Today, there was a very poor decision by the University of Puget Sound’s newspaper, The Trail. In the “Hey You” section they printed a “Hey You” that was incredibly misogynistic, misguided, and upsetting. It is one thing for a person to express their opinion – I am okay with that even if I completely disagree with their opinion and as long as they don’t go yelling it. However, it is another thing when a supposedly respected media institution funded by a University agrees to and allows the printing of such opinions. The Trail made a very large error that is unforgivable by essentially acquiescing to the belief that women should be subjugated to the role of sex objects unless they fit into the social framework of “Beauty.”
The Vagina Monologue community at my school has decided to remove copies of their poster online (and I believe around campus/the community), but the inspiration for their wonderful images was from the Pink Floyd poster:
THE EXIGENCE/The Printed “Hey You”:
“HEY YOU,” Vagina Monologues, I think you contradicted your feminist cause with those naked posters. Certain parts of my male body can’t stop objectifying women, but don’t worry it didn’t react to the fatties.
MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
In your explanation on the requirements for sending a letter to the editor you state that you will not print or edit “material that is considered to be offensive, as determined by The Trail style guide.”
So, I’m curious to find out if this “Trail style guide” includes provisions on Sexism?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to share it, but, as a Newspaper and a figurehead to the University of Puget Sound, The Trail retains higher standards for what it decides to print.
In this case, The Trail has once again failed at maintaining its integrity and – for that matter – quality.
Printing a simple “Hey You” that expresses someone’s opinion is okay as long as that opinion is tempered down. However, when an opinion openly states that the writer was “objectifying women” then a flag must go off.
The writer did not stop there. He (as they openly expressed themselves as male) admitted to supporting the myth that only skinny women are beautiful; I’m under the impression that all women (and for that matter, everyone) is beautiful.
By printing this, The Trail has cut off a large amount of its readership by supporting misogynistic belief systems. Every editor has failed at the Trail for this matter, and calling it an “oversight” will not suffice. No apology can forgive The Trail for printing something anti-women, anti-beauty, anti-human.
You have failed, Trail.
My friend Collin and I have started an event on Facebook for a “Hey You” CRITICAL MASS (I tried to link to it, but it didn’t work. So, just search within your events if you wish to show support through Facebook). You can also send a letter to the editor or a “Hey You” at either email@example.com or here.
Please help us send either criticisms or body-positive messages to The Trail to let them know that they have, once again, crossed the line.