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UWEC HOMEPAGE BON IVER HEADLINES EDITION The Axis of Brilliance is a graphic ranking of everything awful and brilliant, but this time only related to the numerous times Bon Iver has been featured on the UW-Eau Claire homepage. The theme of this week’s THE SPECTATOR is celebrating our university’s history and Bon Iver is a pretty big chunk of that history now. And what better way to reflect that than in UWEC headlines? I can’t think of one.

By Eric Christenson OP/ED EDITOR

May 23, 2011 “ALUMNUS VERNON MAKES BILLBOARD COVER, TO PERFORM ON ‘JIMMY FALLON’”: This one’s kind of nice. When Justin Vernon graced the May 28 issue of Billboard magazine, you can BET we had to include it on our homepage.

Dec. 8, 2011 “UW-EAU CLAIRE ANNOUNCES BON IVER CONCERT DETAILS FOR TICKETHOLDERS”: This was exciting, I remember! Finally, we could start making our plans for camping out in the middle of December. It’s like the real cabin in the woods, Bon Iver experience. We’re like Thoreau.

Oct. 25, 2011 “VERNON, CAREY RETURN TO ALMA MATER FOR BON IVER CONCERTS DEC. 12-13”: This one was huge. Never before had so many closet hipsters rose to the surface and posted “BON IVER!!!!!!!!” to their underused Facebook accounts, immediately memorized all the lyrics to “Towers” and cried to themselves.

AND FINALLY, this Fall 2011 excerpt from the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department newsletter which was called “ALUMNUS JUSTIN VERNON, BON IVER, AND THE MEDIA,” something we never thought we’d need until we saw it, I guess.

Feb. 10, 2012 “STUDENTS TO CHEER ON BON IVER DURING ‘TOWERS NIGHT AT THE GRAMMYS’ FEB. 12”: What a great way to start 2012. OUR BAND winning two Grammys? It’s like WE won two Grammys. But we just watched it on TV and felt a huge rush of community after not knowing how to feel about the Beach Boys coming back.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Overcoming girl hate Society should stop teaching women to substitute jealousy for insecurity By ANNA SOLDNER There it was. A seemingly harmless meme, smack dab in the middle of my news feed. Bold, intrusive, impossible to miss. It read: “If women ruled the world, there’d be no wars, just a bunch of jealous countries not talking to each other.” Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it hadn’t been posted by a woman. Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if it didn’t have 50 ‘likes.’ Maybe it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if there hadn’t been endless comments — from both men and women — enthusiastically agreeing: “Straight up true LOL!!,” “There’d be a lot of gossip too. And SANDWICHES” and “Weerrd.” But fine. Whatever. It’s just Facebook, right? Not exactly. Out of all the blatant, infuriating sexism sprawling the Internet, this is arguably the worst kind. This internalized misogyny is especially crippling because it’s the more insidious kind. It’s the kind of injustice that manages to exist under the guise of humor and harmlessness.

Remember that gym scene in “Mean Girls” when Tina Fey says, “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores! It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores”? What a noble goal! Nowadays, it seems a person is chastised more for defending a degrading joke about women than actually delivering one. How have we, as a generation, gotten to a place where this type of discrimination is validated, encouraged and regarded as funny? Sexist jokes aside, this meme is a manifestation of a much larger problem — girl hate. As Tavi Gevinson, editor in chief and founder of Rookiemag.com put it, “Girl hate is not hating someone who happens to be a girl, it’s hating someone because we’re told that, as girls, we should hate other girls who are as awesome as or more awesome than ourselves.”

Basically, girl hate is a term that refers to the systemic ways society teaches women to interact with each other. Since childhood, many of us have been taught to feel like we are in constant competition with other women. Too often we are taught to immediately be jealous and untrusting of other women (often those we don’t even know) who appear to be smarter, prettier, thinner or more confident than us. We live in a patriarchal society that reduces women to bodies, sexual history, relationship status and stereotypes. When it comes to the media, there is no such thing

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as being complex and multidimensional. We all know the alpha female trope — a pretty, popular girl cannot also be a nice person. Because she’s beautiful or confident, she must be promiscuous or backstabbing or conniving or mean. As a result, when a woman is confident in her own skin, instead of admiring her or perhaps getting to know her, we’ve been taught to spread rumors about her, threaten her or call her a slut or b****. We’ve grown up reading magazines, and watching movies television shows (hello, “The Bachelor”?) that perpetuate the myth that in order to find happi-

ness and fulfillment (whether it be gaining acceptance, a boyfriend, job, etc.) we must tear down other women. She must lose, we must win. But it’s a lose-lose situation. And it has to stop. Remember that gym scene in “Mean Girls” when Tina Fey says, “You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores! It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores”? What a noble goal! We absolutely must banish this girl-on-girl hate, and we can begin by acknowledging that we are more than products of a brainwashed society. Jealousy usually stems from insecurity, so if we can learn to develop healthy

self-esteem, maybe we’d be less inclined to tear other women down. Speaking from personal experience, the more openminded and accepting of myself I’ve become, the easier it has become to genuinely like other women. If you find yourself feeling resentful towards another woman because she legitimately wronged you or is a crappy person, that’s a whole different thing. If you find yourself judging another woman or pointing out flaws for no real reason, stop and ask yourself why. It’s probably because she’s got something really great going on. Recognize her good qualities and try bonding with her. Compliment her. Strike up a conversation. Befriend her. No dirty looks. No name-calling. No petty drama. We’ve got to stick together and back each other, ladies. If we can master this, maybe there’d be fewer wars, more respect and a bunch of confident women taking charge and supporting each other. Weerrd. Soldner is a sophomore journalism major and staff writer of The Spectator.

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The Spectator, Volume 90, Issue 29  

Date of publicaiton: May 10, 2012

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