University of Alabama Alpha Phi Recruitment Video Declared All Sexist ‘n Stuff

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The recruitment video for the Alpha Phi’s at the University of Alabama was celebrated by COED just last week–and for good reason, since the Youtube presentation features a bevy of hot gals who got us ready to recreate the 2002 classic comedy Sorority Boys.

But little did we know that the ladies of Alpha Phi were really evil agents of the status quo. Fortunately, a guest writer at Al.com (part of the Alabama Media Group of occasionally-daily newspapers) has composed an outraged column that tells us exactly what’s wrong with these girls and their video. As explained by A.L. Bailey, who uses initials because it’s sexist to assume anyone’s a man or a woman…

It’s a parade of white girls and blonde hair dye, coordinated clothing, bikinis and daisy dukes, glitter and kisses, bouncing bodies, euphoric hand-holding and hugging, gratuitous booty shots, and matching aviator sunglasses. It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so … unempowering.

Too bad that Bailey didn’t empower herself or himself past the most tired cliches of the ’80s. Things get even more prudish and preachy from there…

The Alpha Phi house, grandiose and imposing, claims to sleep 72 young women. That’s 72 women who surely must be worth more than their appearances and who can ask themselves if the messages they’re sending are the best and most accurate depictions of who they are.

That’s 72 women who will potentially launch careers on the merit of their education and work among men who were once the frat brothers watching their video.

And that’s 72 women who will want to be taken seriously rather than be called bimbos by those male coworkers.

That’s 72 women who could be a united front for empowerment, not poster children for detrimental stereotypes and clichés.

Also, the sorority isn’t diverse enough–as Bailey declares from his or her lily-white suburb of Hoover, Alabama. We’ll probably learn A.L. Bailey’s real sex once he or she gets a chance to get in front of some cameras. For now, he or she is just laughable and asinine in the shrillness of his or her opinions. Hey, let’s go back to that Alpha Phi video…

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