• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Photo: Headshot of Rich Barlow, an older white man with dark grey hair and wearing a grey shirt and grey-blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey backdrop.

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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  1. I’ll be starting grad school at BU this fall, and this article has made me so profoundly uncomfortable. I would like to believe that the quotes that were chosen by the author are an unfair representation of these students, but I fear that is not the case.

    “We try to be as culturally sensitive as possible, but sometimes, people can be a little nitpicky.” For starters, when you are accused of cultural appropriation, the correct response is to apologize, to be thoughtful, to be considerate. Not to brush off the offended as “nitpicky”.

    “The other thing, and that is a thing here at BU, is when people wear snow boots, especially Ugg boots, and they’re completely done—the soles are not good any more. They look like sad little sick ponies.” No compassion for people who might not be able to afford to buy a new pair of Uggs, just completely superficial judgement. Yes, the economically disadvantaged do walk among you. Be compassionate.

    “I love plus-sized girls. But at the same time, not everything looks good on everyone.” Do you love plus-sized girls, cuz of what? their size? not because they are individuals? with personalities? that they might want to express in the clothes they choose to wear?

    Upon visiting the actual website, I read one article entitled “Bye-Bye Biddie”. It was so full of misogyny and shaming, that I could barely get through it.

    Very disappointed.

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