As summer is underway, so are the cries for âhot girls summerâ. The term, popularized in early summer from 2019, comes from rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who calls herself “Hot Girl Meg” and her fans, “hotties. The rapper often opens her songs with ‘real hot girl shit’, and she released a track called ‘Hot Girl Summer’ at the end of the season in 2019. With the seasonal slogan returning for the third year in a row, hot l ‘Girls Summer has established itself as a facet of Gen Z popular culture. As a student of religion and a member of the main target group for the mantra, I realized that the message is particularly different from the one that has been promoted for centuries in the United States: purity. The hot summer of the girls is the antithesis of the evangelical purity culture. For my part, I am extremely happy that the limits of purity have been released, as I am ready to be in a new state of mind.
The cultivation of evangelical purity is largely based on the notions and virtue of, well, purity. The main idea is that purity comes from her virginity, virginity must therefore be protected. The culture of purity is maintained by the social shame of promiscuity. This is manifested in particular by the fact that women are encouraged to dress modestly and conservatively, so as not to encourage men to want to break the rules. God’s will. For both men and women, the idea that contamination of sexual relations is irreversible is spreading. This creates a situation in the group and outside the group where only the “pure” people are present and the other “unclean” are not. With these unjust exclusionary practices, the social situations of women are constantly threatened. Stepping out of the âcleanâ category and being seen as âuncleanâ could instantly have a negative impact on one’s life. Worse yet, there is no turning back from being seen by others as “unclean”. The idea of ââthe hot girl summer trend rightly gives women the freedom to break away from those boundaries and expectations, allowing the unfair shame that comes with impurity to be almost non-existent.
Hot Girls Summer reflects a whole different and more positive mindset. Despite all the shame of promiscuity in the culture of purity, the hot girl summer encourages it. This mantra gives women the freedom to be promiscuous, something that has never been really encouraged in popular society before. Standard defined the expression like “women – and men – having fun, making noise with their friends, doing and not giving a damn what nobody has to say about it”. While hot girl’s summer doesn’t necessarily promote promiscuity, the message is to not care if other people have negative opinions about your actions. This shift in mindset from the culture of purity has amazing implications for women. Women are often humiliated for the same things that men are praised for, such as making a lot of money, having sex, having an attitude, and exuding confidence. The different standards for men and women in matters of purity are sexist, and this sentence attempts to level the social playing field when it comes to promiscuity.
Plus, while the culture of purity values ââchastity, the hot girl summer is all about trust. “Being a hot girl is shameless being YOU,The stallion said. The state of mind allows anyone to embrace its warmth. You don’t have to be conventionally attractive, you just have to love. yourself. With the phrase being so popular, it’s hard not to see hot girls summer motivating others and feeling the motivation for yourself. That’s the beautiful power of the phrase – the empowering message that is attached to hot girls summer is contagious.
The implications of the sentence could have positive effects on our campuses. Think about the student body at Northeastern University. There was a total of 10,960 undergraduate students registered for fall 2020 who declared their gender. If we all used the confident hot summer girls mindset, there would be an empowerment overflow. More women could speak out with confidence, a change that could help reduce gender discrimination. With the most popular colleges At the undergraduate level being the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Science, these areas could benefit from our students feeling empowered and speaking out for themselves.
Even though the hot girl’s summer trend is short-lived, the popularity of the phrase proves that it’s possible for a new mindset to rival the values ââof the evangelical purity culture – a shift that could mean more social freedom for everyone. Everyone could feel more confident, empowered and free to define themselves without caring about others. People who recognize their full value could lead to new ideas, new developments and maybe even movements. People are eager for a new mindset to take hold and begin to redefine American values. Those who disagree with the culture of purity should try to do what they can to come out of its ubiquity and start defining themselves with the hot, positive new girls’ summer.
Erin Vetter is in her second year of combined studies in Sociology and Communication, with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She can be reached at [emailÂ protected]