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Skirt day’ can wait

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, March 13, 2008

During my four years at Notre Dame, I have always wanted to write a letter for the Viewpoint section of The Observer. I’ve considered weighing in on whether or not to change the Fight Song (which, for the record, I’m against). I’ve also thought about joining in the oh-so-heated debate regarding the Vagina Monologues. But, until today, no issue has truly motivated me to offer my opinion. Finally, however, I’ve seen something on this campus that has inspired me to write: the premature appearance of shorts and skirts on my female counterparts at this fine University.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy “Skirt Day” (the somehow-official day that all females decide to don their cutest skirts and bare their legs in celebration of spring) as much as the next guy or girl. Shaved legs, sandals, pedicures, freedom from the tyranny of pants and even long-johns – I’m all for it. I love it. However, I’m disturbed by a recent trend by my fellow students to try to actualize this day too soon.

Yes, a sunny day and a high of 45 is enough to tempt any self-respecting female (or male – there’s no discrimination here) into a pair of shorts. But my friends, last time I checked, goose-pimpled legs due to cold temperatures is not attractive.

Let’s fully respect “Skirt Day” and give it our all. Therefore, I encourage all women (and again, men too) to wait a week or so more for the perfect spring day and then, and only then, to display our legs in all their post-spring-break glory.

Corey Collins


McGlinn Hall

March 13