How I Found My Pride After Reading Amber Estes’ Article

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If you have a Facebook account and live in the South, chances are that you’ve read or at least know about an opinion piece written by a University of Georgia student that offends almost everybody who reads it.
Its title? “How to find that perfect husband in college.”

Estes offers sage wisdom on snagging a relationship with a future dynamo such as frequenting the area of campus that holds the law and business schools, taking lots of Instagrams, and dressing “like you’re not trying too hard.”

I, like most of those who read the article, find this advice extremely offensive. And I think we have every right to feel this way. I’d like to think that most of us came to UGA so we could enrich our minds and get a good career. Sure, many of us probably invoke a fair amount of damage to our brains through social alcohol abuse, but most of us are in college for intellectual reasons.

Naturally, Amber’s article has generated a slew of backlash. Occasionally, a comment mocking the offended for taking a “joke” so seriously will surface.

I get that the article was supposed to be satirical. I think most of us do. The problem is that the sarcasm failed, and once you strip Amber’s attempt at humor, all you get is a piece that degrades women our age.
And do you know what that does? It makes UGA look really bad.
UGA doesn’t have the greatest reputation. The students are typecasted as raucous Bulldog fans, belligerent drunks, and members of Greek institutions. In 2010, the Princeton Review crowned us the number one party school in the nation. As a result, thousands flock to Athens each year to include themselves in the wild parties and downtown bar scene they hear about. Trust me, it’s a little overrated.

I’ve seen people who go to other schools use the article as an excuse to mock UGA.

Like with any school, there is so much more to UGA than the Greek community and partying. Some of the most fascinating people I’ve been exposed to are UGA students. I’ve met incredible actors, singers, writers, and artists, brilliant mathemeticians and linguists, and several girls in sororities who stand apart from the “sorostitute” label – one of these girls inspires me incredibly. I might not walk around campus wearing Nike shorts and a sorority t-shirt, but I am going to take The Beach Boys’ advice and stay true to my school.

So why didn’t you, Amber?

 

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7 thoughts on “How I Found My Pride After Reading Amber Estes’ Article

  1. Honestly, you have to be a moron to think that she was serious.
    Good job! You pointed out that it was under Opinions. So you’re saying that someone cannot be sarcastic/satirical when stating their opinions? PLEASE!
    I encourage you to read some of David Thorne’s pieces. Clearly you don’t understand satire and how it works. He is the best example of blatant satire I can come up with at the moment. I’ll even save you the time and effort of googling him, and leave you a few links:
    http://www.27bslash6.com/overdue.html
    (He is seriously going to use that drawing as compensation for an overdue bill!)

    http://www.27bslash6.com/strata.html
    (Because he seriously has ducks and seventeen cats!)

    • Did you not read the sentence that says “I get that the article was supposed to be satirical”?
      Of course I understand satire. I’m a sarcastic little bitch. I’m a writer. I get how it works. I even used satire in the second paragraph. I see you failed to notice.
      And please, don’t say I’m too much of an imbecile to use Google if you can’t even notice my observation that the article was satirical. Of course it was satirical. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck. And it also doesn’t keep UGA from looking bad.

  2. Katharine Hall

    I just don’t really understand how you can condemn Sarra for having an opinion on this piece when all you did was call her a moron based on her own, personal feelings. I mean, you had an opinion on it, right? That’s what these kinds of articles are for! Of course we all know this girl was trying to be silly and cute, but unfortunately many girl do go to college with the underlying–and not so secretive– goal of getting their “MRS degree.” I think the real problem here is that this Amber girl needs to learn a thing or two about satire. I think women feel strongly about this article and about any girl who goes into college with this kind of mindset because it takes two steps back from the strides that some fine women fought to make for us. So, let’s critique opinion articles–with our options, no less– and remember we’re only qualifying ideas, not the intelligence of others.

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