We've all had them ... those crazy ideas we hope will work out, like moving to another city or changing careers. Those are reasonable decisions. But sometimes, we come up with ideas that are far from reasonable.
Those other crazy ideas, probably shouldn't escape the confines of your diary, like the idea a Smith student had to create an exclusive straight sorority on campus. Feeling "marginalized" for being in the minority, this college student decided to create a safe haven for Smith students who enjoy "boys, cupcakes, and Lily Pulitzer photoshoots."
Her entire text reads:
"Hello, this is [XXX] and I am sending this message to girls I think might be interested in this idea and I would also love to hear your opinion on this. so I have this crazy idea but tell me what you honestly think. I want to start a sorority at smith (Delta Gamma/DG), which would basically just be an exclusive group for straight girls, a little friend group ... We would have sorority mixers with Amherst men, weekly dinner dates, weekly photoshoots where we would dress up nice, baking nights ... We would also get Sorority apparel (even Lily Pulitzer has the cutest DG stuff!) and we'd have traditions, like every wednesday we wear pink haha. I got this idea because personally as a straight girl at Smith, I feel marginalized and I feel like the minority, and I think this could be a really great way to socialize with people we identify more with at smith, and to meet more guys.. The first mixer is already planned, wih the Amherst bball team this Friday (actually their idea!) What do you think?"
As my mom would say, "Sounds like a personal problem." This is a classic case of not understanding what it really means to be a minority, and since it's happened so many other times, we'd figure people would have learned by now. As David Gaider said, "Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it's not a problem to you personally." Because heterosexuals don't have to fight for things like getting married, adopting, visitation rights, or many more things we take advantage of, claiming minority status because you feel slightly displaced on one of America's college campuses is a severe underestimation of what it means to be a minority.
The student sent an e-mail out to students who might seem interested in her super exclusive "little friend group," but the e-mail was naturally not received well. One Smith student even posting the e-mail to her Tumblr account with the note, "yes, because queer smithies don't like photoshoots or dressing up or dinner dates ... or boys." We hope this Smith student, anonymously or not, comes out with a swift apology for her choice to alienate a student population that should be made to feel welcomed, celebrated, and appreciated, not begrudged.