Advertising? Or Objectification?

Advertisement for "Van Gogh of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies" with one of Gogh's landscapes as the background
Advertisement for “Van Gogh of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies”

By Chloe Rigg

A picture speaks a thousand words.

 A Van Gogh piece might suggest, “warmth, radiance, summer.” While a piece by Salvador Dali could conjure up, “surreal, strange, unimaginable.” Now, what thousand words are recalled by this:

An advertisement for Skyy Vodka depicting a man standing over a woman on a beach
An advertisement for Skyy Vodka

For one, it takes a couple of looks to even tell what product is being advertised. And second, I think more than a thousand words could go along with this picture. And they aren’t as radiant as a Van Gogh painting.

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Why you shouldn’t Stress about Spring Break

By Makayla Sundquist

Spring break!

The words I love spring break are written in the sand on the beach
Sand writing supporting Spring Break

A time spent traveling to far off locations, working at home, or binge-watching Netflix and eating ice cream all day. I never used to be anxious about spring break, because I always spent it skiing in Sandpoint. The bulky winter clothes were perfectly acceptable. No one could see my face because of my ski googles, so makeup was out of the question. Spring break was the perfect week. I did not have to worry about my appearance.

Well, that is certainly changing this year. This year, I am planning a trip to Honolulu, and I am very excited. However, as soon as I bought my plane ticket, the pressure was on. I need to be “spring break ready.” I was going to have to wear a bikini! What if people saw my stretch marks, or cellulite? What if my tummy was too chubby? My legs were too big? Instantly, all of these thoughts crashed into my mind.

That’s it, I told myself. Eat really healthy and exercise every day. I wanted to look AMAZING on the beach.

But, here is the thing…

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Layers of Silk, Cow’s Blood, and Beauty Standards.

Renaissance artwork depicting seven nude women standing in a row
Renaissance artwork by Hans Baldung titled “The Seven Ages of Women”

By Chloe Rigg 

Pear.

        Apple.

                     Hourglass.

These words seem to have no connection at first glance. But, they are actually different female body shapes. These classifications tie into modern beauty standards and body image. Today’s society wants women to strive to have porcelain skin, be tall, and skinny but with some curve. These body standards exclusive to the diverse multicultural world we live into today. One might think that beauty standards have always looked like the traits previously described. Looking back into history through different cultures will prove this completely wrong. What society defines as beauty is a fluid idea that could change at any moment.

So, what traits portrayed the “ultimate” beauty throughout history?

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Love, Don’t Shame Your Body

A drawing of nine women of various body sizes standing together in their undergarments. Each woman has a letter painted on her stomach, which together it spells "beautiful." Art by Isaiah Stephens
All Body Types Are Beautiful

By Brianna Love

Body positivity is a serious problem among women. It doesn’t matter what size a woman is. It’s almost a guarantee that she is self-conscious about her body. Recently, our culture has turned away from “fat-shaming” and focused on “skinny-shaming.”

Why do we care so much about what other women’s bodies look like?

I think it goes back to the basics of bullying. I will put you down to make myself feel better. We let our own insecurities affect the way we treat others, and it’s time to put that tendency to an end.

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Not So Pretty In PINK

PINK Bus stairs reading, Pink Campus Tour 2016. Your School. Your Pink. #pinkbus. Follow vspink on snapchat and instagram

By Chloe Rigg

Clothing has been an ever-changing part of society–practically changing with every generation. Some styles have been more bizarre then others, “‘Many [a woman] makes two breastbags [bags for the breasts], with them she roams the streets, so that all the young men that look at her, can see her beautiful breasts; But whose breasts are too large, makes tight pouches, so there is no gossip in the city about her big breasts.’” Though it might sound like a medieval rap lyric, this quote is from a 15th century satirical piece about women’s “bras” at the time. Though having vast knowledge on 15th century clothing might be a cool icebreaker, you don’t have to look far back into history to see how lingerie companies have affected women’s body image and self-esteem.

Earlier in the week, another Women’s Center blogger took a deeper look into why the PINK bus on campus was a good thing, and it doesn’t make you a bad feminist to support it. Because every argument has two {or multiple} sides, I will be discussing the negative aspects of the campus PINK bus.

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#PINKBus & Feminism

A side-angle image of a pink tour bus with white polka dots that says
Victoria’s Secret PINK Tour Bus

By  Brianna Love

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Victoria’s Secret PINK Tour Bus stopped by at the University of Idaho campus. The bus brought with it a lot of controversy. Should this be allowed on university campuses?

Well, why shouldn’t it be allowed on campuses? This great marketing strategy for the PINK brand allows students to shop brand new products on their own campus. For students at the University of Idaho, this is a treat because there is no local PINK store.

Does this go against what feminism stands for?

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Has it Gotten Any Better?

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Measuring tape on a womans waist

By Delaney Hopen

In America’s fashion industry,  the “plus-size” identity has always been a prominent component. This “size” range is considered sizes 8 and above, and isn’t carried in every store. From my perspective, I never noticed any sort of shaming or disrespect towards women that don’t weigh 100 pounds in the media, but of course how could I? I was only a young teen in the grocery stores looking at the covers, I couldn’t possibly notice all the praise of major weight losses that are just subtle conditioning set in our societies to convince us losing weight is a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong, adjusting your life in order to be a healthy you is a great thing. Me being an exercise freak, I think it feels amazing to set a body goal and achieve it but I’ve never been told I had to change like a lot of women have in the fashion world. There are all types of trends today in the beauty and health industry that I’m sure the older generations might not legitimately believe are popular because advancements in makeup, skinny teas and dieting techniques, and online weight loss plans have become so accessible.

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