By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorOctober 16, 2015
image via independent.co.uk
I’m sure we’ve all heard about the Arizona State sorority women who were taking selfies at the Diamondbacks game a few weeks ago. And, many know that they asked the organization to donate their would be complimentary tickets to an organization called A New Leaf that helps domestic violence survivors get back on their feet. But what’s funny about this whole situation is that while the commentators were giving the girls grief about not paying attention to the game, they were, in fact, not paying attention to the game by spending two whole minutes criticizing the girls.
Now, should the girls have been paying attention to the game? Probably. But who has honestly paid attention to all 9 innings (and more, sometimes, if the game goes extra innings) of a baseball game? Who hasn’t sparked conversations with the group they went with and taken a few pictures along the way? I dare anyone to contest that question. Because chances are, we’ve all done it. We get distracted by our tech that we carry around, and I’m pretty sure, depending on how the game is going, selfies can be better than the current point in the inning.
So why were these commentators focusing so hard on these women? And why is it causing such an uproar?
Because people are finally starting to recognize the stupidity of tearing into young people for wanting to feel good about themselves in photographic form.
There’s a great HuffingtonPost article digging into these commentators and both our fascination as well as disgust with young women. It’s a two sided coin we haven’t gotten rid of yet, and it’s gross. Why are we so fascinated with propping our young women up onto pedestals they can’t get off of and that they didn’t want to be on in the first place? I wish I knew what we could institutionalize in order to stop this revolving door from continuing.
Rant aside, just because you’re taking selfies at a sporting event doesn’t deem a two-minute ostracizing vent fest. Why do we use young women to continually buy our goods while we berate them for wanting to feel good about themselves for a minute? Is it easier to market to someone who’s self worth is destroyed? Or is it just easier to maintain the status quo, instead of promoting each member to its highest state-no?
I think that’s why the whole Arizona State commentary debacle bothers me so much. I’m tired of being in their shoes, feeling like I’m not allowed to take a selfie when I’m having a good time or when I’m feeling myself.
I want to remember the good times and photographs can so often do that for a person.
Plus, it’s a vicious cycle. We need to stop telling our women that they’re not allowed to document themselves in the form of photographs. Plus, taking selfies with your friends is just plain fun!
But my favourite part of this story is the fact that these women could have let the stereotype of not only women, but of sorority women, dictate their reaction, but instead, they continued doing what they do best-being themselves. They turned over a negative reaction to a brilliant cause.
How do you feel about selfies? How did you feel about the commentary? Tell us below!
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.
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