Our Sex Issue: more than its cover
From the Far Lane
When you plaster six “scantily
clad” girls on the cover of a campus newspaper, it’s
a safe bet the feminist patrol will come out in full force.
Last Friday’s Sex Issue elicited the typical response
from these types, as evidenced by letters to the Editor published
in today’s Opinions section. The complaints range from
the stereotypical “you’re objectifying women” argument
all the way to inferring that — believe it or not — The
Gazette Sex Issue was promoting rape.
It’s no wonder so many femi-Nazis decry the fact that
the word feminism has been given negative connotations. Such
nonsensical, radical arguments only serve to discredit the
rational people who believe in true equality and choose to
call themselves feminists.
“Studies show that 87 per cent of convicted rapists
admit to regular use of pornography” one letter states.
Following such logic, most students are rapists. Sleep with
one eye open kids.
But lets look at some of the more reasonable complaints about
the Sex Issue.
The Valentine’s edition was labelled degrading, pornography,
corrupt, despicable, the pinnacle of depravity, lewd, jaded,
an abuse of sexuality and indecent (apparently feminists like
Gazette staffers were criticized as sexist, the models were
criticized for helping to stereotype and victimize women, and
the readers who may have actually enjoyed the Sex Issue are
surely considered pathetic voyeurs by uptight, oversensitive,
Guess what? The Sex Issue was produced under the direction
of two of our female editors. The photographs we used were
a split between a series of couple shots (i.e. men and women)
and a collection of shots of the ladies on our cover.
The fact is the girls and guys were happy to pose (for free,
by the way) and contrary to what some of the complainants wrote,
that is empowering.
I don’t mean to suggest women have to shed clothing
to find empowerment — but the right to choose to do something
or not is the definition of being empowered.
We’re not reinforcing a stereotypical image of beauty,
we’re just reflecting it.
No, we didn’t set out to balance the number of heterosexuals,
homosexuals, transgendered, neutered, males, females and unics
in the pictures (contrary to popular belief, we’re not
Equity Services — although we hear they’re very
kinky over there).
Yet we did strive to offer something for everyone. Our Sex
Issue had articles dealing with abstinence, virginity, relationships,
romance, men’s attitudes towards sex, women’s perspective
on sex and more. In essence, we’d argue the Sex Issue
was wrongly judged based on its cover instead of its content.
But man, what a cover!