Peer-education club hosts “guys panel”


Caroline Trupp

By Emma Bruce

BVNW’s REbeL, a peer-education club that focuses on healthy body image, hosted a “guys panel” today in the little theater. Seven male students and two male teachers answered questions about body image that students asked anonymously at lunch last week.

According to REbeL sponsor Carolyn Potter, the club wanted to have a day dedicated to male body image. “We wanted to pick some guys that hopefully would reach out to different groups and that people look up to,” she said. “We picked [them by] thinking ‘Who would have a good perspective on body image?’”

One of the students on the panel, junior Peter Hartman, said he thinks having the guys panel was a good way to display another side to the issue of body image. “You can only represent that perspective so much without actually having a guy,” Potter said. “We really wanted it to be an authentic representation of what guys thought.”

Assistant band director Adam Lundine, another member of the panel, said he thought the panel went well and the people on it had good insight.

“These guys talked a lot about how confident they are in themselves and how to achieve that confidence,” Lundine said. “I think the more confident you are in yourself and your own strengths, the more successful you can be in different areas of your life.”

Potter said the primary goal of the panel was to show that body image affects more than just women. She said that although REbeL would like to have male members join the group for a new perspective on body image, the purpose of the panel was not to promote REbeL.

Hartman said the guys panel was a good opportunity to share a different side to body image issues. He said he hopes to see the group grow in that aspect. “REbeL is a good group to get gender stereotypes trimmed down.”