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RE: College Girls Love This Column

Kahlynn Hunt, student

Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:02

The new series of articles published in The Racquet by the anonymously authored "Elite College Girls" has drawn attention to the harmful gender stereotyping that occurs in college. As a young woman who believes in strong feminist morals, I am concerned about what these articles are "saying" to both my male and female peers here at UW-L.

The two articles that I am referencing are titled, "A Bros Guide to Gift Giving" and "How to Survive SBS" which are featured in the That's Life section. I understand the Constitutional principles upholding the freedom of press and freedom of speech in this situation, but I feel a school newspaper must also consider its own sovereign principles. Journalism that wishes to promote a public forum for discussion need not entertain issues that fail to comply with the level of scrutiny the participating demographic demands.

As part of Inclusive Excellence, the Diversity Dialogues are held each year to promote a positive campus climate regarding  all types of students. Celebrating the diversity of its contributors, the world of academia calls upon individuals to stand up and let their voice resonate in the minds of the open-minded. Inclusive Excellence defines itself as UW-L's "active, intentional, and ongoing commitment 
to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." Unfortunately, I must ask if The Racquet can confidently attest that these "columns college girls love" coincide with such a goal.

I am saddened to see The Racquet publicly reinforcing destructive gender stereotypes about young men and women. I hope that the students who read these articles did not act upon the ridiculous things that were said, but react upon the way they were framed as a member of a gender.

In response to the student outcry last week, it was noted that these articles were meant to be satirical and not taken seriously. As much as I enjoy satire, perhaps reading The Onion has elevated my standards dichotomizing what is humorous from what is distasteful. After all, the "Mean Girls" vantage point was jaded after four long years of high school.

Please remember when publishing articles that the goal of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

 

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