Recently, sophomore, Amber Estes, a Public Relations major at the University of Georgia, wrote an article entitled “How to Find That Perfect Husband in College” for the college’s independent student newspaper. Essentially, it is a sorority sister’s guide to finding her perfect fraternity brother counterpart to put a rock on her finger by graduation day.
In her article, Ms. Estes calls a young woman’s time in college “four years to find a husband,” saying:
Every true woman knows how vital it is to find the right brilliant babe to father their children and replenish their bank accounts. A Southern belle is nothing but a pretty face and pearls without a man to eat her cooking and appreciate her cleaning.
She goes on to list six steps to catch the attention of and ultimately get a Tiffany-diamond proposal from that “perfect” college (and more specifically, fraternity) guy, including every tactic from loitering around the university’s law school (because that’s where the money is being bred), to “Instagram everything,” while making sure any friends pictured with you aren’t either prettier than you (so as not to be out-shined) or “uggos” (because who wants to marry a girl with ugly friends?), to impressing his fraternity brothers and his mother.
The aim is to earn the title jokingly called the “MRS degree” within the four years between rush day and graduation day, making the education part of the college experience seem like nothing more than a kind of inconvenience. She refers to those who use her techniques and land that quintessential mix of brains, looks, and status things like “trophy wives” and “future Mrs. Dr. Perfect,” with their hypothetical future children “mini Mr. Perfects.”
Sadly, while it is alarming to think that many young women are using their years in college not to pursue knowledge, but instead, a robust joint bank account and a permanent spot by the country club pool, this mindset is nothing new. The techniques, technologies, and attire involved have simply advanced with the times.
We shared a link to the article on Twitter and Facebook, and many people are wondering if the “How to Find That Perfect Husband in College” article was satirical, but we haven’t yet seen any updates to further clarify the goal of Ms. Estes’ advice column.
A new post was published this morning to clarify the meaning of Estes’ article. She explains that she intended for the original post to be satirical, but to many people, it wasn’t read that way or it wasn’t made clear that what was published was meant to be a joke. I’m personally torn between thinking that Estes may need a quick lesson on how to write satire and thinking that the “it cannot be believed until it is disproved” theory for everything published on the internet is stronger than ever. -Angie
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