By Taylor Bosley
In January, the magazine company Cosmopolitan, popular among women, released a photo of a model with the caption including the phrase “plus size model.” This outraged many people as they said that she was a healthy woman. This brought up the argument that women’s bodies are constantly being labeled as too big or too small.
Students at Red Lion Senior High are aware of the media’s take on women’s bodies in society. Senior NaToshia Spear noticed this in the Facebook post by Cosmopolitan featuring “plus size” model Robyn Lawley. She thinks labeling women on their body size is inappropriate.
“A model is supposed to be just that: a model. Someone that people can idolize. Therefore labeling a model plus size takes away from it. Weight doesn’t define beauty,” Spear said.
In media and social networking, there has also been media shunning on women that are “too small.”
“Any insult, especially pertaining to a woman’s weight, is wrong,” Spear said on if society views insults to smaller women similar to insults towards someone larger.
Junior Ellen Weaver was also aware of the Cosmopolitan photo of model Lawley and partially blames the label of “plus size” on the complexity of the fashion industry.
“I don’t think her being called a plus sized model is fair, but I think the fashion industry is very complicated as far as weight and modeling,” Weaver said about the photo.
Since Weaver sees the fashion industry as such a large part of society, she thinks that there should be changes in the way they label women.
At the high school level, Weaver thinks that the effects of bullying based off of weight is an issue people should learn about, so that everyone is aware of the effects and so that the bullying may stop.
Many people are not a fan of the way the media labels men and women’s bodies, as they view it as bullying in ways similar to a magazine calling a woman “plus size” or a teenager at school calling someone fat.
By Chanel Boyce
Auditions for this year’s musical Anything Goes were held back in early November and leads were announced later in the month. Since then, the cast has been rehearsing their lines and learning the music and choreography.
The first full cast rehearsal was held on the night of December 16, followed by main cast rehearsals throughout the rest of that week. And with their March performances quickly approaching, the cast will have their January and February schedules full.
It is common to think that the first rehearsal would be the hardest, however that is not always the case. Sophomore Holly Nace, who’s part of the ensemble said that the first rehearsal was “basically a run through to get a feel of what it’s like.”
Billy Jackson, also a sophomore, who plays Whitney in the musical, agreed with Nace saying that the rehearsal was “pretty chill,” and that the cast just “went over the rules and lines.”
The performance days of this year’s musical are March 6, 7, and 8, with ticket sales currently ongoing for $10.
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