HuffPost Deleted That Shameful “Ladies Of The SEC” Piece, But We Saved It So You Can Read It

The internet was aflame last night with many people upset over a piece in the Huffington Post from contributor Rebecca Walden.

Walden penned a piece titled, “Young ladies of the SEC, cover it up!” and boy was it just awful.

Now, it turns out that the Huffington Post wants this all to go away and so they deleted it.

Not a good look HuffPost and not very journalistically sound either.

But have no fear, below you can read the piece as it look on the HuffPost website before it was deleted:

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-29-20-am screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-29-28-am screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-29-56-amHere is a plain text version: (HT/ SaturdayDownSouth)

Dear young ladies of the SEC, can you do us all a solid and start covering it up?

Standing amongst many of you at the recent Alabama-USC game in AT&T Stadium, I was bewildered.

An Alabama student myself not 20 years ago, I remember what fun it was to dress up for football games. My friends and I would scour the racks of Banana Republic and other favorite stores for anything and everything crimson. We’d swap favorite pieces, share accessories and pull together our “best look” week after week, not only for those cute fraternity boys, but also to cheer on the mighty Tide.

What we didn’t want, and what we never did, was to show up for a college football game looking like we belonged in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

More than once at that last ballgame, I wished I could have wrapped my elephant scarf around one of you, teetering around on stilettos with your bra straps exposed and operating under the misguided notion that you looked irresistible.

I wondered if your mother knew what you were wearing.

I wanted to tell you that if you’re doing this for a boy, he’s not the one for you.

I wished you understood that a trend can be interpreted as fun and flirty without being tasteless.

Most of all, I hoped you would soon wake up to embrace the ethos shared by higher learning institutions everywhere – class.

That lucky shaker tucked into the back of your on trend boot?

The team logo you’re sporting on your cheek?

The Greek letters sticker on your shirt declaring the sorority to which you belong and your loyalty to your team?

All rendered classless by those ill covered curves you’ve made sure are on full display.

In talking with friends from all over the Southeast after college football’s opening weekend, it was immediately clear that this trend was hardly limited to the students I saw that Saturday.

Not that that made me feel any better.

Families attend these games. Little eyes are watching you.

On behalf of them, and the rest of us who feel embarrassed for you as you walk by, stop baring almost all in the name of game day fashion.

To be clear, I admire individuality and personal style. Team spirit is a precious tradition, and the vastly wide interpretation of any given school’s football culture is part of what makes Saturdays down south so darn fun (not to mention the stuff of people watching legend).

So by all means, be creative. Don your most debonair collegiate colors ensemble. Heck, try to sneak in a flask or two (this is college, after all).

Be young and fun and carefree.

But please, leave the club clothes at home.

Do you have an opinion about this piece and want it published in RISE NEWS? Send it to us at [email protected].

Here is a comment sent in to us by Katherine Y. Carothers, a student at Auburn University:

“You know it’s funny because on my college campus (which by the way I’m here all the time — not just on the game days you come to visit), the man jogging down the street with his shirt off is never seen as tasteless, the frat boys dressed in their embarrassing and frankly tacky pledge gear are considered funny and “builds character,” so besides this post being extremely right winged and strongly sexist — I see where your coming from, but not from the same perspective.

People dress how they feel about themselves and also as they were raised. So instead of addressing “these girls” attire as classless and repulsive, let’s remind ourselves of where it all started.

Shame on the ADULT who never told them they didn’t have to advertise their body to get attention, shame on the ADULT for never teaching their children, both girls and boys, that their clothing is not just what they wear but how they carry themselves, shame on the ADULT who never taught their son or daughter how to look sexy, confident, and cool without exposing every inch of their body.

So instead of body shaming and berating my peers, these young women, someone else’s daughter….hug your “little ones” a little tighter and remind them of their worth…because someone obviously forgot to tell the young woman you’re condemning.”

Not everyone disagrees with the Huffington Post piece. 

Here is a comment sent in to us by Luisa Kay Reyes, a student at the University of Alabama.

“My Mother and I were walking around the quad during the tailgating at the last home game versus Western Kentucky and we were pretty shocked.

We’ve been going to the quad for years, so we’re used to the summer dresses worn by the sorority girls. But, now, it seems like the trend is these really, really, really, low cleavages with very short shorts and wedge heels.

We saw so many girls holding the wedge heels in their hands and going barefoot about half-time, as it is really too much for them to handle. And the low cleavages prompted my Mother to say that they looked like a Mexican man, with their shirts unbuttoned down to the navel.

Admittedly, all of the girls we saw were incredibly thin and looked like they could all be walking down the runways of New York or Milan.

But, it came across as “advertising” rather than enjoying the camaraderie of Alabama football.”

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