27 2 / 2013

Local Woman Empowered By HerCampus Article Maggie Prote, Staff Writer Emerson College Junior Annie Sammons was surfing the web in preparation for her midterm examinations when she found herself on Emerson’s chapter of the HerCampus.com website. HerCampus was started in 2009 by three Harvard University women who wanted to create an online publication by college women, for college women. Although recently coming under fire for asking Wellesley (an all-female college) to disregard their own transgender population and nominate men from other schools for a nationwide “Mr. Campus Freshman” competition to find the “coolest, sexiest, and funniest freshmen in America,” the website is wildly popular.  Annie started her HerCampus exploration by reading articles with titles like “Three Mistakes Women Make In The Bedroom”, “7 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make Him Fall For You”, and “What Does Your Alex and Ani Bracelet Say About You?” She wasn’t expecting to find solace and empowerment in the site’s articles, but she reports feeling tears welling up in her eyes.  “I had been feeling a lot of cognitive dissonance lately as a woman with career aspirations and budding confidence in my body and sexuality,” said Sammons, “but as I continued to read, I slowly realized that my systematically inherent belief in my personal worth as only an object of pleasure is the real truth. The more that HerCampus told me to watch what I say to men, ignore my own power in the bedroom, and feel really bad about the natural state of my body, the more I could relate.” Sammons declined the remainder of the interview, stating that she had to go engage in “8 Ways To Look Great For Swimsuit Season!” The empowerment craze is spreading through campus. Citing that the site’s strict adherence to gender binary is inspiring them to follow in the footsteps of the creators of the site and list under their “passions” things along the lines of “getting fro-yo, trying new colors of nail polish, working out, reading chick-lit, and bargain shopping,” girls all over Emerson are standing up for the things that truly matter.  There are repercussions, however. At least one report has arisen that an article instructing women to “play with your hair when talking to him” may have been followed a bit too stringently, leading to at least one incidence of self-scalping.

Local Woman Empowered By HerCampus Article

Maggie Prote, Staff Writer

Emerson College Junior Annie Sammons was surfing the web in preparation for her midterm examinations when she found herself on Emerson’s chapter of the HerCampus.com website.

HerCampus was started in 2009 by three Harvard University women who wanted to create an online publication by college women, for college women. Although recently coming under fire for asking Wellesley (an all-female college) to disregard their own transgender population and nominate men from other schools for a nationwide “Mr. Campus Freshman” competition to find the “coolest, sexiest, and funniest freshmen in America,” the website is wildly popular.

Annie started her HerCampus exploration by reading articles with titles like “Three Mistakes Women Make In The Bedroom”, “7 Scientifically Proven Ways To Make Him Fall For You”, and “What Does Your Alex and Ani Bracelet Say About You?” She wasn’t expecting to find solace and empowerment in the site’s articles, but she reports feeling tears welling up in her eyes.
“I had been feeling a lot of cognitive dissonance lately as a woman with career aspirations and budding confidence in my body and sexuality,” said Sammons, “but as I continued to read, I slowly realized that my systematically inherent belief in my personal worth as only an object of pleasure is the real truth. The more that HerCampus told me to watch what I say to men, ignore my own power in the bedroom, and feel really bad about the natural state of my body, the more I could relate.” Sammons declined the remainder of the interview, stating that she had to go engage in “8 Ways To Look Great For Swimsuit Season!”

The empowerment craze is spreading through campus. Citing that the site’s strict adherence to gender binary is inspiring them to follow in the footsteps of the creators of the site and list under their “passions” things along the lines of “getting fro-yo, trying new colors of nail polish, working out, reading chick-lit, and bargain shopping,” girls all over Emerson are standing up for the things that truly matter.

There are repercussions, however. At least one report has arisen that an article instructing women to “play with your hair when talking to him” may have been followed a bit too stringently, leading to at least one incidence of self-scalping.