The athletic departments at CSU and CU have now both been
accused of hiring strippers to encourage recruits to join their
The question on everyone’s minds is a rather mundane and
irrelevant one: Did it really happen? Aside from settling legal
disputes, fueling gossip and helping me decide if I should go to
the next recruitment party, it doesn’t change a whole lot either
This controversy, unlike most, raises some important issues –
none of which are being discussed.
People should be talking about why having strippers at a
recruitment party would help to persuade a college guy to join a
sports team. It’s not like they think that they’re going to get lap
dances between plays, right? I don’t understand it.
Actually, I don’t even understand why they like strippers to
begin with. My best guess is that getting lap dances is just
another way for guys with low self-esteem to feel accepted. Just
like how doing drugs because everyone else does them, calling
things gay and having sex with girls they don’t know is a
subconscious and feeble effort to find the approval that they never
got from their moms.
People will do anything for sexual attention, and if they don’t
think there’s any other way to get it, they’ll pay for it.
Saying that CSU is part of a “stripping culture,” as someone
said on the front page a few days ago, doesn’t mean that you can
ignore the ramifications of participating in such activities.
Paying someone to dance on your lap is like paying someone to go to
a movie with you. It’s weird. That sort of affection should be
earned, not bought. Trust me, nothing will boost your ego more than
having a girlfriend who’s not afraid to give you a little Shake ‘N’
I wonder how all this nonsense started in the first place. What
kind of a psycho-loser caveman responded to rejection by a
cavewoman with, “we make baby … me give you pretty rock …” And
now, 2 billion (or something) years later, we have the media
getting people all over the world to pay prettier people to take
their clothes off. But I don’t want to demonize the media. They’re
trying to make money, just like everybody else. I blame the
individual consumer, because if people stopped being interested in
watching MTV’s grotesque portrayals of sex, they’d stop showing
them to us.
When I say, “grotesque portrayals of sex,” I’m talking about the
girls hanging off of everybody’s arms with the booty shorts on, not
the gay people kissing. Although I hear that some people have been
taking offense at that. And some other people have been taking
offense at the original people taking offense.
What I am saying is that sex is a huge part of life, and it’s on
the minds of college students just about all the time. It’s
disheartening and depressing to see that it isn’t an act of
pleasure and companionship for everyone, as it is for me.
Max is a freshman majoring in technical journalism. He can be
reached at Max.Karson@ColoState.EDU