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Two candidates for student body office at Concordia University stand accused of looking "like beauty pageant contestants" in their ads. But that doesn't really seem to be the problem, as far as we can tell. It looks more like these ladies have made the mistake of campaigning while female.

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Writing in The Concordian, Kelsey Pudloski criticizes several candidates for positions with the university's Arts and Science Federation of Associations:

If you pass by a bulletin board in any Concordia academic building, you will likely find it congested with the over-sized, smiling faces of the ASFA candidates. I'm wondering — are these individuals running for student government positions or the chance to don a sparkly crown and sash?

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She adds, "Every candidate's picture is several times larger than the text stating his or her campaign platform - none of which appear to be particularly innovative or realistic. [...] Maybe the candidates figured if they tilt their head back a little or wear a V-neck T-shirt their ideas wouldn't have to amount to much." And: "All of these candidates are attractive people, but they are relying too heavily on glamour shots to win them the election."

Two of the "glamour shots" in question are below (click to enlarge) — and indeed, it appears that both Christina Gentile (whom Pudloski specifically names in the column) and Diana Sitoianu are wearing V-neck t-shirts in their photographs. They are also smiling. Clearly, this means they are shallow strumpets with no concern for the real issues at hand. I mean, just look at them!

Illustration for article titled College Candidates Slammed For Campaign Glamour Shots

In all seriousness, Gentile and Sitoianu look like they're dressed to go to class. The fact that their V-necks are grounds for a charge of looks obsession just illustrates how women can't win when it comes to dressing for — or even just being in — the public eye. I suppose the Concordia candidates could've donned nun's habits or baggy turtlenecks for their campaign photos, but then they'd likely be criticized for their frumpiness (as a more seasoned campaigner, Hillary Clinton, often was). And while their current photos do show them to be fresh-faced and conventionally attractive, it's not odd that they chose flattering pics — women who don't fit mainstream beauty standards come in for criticism both on campus and on Capitol Hill. The fact is, Gentile and Sitoianu are learning a lesson they'll have to carry with them through any future political endeavors — women are judged on their appearance, no matter what they look like.

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ASFA Candidates Look Like Beauty Pageant Contestants [The Concordian]

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DISCUSSION

The author is getting defensive in the article's comments, and while I was already prepared to indict her for girl-on-girl crime, I'm now ready to add "unable to handle criticism" and "satire: ur doin it rong" to the charges.

To those of you who butchered my last name, Google searched great journalistic achievements, told me my opinion wasn't "correct" enough to be featured in the Opinion section, called me sexist, ridiculed me for not getting to know the candidates before I wrote about them (and then went on to insult me in the same manner), used horrible grammar and lectured me on the objectivity of women in today's society:

I'd like to THANK YOU for expressing how you feel. I write for the opinion section because I believe every argument has a right to be heard. However, I sincerely wish you would channel your fury into a more worthwhile cause. Why isn't anyone concerned with the fact only one candidate is running for the presidency of the ASFA? Or that voter turnout continues to be a huge problem at a school of 40,000 students?

My article was a 300 word piece intended to poke fun at campaigning. Far more words have been written in the comments section about what a terrible person I must be. True politicians (and journalists) expect and in my opinion should be criticized by the public. It keeps them working diligently for the best interests of their constituents. Sixty-six people have 'liked' my article on Facebook — surely these people see it's intended humor. Six people have left hurtful comments. If someone cares enough to bother with what I write, I let them have their say, learn from it and move on. I'm not offended by anonymous comments just as my readers should not be offended by a satirical opinion piece.