Letter: A scale can be a trigger

Recently, Carleton University’s fitness centre removed the scale from their gym. The result has been an overwhelming amount of backlash from the online community. I understand where they are coming from, as a scale is a beneficial tool for many in their workout routine. That being said, I have a problem with how a lot of people have expressed their disagreement. Looking at the comments on the articles from The Charlatan, the Ottawa Citizen and other outlets, you will see the mention of a snowflake generation, hurt feelings and jokes about what a trigger is. What people are failing to realize is triggering someone isn’t the same thing as hurting their feelings. In many cases it can be life-threatening. For […]

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The pursuit of perfection

It’s probably one of the most difficult things to do—to look in the mirror and feeling able to truly love the person looking back at you. With striking models like Kate Upton and Gisele Bündchen gracing every magazine cover, it’s hard not to compare yourself to these flashy stars. The way media projects attractiveness is impacting an obesity epidemic that is sweeping the country. But there are some women who fight back. Movements towards healthy body image are taking to the social media stage, and the once silent voices of marginalized-feeling women are beginning to be heard. From laughing at some of the best Photoshop fails, like the long-armed model on Ellen, to creating campaigns like the Dove Campaign for Real […]

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