What a shame, indeed

She is being praised as an entrepreneur. Her “business” idea is being compared to the young men behind the Facebook phenomenon, who got their billion dollar enterprise off the ground during their college years. Even this student’s parents are lending their support for their daughter’s new venture. She’s become the “it girl” of sorts at University of Michigan, as she is seen as helping sorority sisters in need.  

The name of Kellyann Wargo’s new cab service, however, says an awful lot about today’s “hookup” culture and how young women are being encouraged to engage in risky and immoral behavior. The Walk of Shame Shuttle, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, offers “a post-hookup ride home or to the dorm for students who wake up somewhere else after a night of debauchery.”  

But wait, there is more. Not only is the Walk of Shame Shuttle service at $5 per ride cheaper than a regular cab, Wargo proudly explains she also offers the girls a high five, a bottle of water, and — are you ready for this? — a coupon for Plan B! Plan B is an abortifacient, more commonly referred to as an “emergency contraceptive,” that comes with a set of medical and moral issues, despite its approval by the Food and Drug Administration. 

Well isn’t this wonderful? Isn’t this just the latest and greatest helpful aid for today’s young “sexually liberated” women? Why don’t we nominate this gal for the student of the year award and see if her new company could get recognition from the local chamber of commerce?  

Pardon my sarcasm, but there are so many issues with this new “service” I don’t know where to begin. Let’s start with the fact that it’s pretty clear from the comments made in a number of different venues that Wargo believes she is really helping her fellow man, or in this case, woman. Maybe it’s because she is receiving support from friends and family. This could also be the result of an obvious acceptance at the college level of hookups. It’s bad enough that sexually transmitted diseases continue to be at epidemic levels, and now we have yet one more example of the culture heaping praise on the promotion of promiscuity. 

I wish Wargo and the students she claims she is trying to help could have heard the testimony of Dr. Miriam Grossman, who spoke recently before the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. According to the Catholic News Agency, Grossman urged the United Nations to stop supporting a culture where “sexual license is celebrated.” She explained there should be great concern for such an attitude, particularly where women are concerned, because a woman’s biology leaves them “highly vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases.” 

Whether it’s local media outlets in Michigan or major dailies that have picked up the story, about the only negatives or questions that have been raised concerning the Walk of Shame Shuttle have to do with whether, thanks to higher prices at the pump, the business will actually be profitable in the long term.  

Maybe it’s time for another student to try a different approach. 

Maybe he or she could offer a healthy alternative to replace the activity that adds to the hookup mentality so widely accepted. 

With this in mind, a name change for the shuttle service might be in order. It’s not exactly a case of embarrassment with customers hiding their faces. Instead they are given a “high five” for their behavior. Indeed, it’s a sad day when there is absolutely no shame attached to something called the Walk of Shame Shuttle. 

Teresa Tomeo is the host of “Catholic Connection,” produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and Sirius Channel 130.