Thursday, May 6, 2010

Culture Lesson: Walk of Shame

The Walk of Shame a the term used when a Young Person goes home with a person, for intimate reasons, and has to walk home early the next morning in the previous evening's clothes.

This term is generally reserved for Young People (college students and 20-somethings) and in my experience, reserved almost exclusively for young women (where it is then cast as a judgment of a woman's promiscuity). Most Web sites use male-based pronouns, so this may have been exclusive to my school. (And yet! Here are kits marketed to women.)

Here is Wikipedia on the Unmighty Walk:
The walk of shame refers to a phenomenon in which a person must walk past strangers or peers alone for an embarrassing reason before reaching a place of privacy. Most commonly[citation needed], it occurs the morning after a night out at a bar, dance club, or party. People undertaking the walk of shame are understood to have spent the night at the house, apartment, or dorm of a sexual partner (or perceived sexual partner), particularly a one night stand.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The topic is often of the subject of college newspaper commentary.[7][8]

In general, it's not something you want to see on your kid's Facebook.

Additional Resources:
Walk of Shame, Wikipedia
Walk of Shame, Urban Dictionary
June 15, 2010's Dinosaur Comics