth, this is the version that doesn’t even touch on the classism of “dress like a chav” nights, or the racism that goes along with people deciding blackface is okay for fancy dress.)
In the UK, people have recently been paying a lot of attention to the events of freshers’ week at various universities across the country. If you’re not from the UK, here’s a quick run down - freshers’ week is the first week of university before classes start, supposedly a week of events with the aim of introducing you to new people and helping you get settled in. In reality, freshers’ week is a week of events that aim at getting you incredibly drunk. It is (or can be) a lot of fun, but there’s also a lot of pressure in there. If you don’t join in during freshers’ week, you miss the initial formation of friendship groups, you miss the first lot of in jokes, you miss the bonding and funny stories, and really? You are, the general feeling is, a bit boring. Freshers’ in itself isn’t something I have a problem with - I think getting drunk together is a good way of breaking the ice, and I’m always good with an excuse to go out on the cheap and make new friends. And after all, organisers will always say, not everything is focused on drinking. There are quiet movie nights, and… and honestly? I don’t know what else. I took part in freshers’ week all three years I was an undergrad, and I was never made aware of anything but the opportunities with alcohol. Like I said - there’s an incredible amount of pressure to join in and get out of control, and if you don’t, no matter how strong-minded and confident you are, there’s always going to be a sense of having missed out, having people label you boring or uptight. You know this. Other people know this. It’s why the pressure is so effective.
And if that was it, it would just be a sign of the UK’s ever-increasing issues with binge drinking and alcoholism. You have to drink; you have to keep up; you have to have fun, and this is how. But let’s look at some key examples of events during various freshers’ weeks: