December 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Sadie What-kins?


The semi-formal flyers taped up around school have been distressing some students and confusing others.  Among those confused are a large portion of the male demographic at GSA, and students have been ignorantly asking, “What’s a Sadie Perkins dance, anyway?” and, upon being informed: “I still don’t get the point.”

Well boys, rejoice.  One of your many responsibilities has been shunted to your female peers.  Under no circumstances will you be expected to ask a girl to go to the semi-formal with you, sparing you anxiety, embarrassment, and, inevitably for some, crushing disappointment.  The ladies will have to ask you themselves.

Sadie Hawkins was not, as this reporter hoped, a radical feminist from the fifties who asked her crush to the school dance.  Rather, Sadie is a character from a satirical comic strip, Li’l Abner, predating the modern feminist movement.  The strip ran from 1934 to 1977 and featured simple-minded country men and scantily clad women.  The only way that Sadie, the only unattractive female in the strip, got married was by taking part in a town-wide race in which all the single ladies had to chase all the single men, and literally catch themselves a husband.  Sadie Hawkins Day, within two years of its conception, was celebrated at colleges across the nation, and involved female students chasing boys across campus.  It became a symbol of women’s empowerment.

So, ladies, feel empowered!  Whether you’re following your heart or simply economizing (couples get an admission discount!), it’s up to you.  Asking a boy may seem daunting, but summon the feminist sensibilities that are within you (somewhere) and take initiative.  May the force be with you.

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