Sadie, Sadie… Wait Whose Lady?
With Greer Middle College's first Sadies dance coming up, some questions are arising like: “who was Sadie Hawkins?” and “where did it all begin?” Surprisingly enough, Sadie Hawkins wasn’t created with flesh and bone, but rather with pen and paper.
Al Capp was the author of some of the greatest comics in history. He created the comic "Li’l Abner," where Sadie Hawkins was the main character. The story is set in a rustic town, and Sadie is the daughter of one of the first settlers. She was often recalled as the “homeliest gal in all them hills.” However, she waited 15 years for an acceptable husband and grew very impatient. Her father then called every unmarried man in the town and they had a race to find a bachelor for Sadie. He declared that day Sadies Hawkins Day, and it became annual.
Basically during the race, she had to catch one of the many men and had to haul him across the finish line. By law, the man had to marry her. Capp writes, “Sadie starts a runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin”. Some time passes, and the Sadies Hawkins Dance was created. The dance was the night before the annual race. During the dance, some women would use hobnail boots to injure the mens' feet to weaken them before the race. The dance was something that all could participate in, because there wasn’t a need to rent a tux or a gown.
The comic is completely fictional, but it radiates the idea that girls are able to ask guys to school dances. However, this shouldn’t stop you from going and having a good time. Date or no date, I hope to see you on the dance floor!