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Amazon army invading UWO

Re: “Confessions from an Amazon,” Jan. 9, 2004

To the Editor:
Lori, I just wanted to say your article on being tall was FANTASTIC and oh-so-true. Your childhood was parallel to my own. Boys I knew didn’t grow taller than me (I’m also 5’10”, with canoe feet that go from size 9.5 to 11 depending on their mood... it’s kind of a pisser!).

Even now, I see guys as shorter than I am (If a guy is 6’0”, he’s almost too short — I see him as my own height). I love to wear heels, but don’t often get to wear the ones I WANT TO... and you’re right, life definitely started looking up after the jeans companies of the world discovered that, wonder of all wonders, some women DO grow beyond 5’7”. Being a head taller than everyone in Boxfit classes — it’s unnerving to see just your head floating around as you jab, power and kick.

Even though I am not of a large build, I still feel like I am because proportionality seems to be something that has eluded me. For now, I just comfort myself knowing that only I can reach that top shelf, so I control when my roommates get their teapots, tea or extra mugs... or I can play keep-away like a champ. Besides, being the back-row-centre in school pictures DID draw attention to me (not my height) a bit more, and remember, the Amazons were a very sexy tribe of women who got what they wanted, when they wanted.

I just wanted to say thanks for making problems known and for showing me there are allies out there.

Leigh Morton
Health Sciences II

To the Editor:
I have one more annoying comment every tall girl cringes to hear: “Wow, you’re tall.” To which I reply: “Really? I never noticed” (insert sarcasm here).

I beat your 5’10” with a towering six-feet and so I too see the world from a tall woman’s perspective. That is why I was delighted to read the latest tall-girl ‘shout out’ by Lori Mastronardi, encouraging every tall woman to stand tall and be proud. It’s time to get those heels out of the closet and get on the dance floor — because as I see it, tall is ‘in’, and although I may not have any other choice but to think that, it is refreshing to be able to finally accept my height. Never has it felt so good to get sore feet from busting out the heels all night on the dance floor.

Thanks Lori.

Kirstin Bojanowski
Honours MIT III

No insurance equals no fun

Re: “Insurance woes abound,” Jan. 9, 2004

To the Editor:
Liability insurance is destroying university. In the good ol’ days, one could drink, fall down and vomit without worrying about lawyers and lawsuits. I pay good money to attend this institution, not for the education, but for the opportunity to party with some of the hardest drinking, most kick-ass students in the country. Stop ruining my fun.

W.G. Wolf
Philosophy III

Honesty rules

To the Editor:
I’d just like to say a big thanks to the person who turned in a purse they found in the back of a cab on Saturday night. It was my purse, and it was stolen while I was getting ready to leave a bar. I’m so happy I got it back with my ID, car keys, cell phone and camera still inside.

Jessica Arscott

Women need to end chase

To the Editor:
Walking through campus, I overheard a conversation between two women. One girl was telling her friend that her current relationship was on life support, but was unsure if she should pull the plug. While she claimed this was the last straw, something in her voice told me she had a large supply of straws. She probably had at least another good month of claiming it was over.

I’m sure this predicament is familiar for many women. Why are relationships today characterized by a wily attempt on the part of the female to catch a man? Many men at the university level consider relationships to be an affront to their male friendships. These types of men are “all about the boys,” but they are a walking contradiction since their leisure activities with their male counterparts revolve around going to the bar to pick-up chicks.

Throughout my life, my mom has always told me women do not call men. I understand the whole argument that men are traditionally hunters, which is why they are not interested unless there is an element of the chase. The implication of the rescue fantasy is that women are weak and in need of a strong male to save them, which is of course an offensive view, but women continually cast themselves in this role.

Relationships shouldn’t have to be a mousetrap. The notion of a woman hooking a man implies that women are all little Eves hiding in the bushes with an apple just waiting for the right Adam. The dominant ideology of women as temptress has to be eradicated; women were not put on earth to spoil man’s mirth.

So what’s the answer? Simply refuse to engage in the cat-and-mouse game of love. Girls, use your hooks and snares for fishing and realize you yourself are some pretty fine bait. In other words ladies, think outside the trap; more importantly refuse to be an Eve in the waiting.

Julie Meehan
Honors English IV



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