It was hard not to stare: The woman’s breasts were so large she made Barbie look downright small-busted.
The men on the ice hockey team who painted her on the side of a cube in the Pit knew she’d draw attention.
That was sort of the point, they say. Few know about their team, and fewer still know of the tournament that honors their late coach.
In retrospect, they realize the painted woman, and the invitation below her (“Come watch us score”) was bound to attract all the wrong kinds of attention.
“We figured we’d get an interesting reaction,” said senior John Thompson, one of the team’s vice presidents. “But we definitely weren’t trying to offend anyone.”
“Disgusted” was how senior Robyn Levine described feeling after walking home and seeing the cube Wednesday night.
For Levine, the ice hockey team’s cube represented “part of a larger problem” on college campuses where women’s bodies are objectified and such behavior is tolerated.
“It wasn’t particularly surprising,” she said. “It was just a really obvious manifestation.”
Later that night, Levine and members of Feminist Students United talked about how to respond. Their goal was to point out why the cube had offended them, and why they saw it as part of a larger problem.