Apparently a small college's "outdoors club" has cancelled an annual mountain climb because it was "body-shaming" or some such shit. Dear God:
The Claremont Colleges’ “On the Loose” outdoors club has canceled its annual Mt. Baldy Speedo Hike, in which male students typically don Speedos and female students bikinis as they trek up the mountain, citing concerns that the activity is not inclusive enough to all body shapes and fitness levels, and that it also sends an overly masculine message.I was under the impression that college clubs are established so that people with similar interests could get together and participate in the activities in which they share an interest. No more, apparently:
“By having the Speedo Hike as our official welcome event each year, we unintentionally sent the message that to participate in OTL, you must be fit and comfortable with your body image,” the student group stated this week on its Facebook page announcing the decision. “The name ‘Speedo’ itself inherently implies bro-iness. OTL is so much more than just that, but many potentially interested students get turned off to our club each year because of Speedo Hike. … We are always working to make OTL a more open and inclusive space …”
The Independent quotes Clarissa Worcester, a staffer at a campus Outdoor Education Center, as stating on Facebook that “the publicity/legacy surrounding that of the speedo hike is immediately and inextricably ostracizing. Not to mention how it directly excludes individuals with religious dressing practices. No matter what work you do, the ‘speedo hike’ will manifest itself as OTL taking out and funding a group of students that is nearly guaranteed to be almost exclusively outdoor-experienced, fit, and heavily swayed in the direction of outdoor—and otherwise—privilege that OTL is trying to work against.”Does that mean that there can be no clubs that appeal to a particular set of interests? If every club has to accommodate every interest, doesn't that mean all clubs will be the same? Why can't the people who can't do a strenuous half-naked mountain hike go ahead and form the "Fully Clothed Fat Fuckers Club" and sit on the sofa watching telanovellas? Or would that be cultural appropriation if they weren't all Hispanic? Fuck this shit.