I'm A Cow

Twitter PeepsI have a class Twitter account I use to remind students of various stuff, link to appropriate educational or amusing things, etc. They follow me there, I follow them back to facilitate the occasional question about grades or other non-public issues (you can only direct message if you follow one another).

Scrolling yesterday, I saw a tweet from one of my best & brightest. "I am a cow." If you know teens & Twitter, self-loathing is a thing, but this one struck me hard. No one should feel that way, no matter their body type, but this particular young lady is petite and adorable and all those things they care about at that age.

How do we fight this objectification & demeaning? Should I respond, I wondered - no, there's nothing appropriate I could say. I was distraught, however - especially since we'd just watched Miss Representation in class. Our treatment of young women in this country has GOT TO --
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Her next tweet was a pic of her and a friend prepared for a Halloween event. She was a cow. In a tutu.

Cow in a Tutu

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