Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dabble or Babble?

Recently, Megan Fox revealed to Rolling Stone in an interview that she used to cut herself. She didn’t want to talk about it because she doesn’t consider herself a cutter. That’s fine, I’m not judging or labeling.My (and many other feminists’) issue is when she shrugged it off by saying, “Girls go through different phases when they’re growing up, when they’re miserable and do different things, whether it’s an eating disorder or they dabble in cutting."
Not all girls (and not only girls!) go through said miserable “phases.”To call it a phase is normalizing the issue. She is making it seem as though cutting or eating disorders are something people grow out of. It’s not like puberty. These are serious issues not to be taken lightly. To generalize it and make it seem as though it’s a normal part of life and everyone goes through something like that is not ok. She defends her position by stating,"If I did talk about it, I’d be taking on a role-model status, and I’d have to choose my words very carefully, and I’d have to make sure I reveal it in a specific way, and I don’t want to do it," she said.
Umm…you are already of role-model status. You should have chosen your words carefully in the answers/comments that you just made.
Maybe Megan Fox needs help coping with this problem (regardless if it was just a “phase” she grew out of), because clearly she does not recognize it as a problem. I would recommend she, and anyone else struggling with cutting, look into “To Write Love on Her Arms”
The Women’s Center also offers Body Image Discussion Groups, and hosts Eating Disorder Awareness Week in the Spring.

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