Bryn Mawr College sends emails to overweight students
Leaving My Carbon Footprint On Your Self-Righteous Asses;
Why I Will No Longer Donate to The Bryn Mawr Alumnae Fund
Taught that the political IS personal at Bryn Mawr ;
Seven Sister bastion of femi-nazi liberal young women,
and a few moderately conservative angry young punks.
Exceedingly bright, dangerously neurotic adolescent academics
whose Foreign Diplomat Mothers, Supreme Court Justice Fathers,
paid for these young daughters of the revolution
to confront their white racism, hold conferences to give voice
to their violated souls/bodies/selves
take back the night wearing a sea of purple t-shirts
crucify Oliver North in poli-sci class, fight Bork’s nomination
bussed en masse to the White House lawn
saw Debi Thomas skate to victory at the Olympics
watched Thirty-Something, hosted innumerable Teas.
Learned that the most intolerant people often preach tolerance loudest
I sing the unapologetic white suicidal minority
… Praise the Administration for raising awareness of racism –
whose, by the way? –
Damn your simple plan
escorted those with mental health issues
beyond Pembroke Arch.
Too disruptive , Dr. Bazelon?
An issue you’re not yet ready to address?
Twenty year later, Virgina Tech haunts.
I lived through Kurt Cobain, Columbine.
The year I transferred to Bryn Mawr
rumors rampant that a Mawrter suicided in Erdman,
You told me my bulimia was “disruptive” to the campus.
Go on telling yourself
that I was the problem.
Shari Elizabeth Berk
May 6, 2008