Clubbing is a Contact Sport

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Flag of Sweden  , Uppsala Lan,
Thursday, September 1, 2011

During my three years of studying in California I never had much of a chance to go clubbing. The one clubbing experience I had in San Francisco when I was eighteen was not exactly fun, being pressed from every side and fighting off inappropriate guys who feel that they have the right to touch you and your friends, did not prompt me to ever return. Needless to say I had little experience with clubbing when I studied abroad. Here, although the clubs are crowded, you can still have fun while clubbing. However, I believe that I have forgotten just how much of a contact sport clubbing is.

Last week I went to the first club of graduate school. I met up at Stockholm Nation with some friends that are studying with me in my program. I was not a fan of Stockholm Nation when I was here last time, I pretty much still have the same opinion of the nation club, however, their club is by far not the only club where you have to dance in a defensive position. Maybe I was a little too stiff and I do not know how or have forgotten how to flow with the movement of people around me. However, even if I am a foreigner to clubbing I have a right not to be grabbed and moved out of the way, not to be stepped on, not to be pushed and not to be ignored when I make it clear that I really do not like being shoved out of where I was dancing first.

Now most people who were dancing around me may not have noticed that they were being rude, probably because what was happening to me was also happening to them, and maybe they are just more used to it, whereas I am a new comer on the scene of clubbing and I am not able to go with the flow.

The flow of alcohol is also abundant in these clubs. Maybe if I had had some that night I may have been able to deal with those around me. I am by no means saying that you need alcohol to have fun, but it may have dulled the pain when I had skin scraped off of my foot by a girl's heel who did not notice what she had done. Those I was dancing with did not even notice that I was hurt when I yelled in pain because the music was so loud. Yet, the problem of getting even one drink was not worth the hassle. I watched as my friends waited maybe ten or fifteen minutes to be given the honor of telling the bar tender what they wanted to trade their money for. I also watched as two bar tenders decided to ignore my friends even though they had been their longer than those next to them who were being served instead.

The problem may also have been the fact that we were at Stockholm Nation. Stockholm nation is known as the nation where the, "brats," hang out. Basically what a brat is, is a rich snobby kid, (usually from Stockholm,) who more often than not looks as if she/he stepped out of a Ralph Lauren clothing advertisement. These are the kids who are joked about by the other Swedes, (who are not trying to imitate the style,) and they are mocked with a saying that translates to, “Papa Will Pay.” Brats are just those kids that you hated in high school or college whose parents pay for everything. For Brats it is also better if their families are connected or close to the royal family. So imagine rich snobby kids, but make them all look like super models, and you have most of the population of Stockholm Nation. Now, everyone from Stockholm is not like this description, but that is the stereotype.

I may go back to this club, but I think that I will be better prepared. I will wear defensive heels of my own, that are not open toe, and maybe I might make it to the edge of the bar and convince a bar tender to sell me a drink. We shall see if I am deemed worthy to give them my money. I will practice my shoving and pushing skills and maybe next time I may have a better time in a clubbing situation. I had fun last time, but that was at different clubs. Stay tuned.
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Tara on

Katie that is how clubbing is! Guys try to get some action they normally can't in normal light and it is so crowded that "personal space" does not exist! I am sorry about your toes! I always wear converse or flats. Heels are for special occasions now haha

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