Brockport bares it all on SUNY Boobs
Twitter account creates unwanted social media attention
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 16:02
If you haven’t heard of @SUNYBoobs, a new Twitter account that has students, professors and administrations across many SUNY campuses talking, allow us to explain it to you. It’s an account that posts pictures of female students breasts and bras with a hash tag of whichever school they currently or formerly attended.
If this is the first you’re hearing of it, no, this isn’t a joke. The account has over 4,500 followers as of press time Monday. Females are really sending in pictures of themselves to this account, and some of them are incredibly risqué. According to the account, as well as our tally, Brockport is in the lead.
For Brockport, which already has a reputation for being a “party school,” this is not something we, or any school, should be proud of. A Brockport student was even the first to submit a photo. It’s degrading our college and ruining its reputation. Typically, schools want to be known for having the best business program, the best media outlet or for doing a major scientific study to garner attention. But Brockport is now becoming known as the school that will show the most cleavage.
This reputation is going to attract the wrong type of people to Brockport. It will entice the reputation partiers in high school — the prospective students who just want to go to college to have a “good time” — while those who want a quality education will choose to go somewhere else. It will drive the GPA down and cause the worth of your diploma to decrease, too.
Think about your younger siblings. Would you want your little sister posting pictures on “SUNY Boobs?” Parents are going to see this account and their concern over it could be enough for them to deter their kids from applying to schools in the SUNY system.
But the real problem with SUNY Boobs extends beyond just the College at Brockport or the SUNY system. Society has a preoccupation with judging women by their breasts and butts (a Twitter account dedicated to SUNY derrières has surfaced as well) and not by their brains.
You don’t see an account for “SUNY abs.” Some men even post pictures of their chests to SUNY Boobs to try and be funny, but it’s not funny. This site is demoralizing to women.
A woman’s body used to be considered sacred. Now women are pressured into conforming to societal norms, such as dressing up in skimpy outfits whenever they go out or else be considered prudes. Women are not objects for your viewing pleasure.
This Twitter account screams everything that’s wrong with young people. What happened to the self-respect your family tried to teach you? Trying to pressure someone into showing off their body is immoral and we as a society need to change our ways.
Some people may not be peer pressured into it and are just posting voluntarily. But why would you voluntarily submit pictures of your breasts, some of which are very revealing, to a Twitter account and page? You’re not even getting paid, so the “I need to pay for college” won’t fly. “YOLO” is not an excuse either.
Future employers will be looking at where you got your education. Do you want your college’s name to be associated with being the best college on “SUNY Boobs?”
The principle is similar to being tagged in a post on Facebook that has beer or red solo cups in it. You wouldn’t want to be seen in that photo by a potential employer or your family. You could argue that the posts don’t have faces and hide your identity, but body markings and tattoos are very recognizable. Just by submitting a picture, you’re leaving an electronic footprint that has a chance of being traced back to you.
Rumors start incredibly easily, especially with many members of our campus community looking at the pictures and talking about who they think each bust could possibly be. Even if it’s just a rumor, if that were to follow your name and reputation, most employers would consider that grounds for not hiring you.
If you retweet the photos, that makes it even worse for you. If your future employer sees partial nudity on your account, having a photo with alcohol in it should be the least of your worries. The same thing applies to favoriting the photos. Your favorites will follow you forever.
There’s no good that comes from having an account for SUNY Boobs. It makes every campus in the SUNY system associated with the account look worse. The account is not helping the issue of sexism throughout the world. Whoever is running the account needs to reevaluate their lives and think about the message this account is sending. Not just to our generation, but to future generations that will grow up seeing content like this on an easily accessible public website.
Ideally, people should not have given photos of themselves to this Twitter feed in the first place, but this isn’t an ideal world. Twitter should not let this kind of account exist because it gives the site a bad reputation. The account speaks as a commentary of the state of our culture. For this reason, the account should be removed, whether it be by Twitter or the account owner.