February 19, 2016
Story by Sammy Scheman
In social psych, we discussed a concept called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is the discomfort people feel when two cognitions (or beliefs or attitudes) conflict, or when their behavior conflicts with their attitude. This theory claims that there are two basic...
February 10, 2016
Story by Kendall Siewert
Pushes for body diversity in representation have been around for a while, mainly in advertising campaigns such as Dove or ...
November 02, 2015
With midterms finally behind us, we are reminded yet again of the true definition of being a U.Va. student - long hours in the libraries, passionate research papers, innovative discoveries, and the beloved pursuit of knowledge. Whether we like to admit it or not, we are a student body determined to change the world, one project at a time. But this ambitious determination to suc-ceed sometimes comes at a cost to ourselves: stress, the need to achieve perfection, and the inevitable occasional failure. The truth is...
October 30, 2015
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center has been sponsoring events on U.Va. Grounds in order to bring attention to this issue. One of these events included, “Survivors and Supporters Unite: A Panel about What Domestic Violence Is, What Its Effects Are, and What We Can Do”. This panel combined stories from two survivors of domestic violence and three experts in domestic violence counseling, including...
September 22, 2015
Before today’s technologically-savvy generation, there was a time where rigid social boundaries existed between work and home, private and public. One’s social life remained unspoken in the realm of professionalism and work did not interfere with soccer games or walks in the park. Relationships were founded on the basis of trust through shared experiences and the work day ended at 5:00. And then things changed. Today, the idea of constant connectedness, both universally and among ourselves, is crucial to our daily...
February 24, 2015
Story by: Michelle Cho
Photos courtesy of: Women, Gender and Sexuality program
Prior to this month, I knew nothing about breast augmentation (more commonly known as “boob jobs”). My exposure was basically limited to the trashy, reality TV shows I caught glimpses of while surfing through channels, and random magazine covers I’d glaze over in the checkout line at the grocery store. After taking in ...
December 18, 2014
After publishing my last blog piece on the largely ineffective nature of ...
December 03, 2014
November 14, 2014
As time has passed and society has shifted, the twenties have become an age of relaxation, curiosity and adventure. Our culture has created a new norm, deeming the twenties as a period of “finding yourself,” “trying new things” and “not taking life too seriously.” Meg Jay, a local psychologist, clinical assistant professor at U.Va. and author of: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter-...
November 13, 2014
Around 30 brave and inspiring women and men showed up at Newcomb’s Commonwealth Room for Perfect Illusions, an open-mic style forum for discussion about body image, eating, and exercise concerns at the University and within the community. Community members and U.Va. students alike came together on Nov. 5 to break the silence surrounding these often “taboo” topics. The event focused on providing a place of support and comfort for those struggling with any body, food, or exercise-related concerns, and through the...
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