On Sept. 2, Patrick Atwater wrote an article for the CMC Forum entitled “ ‘Just Dance’ Announced as Scripps Anthem.” In it, Atwater critiqued the culture of Scripps for promoting eating disorders, unhealthy body image, hatred toward white men and a “femino-centric world view.” Atwater also took a few shots at voice itself, telling us that we all secretly aspire to be hosts of The View.Enough has been said to Atwater in the comment section of the Forum, as well as in comments submitted below. We do not want to continue this debate, but rather advocate for a 5C writing community filled with less hatred and negative stereotypes. Let’s bring some class back to editorials, and tackle issues with the support of the greater 5C community. Because, let’s face it: there may be five different schools, but there are still underlying issues that affect women at all of them—issues that Atwater addressed, albeit inappropriately.
“This is poorly written and researched. It seems to be trying to get a reaction, so by reacting to it we are feeding the writer’s intentions. There is little validity in the author’s comments, and to engage in uninformed discourse would be not be productive.” –Alena Rosen ’10
“Patrick Atwater seems to believe that all Scripps students identify as feminists in his opinion piece. Yet in my Core I class, when students were asked to raise their hand if they identified as feminists, only one girl raised her hand.” –Justine Desmond ’13
“I was mainly just disappointed by what I read. There are so many valid approaches you can take when discussing eating disorders, critiquing a women’s college, or talking about feminism, but Patrick failed from the get-go to make any substantial argument about any of those subjects. Instead, he demonstrated to readers that he has no experience—academic or otherwise—forming sound arguments about these relevant and controversial topics. I just hope it’s willful ignorance (thereby an isolated incident) and not a failure of an entire institution responsible for providing critical thinking skills to thousands of students and future leaders.” –Jane Farrell ’11 (now Emory ‘11)
“CMC students are drunken jocks, Pomona students are arrogant and Pitzer students are all stoners. Those are obviously idiotic stereotypes. Patrick Atwater took similar stereotypes about Scripps, masqueraded them as fact, and wrote an entire article based on nothing but dumb generalizations. Personally, I have never felt more empowered than I do at Scripps. As a recent cancer survivor, I have scars on my arms and chest, hair that came back completely different after chemotherapy and I am only now starting to lose my self-consciousness. I feel beautiful at Scripps because I am recognized for my mind, my talent and my strength. We support each other in a way that I haven’t found anywhere else: with humor and love. We eat the fresh-baked cookies in Malott every night, have ribs at Levitt on the Lawn and drink mochas at the Motley. Think about it: why would Scripps make such good food if the students weren’t going to eat it? I suggest that you, Mr. Atwater, actually talk to some Scripps women next time you want to write an article about us. And please, don’t call us girls, or people might get the idea that you’re talking down to women.” –Rachel Bodansky ’13
“Tackling issues including feminism, eating disorders and white domination, Atwater critiques the culture at Scripps College in an article which is both unfocused and pretentious. When discussing eating disorders he drops overused phrases like ‘hiding the crouton’ for no apparent reason and claims that Zoe Larkins’ attempt to unveil this problem could fail because the feminist values at Scripps are so twisted. Call me crazy, but this does not seem like a very legitimate argument. And personally, I think Atwater’s attempt to draw an emotional connection between Larkins’ article and his own is quite abusive.” –Josh Shapiro PO ’10