“Take Her Swimming On The First Date”

“Take Her Swimming On The First Date”

An attack on makeup wearers everywhere.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you have probably seen a popular meme attacking women who wear makeup. The typical format goes something like this: a photo is posted contrasting the same girl with or without makeup, with the caption “This is why you take her swimming on the first date [emoji emoji emoji].” Some viewers will laugh and move on, and others will roll their eyes.

I, for instance, am among the population of meme viewers who will roll their eyes. I'm sick and tired of seeing this meme going around. The entire basis of the “swimming meme” is built on top of is a base of sexism. The meme portrays the belief that an individual wearing makeup is deceiving, and the only reason that they wear makeup is to market themselves sexually.

This is an incredibly stupid and slightly offensive meme. Now allow me to tell you why.

The photos used in the meme are insulting the original poster.

Often times, the photos are posted in pride by a person who is proud of their makeup skills. These photos are not meant to showcase the “ugliness” of the person before they put on their makeup. Instead of celebrating the time and effort it takes to perfect makeup skills, the people behind the memes are attacking the person for being “ugly.” This is a slap in the face to person who originally posted the photos of themselves.

Makeup is not deceptive.

The purpose of makeup is not to deceive anyone; it’s meant to highlight features one likes about themselves. As if anyone is born with gold glitter permanently attached to their eyelids, or dark red lips. Calling makeup deceptive is simply not realistic. The people making these memes have known that makeup has existed for their entire lives. It's time to cut the crap.

Makeup is not "false advertisement."

Makeup is not false advertisement, because people who wear makeup are not advertising themselves. Suggesting that the only reason people choose to wear makeup is to advertise themselves is absurd. Under that logic, anyone in a relationship would stop buying and wearing makeup. Perhaps instead of assuming that people wear makeup to impress others, consider the fact that people wear makeup to make themselves feel good.

The meme is inherently sexist.

Although the fact remains that not only women wear makeup, makeup is a historically feminine thing. Along with other "false advertisement" claims, such as shape-wear and push up bras, the meme stands as an attack on femininity. If women don't wear makeup, they're ugly, but if they do they're deceptive. It's a lose-lose for women no matter how they choose to present themselves.

It's time for this meme to die.

People choose to wear makeup for many reasons, but impressing people who make these memes is not one of them. Maybe instead of finding new reasons to attack people, we should celebrate our differences and appreciate the art that is makeup.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

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6. Condom case

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10 Practical Gifts For The College Student In Your Life

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Hint, hint to all parents of family friends who don't know what to get their loved one who is a college student this holiday season here are 10 practical gifts that any college student needs. These are gifts that your loved one will actually appreciate and use rather than just smile, thank you and then toss it aside.

1. Apple EarPods 

These wireless EarPods are easy to use and perfect for the gym, for studying and just for listening to music. They are small, don't fall out and fit really nicely into your ears. They can easily be paired with any device that has blue tooth abilities. The feature I love the most about the headphones is that you can give one to a friend and listen to music together!

2. Money 

A classic but always a good gift. While some may think of this gift to be too impersonal it goes a long way and if you are unsure what to get someone always go with money instead of a random gift. Trust me as a college student myself we can always use more money over socks.

3. The Hangover Cookbook 

Help your loved one make it through all those rough Sunday morning hangovers. We've all been there.

4. Speaker 

An underrated but super useful gift. Whether it be for the shower, a dance party with roommates or a pregame, speakers are a great gift to give any college student you may know.

5. Nespresso machine 

As someone who is currently trying to make it through college coffee is a must. Get your loved one this Nespresso machine for their dorm room so they can have coffee for those late night grind sessions when everything is closed, even Kimmel.

6. Makeup and Beauty Subscription Box 

As any girl in college knows, makeup is expensive. There are a lot of different makeup subscription services which charge a monthly fee and then each month send you a box with different products based off of your feedback usually gathered through a preliminary quiz.

Some examples of these boxes are Boxycharm, Play! by Sephora, Yuzen Birchbox etc. In the long run, these boxes can help save you money on beauty products and what college student doesn't need to save more money.

7. Nice Winter Coat 

As someone who goes to one of the snowiest schools in New York, a nice winter coat can go a long way. This is the perfect gift since winter is upon us and its time to start bundling up. So help us college students stay warm!

8. Room Decor 

Help your loved one or friend make their dorm room as cozy as possible with some cool room decor. Personally, I love the light up signs but posters, framed photos or even succulents are a great way to spice up a dorm room.

9. Swell water bottle 

Especially as winter is approaching hydration is key. Swell water bottles keep your water cold and your hot drinks hot. You can even get their initials engraved on it so if they lose it they have a way of identifying that it's theirs. As someone who constantly loses things in college, this is a great feature.

10. Smart Watch 

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