Editor’s Note: This submission was received anonymously. I’d like to take a moment to pause and recognize the irony in that. Did a female write this, or did a male? There really is no way to be certain. But, it brings up some good questions that I’ve been pondering myself. The issue with there being a lack of male input in the post is because no males have submitted anything, and if they have, it’s been anonymous. And yes, as a few people have said, men shy away from photos. There is also the issue brought up about a photo shoot…we do photos regularly, almost daily. We have a few members who are strictly photographers. If you want in on this, you have to speak up. We ask for people to be part of them regularly, and get little to no response. The fact that the Post is primarily reporting on the female perspective is simply because the males haven’t done anything to be a part of it. So, as this articles calls for – males, it’s time to step up! We’d love to hear about your adventures and see the world from your point of view! My office door is always open. And, for those who don’t know, it’s on the second floor of the Transfiguration corridor. So, there, now you have no excuse. And, if the author of this article wants to write more articles from the male perspective, why not write one yourself? Or, are you just here to lay the blame on others?
Is the Owl Post becoming sexist? Girls taking over?!
As I’m sure many of you have been following the Owl Post if not daily, weekly! It’s become our daily dose of gossip and important information, but recently I have become concerned, and I will tell you why, as a guy writing this column I have come to notice that many of the articles have many wonderful captured photos…but they are all mainly girls! To be truthful I do not mind, it’s nice to look and not get caught doing it and end up cursed or slapped. But, guys, are any of you at Hogwarts?! Are you just being plain shy? Or is the Owl post (which is heavily influenced and run by mostly females), turning it into one of these girly Muggle magazines?! And ignoring the other gender entirely?
Yes, we rely on the Owl Post for important notices. But do many of us even bother to read this important information if we find the rest of the paper to be gossip that we have no interest in? I’m not saying all gossip is bad..but singing in the showers…do we need to know this? I’m sure many of us do it.
Recently we have had articles about what the girls of the school have been up too, such as the singing in the showers and hunting out recipes from the house elves, plus more, but where are the tales of adventures from the lads? Do they not want to tell their story? Or are their voices being ignored? We need a equal coverage of all sexes in the Owl Post!
But am I being sexist myself as a guy by bringing this up? I went and asked a few different students female and male, and this is what they had to say for themselves.
The question asked: “Most of the articles in the owl posts have amazing pictures, but all are mostly pictures of girls. Do you think this is right? Should we not be showing a equal amount of each gender?”
These are a few of the answers I received:
– “I think if the males want into the Owl post they should do something interesting. I see more guys chasing the Veela girls around school than anything.” – Slytherin Girl
-“Eh? Pictures of lassies are bad? Um. Ya know I dunno…I suppose that for the bloke loving population there should be more but not that we have some super popular boys, yanno? Journalists take it as they go, right? So if there is a boy-like version of Rita, there’d be pictures all over. I say it’s fine, but…you can actually do more, yep, do more! Oh, can I post requests? We should post requests for photo shoots and personals. What do you think of interviewing Prof. Gothly, the black-haired one? Jeez she has some temperament.” – James Morris. Gryffindor
-“ Yes I fully agree with such, But from what I have noticed most males are camera shy about having their faces on photos. I have seen people offer for people to be there for photos. But Boys normally don’t jump to the occasion.” – Reiza Viegel Firelyte Zuzu. Ravenclaw
As I asked this question I found that mostly all agreed, the Owl post should be equal for both sexes…even if many said the guys did not want to be photographed or to appear in the Owl post. So, are we camera shy guys? Do we want to keep our adventures secret? Who knows what trouble we could get into with the professors and fellow students if we told them what we have been up to! I’m most certain Professor Gothly and Rita will be having words with James Morris for his little comments, But, yes, James has a point and was most welcome to make a suggestion. We do have many wonderful photographers in the school…why not do photo shoots? Serious or fun…silly or informational.
So, I ask you as the readers…do you think the Owl post should stay all informational? Should we have a separate post for gossiping? Maybe even a photo post?
As I said before.. I’m maybe contradicting myself.. maybe I’m being sexist bringing it up at all… but guys seriously…show us where you’ve gone, for all we know the castle may have lost you all into its inner depths.
Written By Yellow Striped Boar