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Dressing Room Horrors

Posted: May 5, 2012 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Trying on swimsuits sucks. The bad lighting, the not-yet-ready-for-summer body, the pasty white skin; it’s enough to make a woman never want to step food into a dressing room ever again.

But just in case you weren’t already convinced that trying on swimsuits is the worst, a recent study in the May issue of the journal Sex Roles, proves it. The study is based off of 102 female undergraduates’ answers to a survey regarding imagining themselves in different clothing, in different settings. The four scenarios included: trying on a swimsuit in a dressing room, wearing a swimsuit while walking down a beach, trying on jeans and a sweater in a dressing room, and wearing jeans and a sweater while walking down a beach.

The women’s answers were pretty standard: imagining wearing a swimsuit made women feel worse about their bodies than imagining wearing jeans and a sweater. Wearing a swimsuit in a dressing room, however, made women feel even worse about themselves, proving that self-objectification is an internal process and more damaging than public scenarios.

Although self-objectification is a personality trait that makes some women more likely to objectify themselves than others, there are certain situations, like trying on swimsuits, which can increase the feelings of poor body image, no matter what. Aside from the terribly harsh and bright lighting and numerous mirrors, the most harmful aspect of trying on swimsuits (or clothing in general) in stores is the amount of scrutiny and evaluation it permits (i.e., making sure everything fits correctly).

While self-objectification is almost impossible to prevent, it’s easier to handle if you don’t constantly compare your body to others’ and avoid scrutinizing your appearance in the mirror whenever faced with your own reflection – pay attention to the qualities of your body you like the most. Focusing on activities that emphasize the function of the body rather than the appearance, such as yoga, also helps put self-objectification on the backburner.

—Amber Brenza

I have not left Syracuse since I came back for the fall semester in August, and I am ready to get the hell out of here–even if it is only for a few days. Although this longer Thanksgiving break came at the expense of not getting days off for religious holidays, I am thankful for the longer holiday. After going to the mall three times already this semester and heading to a football game, I have once again come to the realization that this town has absolutely nothing to offer for the city dweller that I am.

Thanks to Student Association for providing buses to the major cities along the East Coast. For those of us in this time zone not looking forward to the overcrowded Greyhound and Megabus, the convenience of hopping on a bus at Schine is better than spending 20 plus bucks for a cab or waiting for an unreliable Centro bus. As per usual, I will carry some reading material with me and not read a single page during my exodus from upstate New York.

I cannot wait to return to my hometown where I can choose from world class dining franchises, such as Bubba Gump Shrimp and TGI Friday’s in Times Square. I am looking forward to sophisticated homeless people who do not live on Marshall Street but rather call the A train home. Screw the Carousel Center, I will be free to shop from 59th Street all the way down to Soho. Ah, home here I come. Tourists, get the hell out of my way!

-Brysan Brown