College students are increasingly being identified by their bodies, but they’re also becoming increasingly used to being seen in public.
College students have been identified as having an appearance that is either too sexy, too feminine, or too provocative, and they are increasingly finding themselves drawn to the bodies of the most popular college majors.
College majors, by and large, are seen as sexy, but students are also using their bodies to gain an edge on their peers.
According to a new study published by the College Fix, college students are beginning to find their bodies are being used as sexual tools, and that their appearance is becoming a tool to gain a certain advantage over their peers and social status.
“College students who want to gain social and social media status for themselves, for their peers, are now beginning to make their own decisions,” said Jessica Kuehn, a senior at Dartmouth College.
“They are looking for a sexual identity and what they see as their own sexualized appearance.”
The study examined 4,100 college students who self-identified as college majors, and their online and offline body images, their social media use, and the bodies they found most attractive.
It found that most college students, regardless of their majors, self-identify as having a “slim, attractive, or athletic” body type.
Kueeh told the Fix that she feels that college students feel like they are “playing” their body, and are becoming a sexual object to the world.
“The more college students become sexually active, the more attractive they become,” Kueh said.
“A lot of the guys in my class who are like, ‘Wow, I think I’m going to be famous someday,’ they’re like, I don’t want to be a guy who’s not popular.
I don, I want to have my own sexual identity, so I’m kind of trying to take advantage of the popularity of my own body, I guess.”
She added that this phenomenon of college students using their own bodies as sexual objects is similar to what happened with the sexual assault epidemic.
“I think there’s a lot of people who want sex,” Kuesh said, “but it’s more than that, there’s also a lot that is really sexualized about the way they act around other people.
It’s so much more than just sexual, it’s really sexual and sexualized.
I think that it’s something that we need to talk about more, and I think the conversation should be about how these kinds of bodies are constructed.”
The new study also found that college majors are being targeted by the media.
“It’s the media that is making them feel like, well, I’m not popular enough, I can’t really get attention, or I’m unattractive enough,” said Kueuhn.
“So I think there needs to be more awareness about how college students’ bodies are portrayed.”
Kueehn, who is a first-year student at the University of Michigan, added that she believes it is important to be aware of what kind of body images college students might be displaying.
“If you see someone that’s just very attractive, but you think you’re not attractive enough, then you can say, ‘Well, that’s why you don’t like me,'” she said.
However, Kueihn noted that the majority of college majors aren’t sexually objectifying.
“That’s just not true,” she said, adding that most colleges and universities do not cover body image in their policies.
Kuesihn told the college Fix that the media should be a catalyst for a more positive dialogue about the college student body.
“We’re not just looking at the sexualization of bodies,” Küeh said.
“[We] need to really look at how this is happening and how we can really get this conversation going.”
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