Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
BaseballMon, Apr 21 4:30 p.m.WayzataHome
Boys GolfMon, Apr 21 9 a.m.Chanhassen Invite Deer Run Golf Club
BaseballTue, Apr 22 4:15 p.m.IrondaleAway
Boys GolfTue, Apr 22 1 p.m.NSC OpponentsVictory Links Golf Course
Girls GolfTue, Apr 22 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 22 7 p.m.St. Thomas AcademyHome
Boys TennisTue, Apr 22 4:00 p.m.FridleyFridley High School
Boys TennisWed, Apr 23 4:00 p.m.WayzataWayzata High School
BaseballThu, Apr 24 4:15 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Girls GolfThu, Apr 24 3 p.m.NSC OpponentsMajestic Oaks Golf Course
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.Blake Away
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 24 7 p.m.EdinaHome
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
BaseballSat, Apr 19 Totino-Grace2-1W
Boys LacrosseSat, Apr 19 Eagan14-15L
Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-4W
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 Spring Lake Park17-3W
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
Girls TrackThu, Apr 17 Multiple OpponentsCANCEL
BaseballTue, Apr 15 Fridley5-1W
Boys GolfTue, Apr 15 NSC Opponents2nd Place
Boys LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Eden Prairie8-7W
Girls LacrosseTue, Apr 15 Columbia Heights15-1W
Boys TennisTue, Apr 15 Totino-Grace7-0W
Girls GolfMon, Apr 14 BSM/Red Knight InviteCANCEL
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

The perfect guy body

With no makeup, not much hair to do (usually), and no reason to wear carefully considered outfits everyday, boys would seem to have the whole body image issue a lot easier than girls. However, being masculine has its own implications, namely not caring about body image.

“No one’s going to answer honestly if they really care that much about it.” This is how nearly every interview began with most guys when discussing body image. Because having been born a guy means you either don’t care at all, or you only care to get big and keep in shape. “Anyone that answers this question really seriously is honestly going to get ridiculed,” said junior Sam Conley.

It seemed the only acceptable topic regarding a boy’s body image had to do with working out and staying in shape. “Guys are definitely concerned about their physical shape. If guys are overweight or too skinny they tend to be self-conscious,” said junior Paul Sonsalla. This usually results in a congregation of high-school boys at their nearest Lifetime. “[I lift] six days a week probably. It does make you look better,” said junior Will Satre.

However behind the buff arms and loaded abs, other less obvious and more personal body critiques hide from fellow peers. “The flow image—I got pressured a lot from both genders about my hair,” said freshman Danny Tift.

At the same time there exists those pressures that can really only be understood within the minds of teenage boys. “Guys are most self-conscious of their ‘sock swag.’ If you don’t have the proper ‘scrunch game’ or you’re rockin’ off brand socks, you can be extremely vulnerable to criticism,” said sophomore Luke Musech.

For many guys, this self-consciousness and dedication to always looking good stems more from girls than their fellow guys, despite a lack of ability to articulate why. “Pressure from girls is definitely higher than pressure from guys. We gotta look good in front of the ladies. We say we don’t do anything specifically for it, but we still want to look good,” said Conley.

This pressure can be understood seeing that most girls agree that more athletic and active jocks and athletes appeal more. “There is a certain attractiveness about a guy who is athletic and buff,” said freshman Zoe Cave. And not only that, but girls could continually keep adding on additional traits and characteristics to their ideal guy: “tall, dark, handsome, strong features, athletic, smart, up-to-date on current events, family-oriented, and involved in school,” said junior Afua Paintsil.

All these expectations are viewed as ridiculous and unreasonable optimism by most of the male gender. “I think some girls expect too much out of guys. I think they expect us to be perfect all the time and we aren’t. We are gosh darn humans,” said junior Brendan Schember.

Despite girls’ reputation for having the most problematic and acute issues with body image, the pressure towards guys still exists; it just takes a different form. “I feel like guys are more comfortable about commenting on another guy’s image than a girl would be. Guys tend to just say what they think with the assumption that the other person doesn’t take it personally. The pressure to keep image up for girls is still there, it’s just much more subtle,” said Sonsalla.

 

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