I love a good argument.
I have been glued to the pages of the Beacon during the past week, hoping to find the next iteration in a heated debate concerning fashion.
After a staff writer wrote a critique of style conformity that seemingly targeted members of the Greek community, hostility ensued.
When I first read the opinion piece aptly named "Fashion conformity constricts style on college campuses," I'll admit that, as a member of Greek Life, I was incensed.
I mean "Jimmy Cheek on refund day" incensed.
My friends and I spoke vehemently of the column, spitting at the writer's harsh critiques of fraternity/sorority fashion statements.
Who dare infringe upon our right to oversized T-shirts and ironically impractical fishing apparel?
The indignity was not just contained within my small group of friends. Reactions from the Greek community set Twitter and Facebook ablaze, as well as raucous agreement from other collegiate stereotypes.
Tweets ranged anywhere from, "I'm here for an education not a fashion show," to "Oh my Gawd, doesn't she know that no one goes to Rumorz on Thursday? And, like seriously, who's been to RT's this decade?"
Clearly, the column generated quite a discourse throughout social media and even elicited one student's rebuttal, published as a guest column online on Friday.As encouraging as it is to see students unite and question what they read, it is just as discouraging for me to see the articles we all looked past, myself included.
A Thursday column entitled "Silence is deafening on recent NSA, Snowden coverage" illuminated the coincidental timing of the Syrian conflict resolution discussion. Fellow columnist Evan Ford pointed out how easily the general public forgot the NSA's information-snatching KEYSCORE program and raised serious concerns about the nature of our national priorities.
UT collectively yawned as we waited for the next installment of "Fashion Wars: UT Edition."
Wednesday, Melissa Lee focused her weekly column on the space "Beyond yes and no," exposing a beautifully tragic first-person view of a world where culture demands feminine acquiescence to the advances of men.
Her sharp analysis of the motive to avoid awkward, if not life-threatening, situations failed to generate half the buzz as a column that merely wondered aloud if Lilly Pulitzer phone accessories and smelly Jesus sandals choke individual identity.
Despite sharing a distinctly woman-oriented subject matter, the two fared quite differently.
Although many of us guys discussed the fashion column amongst ourselves and our disgruntled female counterparts, I heard few "bros" discussing how it might feel to fear the threat of rape hovering over you in the dingy decadence of a barroom dance floor.
I only read these other, more substantial articles with a nod of approval to a well-written piece and a casual toss into the recycling bin.If we can so easily mobilize under the banner of comfy clothes and pastel accessories, however, we should be rioting at the personal offenses we encounter everyday of our lives.
A faceless federal spying system has potentially logged every phone call you've made since you became a teenager; most of us pointed our day's outrage instead towards someone who dared write in print what we can already see on the way to class.
Yes, girls do wear Norts.
Likewise, we should have been ashamed to read the intimate account of a woman's need to concede to uncomfortable situations in order to preserve herself from a more dangerous one.
In retrospect, the deeper shame lies in the ease with which we glanced over that reality to focus instead on whether pearls are appropriate to wear with yoga pants.
Chase Parker is a junior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. He can be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org.