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‘Curvy’ High School Swimmer Disqualified for Swimsuit ‘Malfunction’ — Feminists Cry ‘Body Shaming’

Breckynn Willis

A high school swimmer in Alaska was denied victory at a swim meet Friday because of a “uniform violation,” triggering accusations of sexism and racism.

 

Breckynn Willis, a 17-year-old state champion swimmer for Dimond High School in Anchorage, emerged from the water after a dominating performance in the 100-meter freestyle. But the male referee immediately disqualified Willis, ruling that her swimsuit was exposing too much of her butt.

 

An official at the meet, Annette Rohde, told the Anchorage Daily News that a female referee said the bottom of the teenager’s suit “was so far up I could see butt cheek touching butt cheek.’’

Rohde recalled that after the meet she warned the referee, who has not been identified, “This is going to blow up.”

The referee did not respond to requests for comment by local press.

However, as Rohde predicted, the disqualification became a hot topic in Anchorage and the Alaskan swim and dive community. Then, on Saturday, a woman who coached Willis when she was younger blogged about the incident in a Medium post, and it became national news.

“In a world where young girls are told at every turn that the skin they’re in is not good enough for a thousand reasons, the last thing we need to do in youth athletics is add to that unhealthy dialogue,” wrote Lauren Langford, who coaches swimming at Anchorage’s West High School. “If you do not like the way that swimsuits fit on these girls’ bodies then don’t look; they are minors, children, and no one should be looking at them anyway.”

 

“All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way,” Langford later told the Washington Post, referring to the school-issued one-pieces. “And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”

 

“We have a term for it — it’s called a suit wedgie,” she added, of the way the Willis was wearing the suit. “And wedgies happen. It’s uncomfortable. No one’s going to walk around that way intentionally.”

Breckynn Willis and her sisters had faced criticism for overexposure before

Langford’s outrage was echoed by feminists and other social-justice-oriented commentators on Twitter, many of whom cried “body shaming.”

“We treat women like garbage,” said Washington Post foreign affairs reporter Emily Rauhala in response to her colleagues report.

Rep. Judy Chu, a California Democrat, declared: “Stop. Policing. Girls’. Bodies.”

Transgender cyclist and activist Rachel McKinnon reacted withcharacteristic belligerence.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the news did not seem to have infiltrated conservative Twitter, which tends to be less sympathetic to identity-based claims of injustice.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the governing body for high school athletics in Alaska, all female swimmers must cover their buttocks and breasts and all male swimmers cover their buttocks.

Rohde and a local swim coach told the Daily News on Monday that they had never seen Willis deliberately adjust her swimsuit to make it more revealing. Whether or not that matters is disputed.

However, the Post reported Tuesday that Willis has been criticized for alleged overexposure before. Last year, a parent took a photo of her from behind and shared it with other parents as proof that girls on the team were wearing inappropriate swimwear.

Meagan Kowatch, Willis’ mother, told KTUU on Monday that the referee who made the call had previously embarrassed one of her two other daughters by critiquing the fit of her suit during a meet. She called for Willis’ victory to be reinstated and for the referee to be barred from officiating her daughters’ future races.

Also Monday, Anchorage School District officials announced that they are reviewing the referee’s decision, saying the disqualification “appears to stem from a difference of opinion in the interpretation of the rules governing high school swim uniforms.”

Source:Pluralist

 

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UDS 22ND MATRICULATION CEREMONY

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The joyous moment, knowing you will be officially admitted into a university. This was written boldly on the faces of all freshers as the gravitated towards the school auditorium with high speed (laughter).

 

On the 12th of October, 2019, the class of 2023 were officially matriculated.
This ceremony has actually taken place on all UDS campuses.

Before the ceremony began, Ecowas Hall and Savannah hall were with full energy as they walk the resident freshers of the hall. As a matter of fact, it was the first time seeing Ecowas Hall and Savannah Hall having ” JAMA” together. It was all love.

 

As early as 8am the Principal together with his subordinates processed in. After the procession the school anthem was sung
A prayer was offered by the various religious groups on campus, the Christians and the Muslims.
The Deans and their associates were also introduced.
Meanwhile, the registrar was represented by the campus officer.
Before the matriculants sworn the oath, the principal delivered a speech.

Upon his delivery, he congratulates the matriculants on the day.
He stated that, the matriculation marks the end of admission and the formal admission into the school.
You need to know the reason for coming to school and the need to achieve that purpose. He said.

In his submission, all admitted candidates were admitted upon certain merits. Addressing the congregation, this year had an increase in application, a total of 19,183 of which 9, 479 was admitted.
Prof. Luguterah, the Navrongo Campus principal went on further that, out of the total 9,479, 51.9% were males and 48.26% were females. This has shown a significant increase in female applicants and admission.
This admission include student into the faculty of mathematical sciences, faculty of applied sciences and faculty of earth and environmental sciences.

Furthermore, he ensured the matriculants that, security and safety on campus will be regulated to ensure the safety and lives of students on campus. Addressing the issue of the campus’ lighting system.
On the issue of sex for grades which was aired few days ago, showing some lecturers indulging in the acts, of which he the principal strongly stand against. He stated clearly that the management of the school will not take it lightly with any senior member of the university seen or caught indulging in such act. We further cautioned the matriculants to be very careful,as not to fall victim.
Before ending his speech, he announced that, the school would be renamed very soon as it attain autonomy.

