School awards academic credit for ‘feminist’ blogging
The Women’s Center at the University of Idaho is recruiting students on a rolling basis to write “feminist influenced blog articles” in exchange for academic credit.
Under the university’s Blog Contributor Internship, students can earn up to one credit per semester writing for the Women’s Center blog, which describes itself as a collective of students and faculty members who "promote critical discussion on issues of gender and social justice.”
"Victoria’s Secret’s PINK bus should not be allowed on campus because of their lack of inclusion."
“We cannot pretend to be unbiased,” the blog’s mission statement declares, explaining that it publishes articles on how the mainstream media “establishes proscribed gender roles” and “constructs hegemonic norms.”
While the blog has been active since January 2013, students have only been able to earn credit for their work as of this academic year. To date, six students have taken the Women’s Center up on its offer, according to the blog’s contributor page.
Student Chloe Rigg, for instance, wrote the most recent post for the blog, which argued in favor of banning the Victoria’s Secret PINK Tour Bus—which sells athletic and leisure clothes—from vending on campus.
“Victoria’s Secret’s PINK bus should not be allowed on campus because of their lack of inclusion,” she suggested.“From their styles, prices, and advertising, Victoria’s Secret markets for a very specific clientele.”
She went on to question how a “company catering to rich, pretty, white women” helps “further society’s acceptance and support of positive body image.”
Earlier this year, the Women’s Center also recruited one student to become a Body rEvolution Intern, awarding the student with academic credit to facilitate workshops that “overthrow and replace established societal norms about body image.”
However, the majority of the workshops offered by the center are facilitated by staff, including a “Healthy Masculinities” workshop about how masculinity is “linked to violence,” and an “Awkward Allies” workshop on “skills that every ally should have.”
Lysa Salsbury, the director of the Women’s Center, declined to speak to Campus Reform, and the university did not respond to a request for comment.
Credit for the blog is available to students through one of four courses, though none of the instructors responded to inquiries from Campus Reform regarding alternative opportunities that might be available to students.
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