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No laughing matter

Letter to the Editor | Monday, September 21, 2009

Dear “Toolman,”

Thank you for providing your comedic enthusiasm to the Notre Dame community via our Observer comic strip. Yes, I realize the point of a comic strip is to make fun of groups of people.

However there is one thing that is socially unacceptable to mock: women and their weight. If you haven’t seen the Snite Museum already, there are images full of women who struggle with their body image because media, society, and peers have convinced them that they need to look a “certain way.” Unfortunately, these women have taken their body images to an extreme. But women with eating disorders are not the only ones who struggle with their appearance; women on this campus and worldwide also have issues with their weight. A size 0 is not attainable for every shape and frame. Nor can you expect every woman to have the body of a Victoria’s Secret model. You may have been “joking” but your senseless comments affect many of us. Please watch what you ridicule.

Erica Severson


Lewis Hall

Sept. 21