Monday, March 10, 2008

The Hot Friend

I went home last weekend. Just a short break from the doldrums of college life. Before my mom took be back to school, we stopped at a Dollar General Store for some snacks for my dorm room. We were about to check out when I spotted this shirt in the corner of the store. Sometimes I'm really glad I always carry my camera with me.


Asserting that one is "the hot friend" comes with some connotations. Being "hot" in America means, more than anything else, being sexually available. When being "hot" (or white, thin, and sexually available) is the ultimate goal for American females (you don't see many t-shirts that say "I'm The Smart Friend"), it's no wonder that so many of us feel inadequate, despite our accomplishments.

Thanks, Dollar General Store, for reminding American females that the content of their character and the depth of their knowledge don't mean anything if they're not "hot."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

one of my 4th grade students wore that shirt today, she's 9. I wanted to shake her mom and say WAKE UP...most 9 year olds don't buy their own clothes!!!!!

deb said...

yes it was me!!!!

Colt said...

Or you could look at the shirt and laugh at it. And when you feel inadequate it might be because Bill Gates has a Mcdonalds in his house and is worth more money than you will ever make in your life.

Amelia said...

Wow, Colt. That was really informative. Anything else to add?

Amelia said...

Hope you noted the heavy sarcasm.

Kate said...

Thank you to the anonymous commentor; we discussed the sexualization of young people on our radio show a few weeks ago. At nine, the girl who wore this shirt is learning that beauty is more important than intelligence, and that being "hot" is attention-getting.
This kind of this sucks.

Great post, Amelia.

Geoff said...

I wish I could be the Hot friend. Wait... I am.

Anonymous said...

Oh Geoff, you are definitely my hot friend.