Latest MU Journal full of WIN

Marissa Evangs briefly profiles Pres. James McCabe, who first admitted women to MU.  

Alexander Engler writes about gender equity, interviewing (among others) Empowerment co-chair Desiree Valentine offers the most conscise and public articulation of our group’s goals: 

According to Valentine, the group looks to move past formal equality, or equality under the law, which she believes the feminist movement has already achieved. Instead, she said Empowerment aims to remove de facto discrimination, or discrimination by practice.

Rosemary Lane  debunks of the Disney myth:

Disney’s early princesses pave the way for passive princesses. They wait for the prince, look pretty, sleep, talk with animals and sing. Only a man’s kiss literally brings them back to life. Snow White was the “one who started it all.” Disney’s first princess, spawned in 1937, was modeled after the pin-up girls and silent movie actresses of the ’30s, wrote Elizabeth Bell in “From Mouse to Mermaid.” She was “the fairest of them all,” reinforced by her name, Snow White: fair-skinned, blue-eyed, slender, docile and happy to sweep the floor of the seven dwarf’s cottage, as blue jays and deer tapped on the window. Walt Disney described her as “a kind, simple little girl who believed in wishing and waiting for her prince charming to come along.”

Ashley Dobner, a junior in the College of Business Administration, said when she was 7 years old, she asked her mom why Snow White couldn’t get up on her own. “I always wondered why she needed someone to kiss her to wake up,” Dobner said. “If it’s that simple, why not get up?”

There are also articles about cosmetic surgery among the young , idealization of the feminine body and idealization of the masculine body. On newsstands now. Check it.

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4 Responses

  1. except that all the pictures of women are still headless. wtf? no win there.

  2. Also, I felt a little misquoted, but that’s to be expected I guess.

  3. Dashaway: Sorry to use bad pictures, and so sorry to repeat a misquote. Care to rectify it here? Or will you be writing in to the “Journal”? (I’d advise you do the latter. If you feel misrepresnted, that is something serious you ought to take up with the writer.)
    Not to downplay your misquoting; but I think they still deserve some credit for writing on the topics they did even if the execution was sometimes sloppy. Hence the exaggerated exuberence of the headline. I didn’t want to say it, but at MU, expanding these conversations outside the progressivist cliques is something I think ought to be encouraged.
    Also, I think the headlessness of the Barbies was meant to create a disquieting association with traditional ideals of beauty (though the same explanation probably doesn’t apply to the illustrations for the McEwan story).

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