Okay, admitting it is the first step to recovery. My name is Beth and I am a nerdy girl.
My favorite way to unwind is with a really good book and a good wine. I like going out but have a better time at home. I read biographies on amazing women who blazed the trails for me to do what I do. An ideal evening of entertainment is a good lecture where I can see someone I admire while learning something at the same time. These pasttimes have value to me.
So as a self-proclaimed nerdy girl, you can just imagine my utter disdain when I learned today how Rutgers University actually paid "Jersey Shore"
Ms. Morrison has been quoted as saying, "Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it." Snooki, who can barely articulate, was quoted as saying, "Study hard...but party harder." Is this what we as a society value?
Where does this leave a nerdy girl like me? Short-underdeveloped-over-analyzing-pull-it-apart-until-it-bleeds-don't-stop-asking-questions-until-you-understand-it nerdy girls like me? Have we not grown as a society to value the minds of women more than the cleavage bursting forth from a leather bustier obviously three sizes too small? I'm doomed....
I hope younger women know about Colette. I hope they know what Simone DeBeauvoir did for The Second Sex and Betty Friedan did for The Feminine Mystique. Aphra Behn blazed a satirical trail for women and Coco freed us from the corsets. Jackie Kennedy Onassis taught us class as a wife and mother as Maureen Dowd and Ann Coulter teach us how to have a voice in our world. To me, Maya Angelou is the epitome of how to walk this journey living the Law of Love.
Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope. One Rutgers student is quoted in the article as stating, "Such a waste of my money. If I want to listen to someone talk, they should have something intelligent to say."
Nerdy Girl: 1
Fake-Baked Booty Queen: 0