I am an avid reader of <em>Imprint</em> and enjoy keeping up with UW news as well as news events that occur within the Waterloo regional area. The content of <em>Imprint</em> is generally non-offensive, however, for the Nov. 21, 2014 issue there was a very graphic image that accompanied the article, “Your Anaconda Don’t When My Back Hurts.” It was highly graphic and I felt that it was really inappropriate. I am a very open-minded person and I think that discussing sexual health is a very important topic that should be less taboo. The image displayed with the article didn’t convey any more insight into the topic discussed than say another image done with just silhouettes. I understand that <em>Imprint</em> is a university newspaper, but that does not mean that it will solely be read on campus. I was fortunate enough to be on campus while reading the article, but I could have just as easily been on the bus or any other scenario that makes viewing that picture in public inappropriate. If you are going to include an image with an article, it should provide a better understanding of the material rather than detract from the message. Just to reiterate, the picture is not offensive because of its relation to an article about sexual health, it is offensive because it is unnecessarily graphic. It goes against the point of making people feel comfortable talking about their sexual health issues.
Mary Jo David
2A Civil Engineering