Bucknell University covered up the mirrors in its Swartz Hall on Sunday, February 26th, in an effort to promote body positivity and self-love. (I’m pretty sure we don’t need to promote more of that). Construction paper was used to obscure the offending mirrors so that students couldn’t see what they actually look like, since seeing and recognizing truth and reality is not currently en vogue.
Rest assured, however, that this cover-up was done with the best of intentions. Indeed, it was designed to draw attention to “Self-Love Week,” an initiative that took place February 27th through March 3rd at the august institution of higher learning. On “Eating Disorder Awareness Day,” signs were also put up over the mirrors, stating: “Today is Mirrorless Monday. Trust us, you look great! Take a break from the mirror today and be good to yourself and your body, regardless of appearance. Know that you are so much more than how you look.”
If Big Education truly feels there’s an urgent need to protect the snowflakes from even seeing themselves- by obstructing their vision and putting up these kinds of messages, it is a sad reflection on all of us.