He advises the matriculants to be good students and welcomes them to the UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.

As at 11am the matriculation ceremony was brought to an end after which the campus officer sworn every faculty into the school.

Another journey for the freshers, and we wish them all the best!

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HAVE YOU HEARD OF BRA DAY?

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Truth is majority of people in the world and Ghana have less idea about what BRA Day is. So when asked “what is BRA Day?”  many people have nothing to say or they talk about a day where no female wears a bra.

Speaking to Dr. Paa Ekow Hoyte Williams (second in the picture from the right in a white shirt), the Head of Division for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital , he said “The female breast is an important symbol of femininity. Loss of the breast due to cancer treatment can have significant physical and psychological impact on the woman. Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not being informed of their options. All women should know their options. It’s time to close the loop on breast cancer.”

He further added that “BRA Day has been there for a while now but mostly not in West Africa and Ghana. It is an international activity that falls on the 3rd Wednesday of October.Just to clear the misconceptions, BRA is not what women put on to cover the breast but BRA is the acronym for Breast Reconstruction Awareness. So yes many Ghanaians celebrated braless day or no bra day but the truth is, it is a day in the month of October set aside to inform survivors of breast cancer or post mastectomy patients of the available options of breast reconstruction in Ghana.”

Breast cancer awareness is well known now in the various societies but now the other aspect which is the reconstruction of the breast after it has been totally or partially removed in cancer treatment is the end of the cycle for breast cancer treatment.

Last year, the first ever BRA Day celebration in Ghana was organised by the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where they had a post mastectomy patient(Beth Goodman aka Spinkles) traveled from USA to Ghana to help in the campaign. She had survived breast cancer and had undergone total breast reconstruction.

During the awareness campaign she spoke to the women who were present for the free screening of how important it is to get breast reconstruction after cancer treatment. The women were allowed to see and feel her plastic reconstructed breast and they admitted it barely looks artificial.

Some cases were selected after the screening exercise for free breast reconstruction and after surgery the women were so happy.

This year’s campaign to create awareness on breast reconstruction has began massively with so many joining the train. The Health Sciences Students Association and Geological Engineering Students Association of KNUST are the new additions to the campaign. On 5th October they were live on air at Spirit FM 88.3 talking about Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction. They were joined by a Plastic Surgeon (Dr Boutrous) from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital as they discussed breast cancer and breast reconstruction on the Health Segment of the radio station. Ken Ofori Atta from GESA KNUST said “There is no shame in males joining in the campaign of breast cancer and breast reconstruction. I feel if there  is breast cancer in the society, we all need to join forces and speak for it.”

Obuobi the health officer added his voice to the campaign “Every woman cherishes her breast therefore any threat to steal their joy should be faced with a collective effort from us all.”

Dr Boutrous made it clear most general surgeons are only interested in treating the breast cancer patient but after that they have to live their lives secluded from the society because they have lost their breast. He encouraged surgeons to tell their patients of the available options of reconstruction that will help close the loop on breast cancer treatment.

9th October has been  agreed as the date for BRA Day Ghana where everyone is expected to wear pink or white with a touch of pink, snap pictures and videos. The pictures and videos can be tagged with the #BRAdayGhana. There will be a health walk on the 12th October at KNUST Campus and 19th October from the Kumasi Central Police station to the Kumasi City Mall. On bothe days there will be free breast cancer screening.  (more…)

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ECOWAS HALL CHASES AFTER UDS LECTURERS

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For the past few days, there has been total black out on UDS Navrongo Campus. Rumors have it that Wa campus is facing the same problem.

This development has affected academic work on campus, pertaining to lecture halls, since the lights and fans are not functioning. This has mared the learning activities on campus.

The blackout has affected the traditional halls; ECOWAS HALL, SAVANNAH HALL and NAVRO HALL.
Since this is bringing uncomfortability to the student populace, the residents of ECOWAS HALL took it upon themselves to storm campus.

Fans and lights in the lecture halls are lying idle and most lecturers cannot stay inside their offices due to the  heat. At a region where the atmospheric temperature can reach a hopping 42°C in the day can be unbearable if there are no lights for the fans to cool the rooms.


Upon critical observations today on campus, eye witnesses noticed that, the generator has been idle for a number of times. Making its presence a white elephant.

As late as 3pm this afternoon residents of ECOWAS HALL were seen in their red regalia invading every lecture hall to stop academic activities.

 

Talking with the public relations officer of the SRC, he stated that, Tamale campus which is the central administration owes about Ghc27million which is more than that of UDS Navrongo and Wa campus, but still had their power on.
In his submission, the regional minister tried reaching the boss of VRA but his phone has been switched off.

This development if not well tackled will mare academic activities as the actions of aggrieved students was seen today to have ended abruptly academic work.

ECOWAS HALL threatened the administration that, if the power is not restored before 12am today, they’ll disrupt every academic activity on campus.

As it stands now, they have in their plans to storm VRA office.

We watch!

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