No shame in the walk of shame

By Abigail Keefe
January 31, 2002

So you’ve been caught, eh? It’s around 9 a.m. and you’re walking home after an evening in someone else’s room. You’re carrying most of your clothes, and your hair and possibly your make-up is everywhere. Now some people, at Cabrini College like to refer to this walk as the “WALK OF SHAME.”

So why am I writing a perspective about the “walk of shame,” you ask? Well, after writing a story on hook-ups and the “walk of shame,” I thought it was funny to hear about people’s opinions than actually question the topic of walking home.

I first thought to myself, what exactly is the “walk of shame?” Why do people refer to it as that and why do we tease people about doing it?

Ok, so first thing’s first, in all honesty, why are you walking home if you’re shameful of what you did? Call your roommate for a ride or even Public Safety; they do pick-ups. I’m sure they would love to hear why you needed a ride back to your place. If you think for one second you are going to be embarrassed for staying in someone else’s room that you think is cute, why stay? Walk home before the sun comes up. Trust me when I tell you, people are still partying at that time.even at Cabrini.

So what exactly is the “walk of shame?” Well that’s easy. It’s basically when you stay the night somewhere and you have to face the campus the next day to walk home. You see people you might know, or people who might have seen you leave the previous night with someone else. Some people stare at you funny because they know you aren’t going to class in leather pants and a backpack full of left over beers. Everyone looks at you like “I know what you did last night!”

Now that it is established that we know what this particular walk is, why is it that we tease each other about it?

Well some believe it is because it actually is shameful. You shouldn’t be staying just wherever at night, while others say it’s because everyone knows whom you went home with. We tease each other because we really don’t have anything better to do. It’s all in fun and games and only you know the truth as to what went on that night.

The original idea behind the “walk of shame” was that you hold you head down in shame and walk home quickly. Well, I think times have changed a bit. To our generation it’s no big deal. Those a bit older than us believe we should be shameful of this action.

I believe that we are all growing up. I feel as though your decisions are your own. If you made your bed, lie in it or for that matter, whoever’s you woke up in the next morning, don’t be ashamed. If you are concerned with what people think then don’t do it. If you’re planning a sleepover, change before you go, sweat pants and a hoodie are the outfit of choice here.

I don’t want anybody getting all upset on me now. I am not saying there is anything right or wrong about sleepovers and walking home. I would like to conclude that there is no real “walk of shame,” it’s just a joke. If you’re comfortable with your actions then who is to say you are wrong? Well maybe mom and dad might have something to say about it.

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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