Drunken College Girls Immortalize Their Nights on Facebook


When is it time to say no to the next tequila slammer?

How about this? "You've already had a couple of bottles of Chardonnay over dinner, your make-up is smeared all over your face" (#18).

Or this? "You've become convinced that dancing with your arms overhead, shaking your ass, and yelling WOO HOO is truly the sexiest dance move EVER" (#3).

Does this all sound too familiar?

Well, this is advice from a (tongue-in-cheek) list of "30 reasons girls should call it a night," a very popular Facebook group with almost 180,000 members.

Here viewers can find 5,000 photos of girls in states of drunken debauchery: vomiting, inadvertently flashing their underwear, passed out in a bush, or answering a call of nature — outside.

It appears that drunken antics are no longer a source of acute embarrassment for girls; in fact boasting to the world on social networking sites is a way to gain social standing among one's peers.

However, there are double standards involved when you fall on the wrong side of the gender divide, as group moderator Jasmine Kalimullah, a communications major at SUNY College at Oneonta, explained to ABC News.

"I don't know why it is acceptable for guys to drink and not females," she said. "Possibly because boys have always been expected to be mischievous, so when they drink and act out, they are just boys being boys. Females, on the other hand, are supposed to be dainty and ladylike.

"Is it changing?" she asked. "I really don't know, I hope it is changing. I think it's unfair to have a double standard."

Lady Lushes Becoming More Common?

However, so commonplace are drunken girls that the Oxford English Dictionary found it necessary in 2001 to include the newly coined noun "ladette", which describes a "boisterous, heavy-drinking young woman; a young woman with a lifestyle that is more characteristic of that of some young men, usually involving heavy drinking and boisterous behavior."

Amanda Simpson, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, told the "Stop making fools of yourselves!" discussion group that she has no problem with those drinking to excess, but that she does take issue with advertising one's drunken stupidity.

"I drink, I party, I live it up," Simpson wrote in a post to the group. "I do NOT, however, take photos of myself in drunken, compromising positions and then plaster them on public internet forums where any %*$?!^% off the street may see them, including, but not limited to: Parents, Bosses, Potential employers, grad school or college admissions staff, Internship directors."

Provocative Photos May Mean Professional Suicide

But many photos on the site are accompanied by full names and the colleges they attend, showing a blatant disregard for the fact that potential employers could be viewing their drunken exploits.

A study by the networking firm Viadeo recently found that one in five employers now uses social networking Web sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, to research information on job candidates and to view how they project themselves. Almost two thirds said their recruitment decisions were influenced by the contents of an individual's profile, while a quarter said that they had changed their mind and decided not to hire someone because of what they found online.

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