Published: November 20, 2015
Now, I don’t mean to step on any toes, offend anyone personally, attack another student publication or present myself in a negative light, but I cannot, for the life of me, fathom what Her Campus—Scranton is supposed to be.
Her Campus Scranton appears to be some weird, unnecessary hybrid of Tumblr, Buzzfeed, the crappy articles that your mom shares/tags you in on Facebook, spam and the junk mail that your grandma thinks you simply must read.
When I first heard that Her Campus Scranton was coming to Scranton, I was under the assumption that it was a feminist publication, regarding issues and problems faced by women.
I would have applauded that pursuit. But Her Campus Scranton is a mockery, attempting to be cutesy and comical. Some of their articles do in fact serve what Her Campus Scranton could be, but some are so terribly bad and offensive that the publication as a whole is thrown into poor standing.
Simply scrolling through Her Campus Scranton generates groundbreaking headlines such as “Scrantopodea Volume 1,” “Keeping Up with Khloe and Lamar,” “9 stages of Halloween night as a girl,” “Throwing a house party vs. going to one,” and, my personal favorite, “12 things that happen during cuffing season.” Really? This is what gets published? This is the groundbreaking work done by the Her Campus Scranton staff?
Now, I’m fine with posts aimed to be mindless reading, cute cat videos or anything of the sort, but who monitors the material? To call them articles would give them the dignity of legitimacy, that Her Campus—Scranton can publish regarding the social environment here at The University in a biased way is criminal.
One post that specifically begs me to question if The University has a recognized affiliation with Her Campus—Scranton was “A Boy’s POV of a Friday Night.”
The most fundamental criticism I have is that this article is the presentation of generalizations towards “boys” as written by a staff of “girls.” That right there should sound alarms.
How the hell can they factually support any of this blog, without any statistical information or interviews?
I can overlook the seizure-inducing GIFs, or interchanging images and, in retrospect, I am thankful for the room that they take away from the possible space for writing within the article.
Apparently, any male—female socialization automatically labels the males involved “frat bros,” clever allusion especially on a campus without Greek life. The allusion carries a negative connotation, without declaring the female anything at all.
Then comes the line that lowers my opinion of Her Campus Scranton from rag publication to mere trash.
After setting up a scenario of this hypothetical “boy” seeing a cute girl from his class, Her Campus Scranton depicts the “boy’s” actions as follows, prepare yourself for some truly masterfully crafted journalism, “You give” what I read as a group of fellow ‘frat bros’ “all one last bro hi five, and tell them that you won’t see them later (if you’re catching my drift).”
I cannot see any other interpretations of this line, other than the presentation of males in a derogatory light. According to whichever “staff writers” on Her Campus Scranton are responsible for this publication, males are eager for, and only for, sex. I openly challenge the writers to offer their own interpretations.
After having their hypothetical “boy” go outside to pee on the side of the house, they further their degradation of males by having the boy drown his sorrows in “Fratty Light” upon learning that the cute girl from his math class has left the party.
The hypothetical boy then goes to “Badfellas,” again, some true ingenuity, before calling it a night. I wasn’t aware that, as a college-age male, I was supposed to drown my sorrows in alcohol.
I was slightly more concerned than offended when the publication concluded with a disclaimer, stating, “*Disclaimer: This article is not intented to promote drinking or to be offensive.” THEY MISPELLED INTENDED…need I say more?
Her Campus Scranton clearly does not understand that putting a disclaimer at the bottom of the writing does not absolve you of all the offensive ideology presented, nor of the portrayal of The University’s social element as solely revolving around drinking on “Pine” street and having sex.
It is offensive not only to men in general, but specifically to male students and The University’s image. If I were a parent of a prospective student, I would be mortified reading through Her Campus Scranton as a “student publication” about life here on campus.
Reading Her Campus Scranton simply forces me to look over my shoulder to wait on Ashton Kutcher’s appearance, telling me that I’ve been “punked.” There is news, biased news, yellow journalism, tabloid, rag, gossip and then there is Her Campus Scranton.
Her Campus Scranton is bush-league, asinine, offensive, poorly written, pointless and simply embarrassing garbage that needs to be monitored by The University to ensure the integrity of the school’s name.
I am not calling for its eradication, but for it to become something that doesn’t mortify The University. I am calling for Her Campus Scranton to be held to a standard similar to The Aquinas, The Esprit, The Windhover or any other student-publishing organization.
I am calling for it to resemble something to the effect of “The Art of Manliness,” which does not pretend to project any knowledge about what it is like to be the opposite sex, but rather it provides wonderfully written articles for its male readership, articles regarding aspects of male life such as knots to know, grooming techniques and inspirational quotes from notable figures in history.
If you do not want to be criticized by others, simply do not publish your work for the world to see.
Someone needs to hold the staff of Her Campus Scranton accountable for their work, to voice that they cannot simply write anything that they want without rebuttal.
I invite response.
*Disclaimer—This article was not INTENDED to offend any specific member of “Her Campus Scranton.”
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