Glasgow university sexist heckling

(62 Posts)
Tallgiraffe Mon 04-Mar-13 21:00:09

I find it staggering, upsetting and depressing that supposedly well educated young men can think this is appropriate sad

MechanicalTheatre Sun 10-Mar-13 15:55:45

They still had a subscription to porn channels in the GUU when I was there in the early 2000s. Oh, and published a freshers guide with the line "no means yes and yes means harder".

The GUU are a bunch of utter knobs and it is scandalous that they have got away with their behaviour for so long.

I wonder where the officers and alumni of the GUU end up. It could be interesting, for example, to look at the GUU officers who produced the Freshers' guide that MechanicalTheatre quoted, or who organised the porn nights, and see where they are now.

MechanicalTheatre Sun 10-Mar-13 16:39:34

SDTG, you'll be pleased to know that the president who sanctioned such antics is currently a maths teacher. I'm not saying he wrote the stuff - but the buck stops at the top.

Hurrah.

NormaStanleyFletcher Cote D'Ivoire Sun 10-Mar-13 16:50:09

That is utterly depressing mechanicaltheatre

Very depressing indeed.

MechanicalTheatre Sun 10-Mar-13 16:53:56

It is, yeah.

kim147 Sun 10-Mar-13 16:56:31

Just hope his attitudes have changed now he's out of that University

<doubts it>

tintin1969 Mon 11-Mar-13 17:19:20

I heard about it on Womans Hour. Totally unbelievable. Had never come across the term 'rape song' till last week. What sort of retrograde crap is this? The university's reaction was pathetic

FastidiaBlueberry Mon 11-Mar-13 18:40:24

He's a maths teacher?

He's in contact with children?

<Aghast>

MammaBean1988 Tue 12-Mar-13 12:56:51

Hi everyone, I'm really heartened by these responses to the GUU incident - I'm currently a student at Glasgow and am just so disgusted by this.

One of my friends is involved with the campaign against misogyny - i don't have a whole lot of time between studying and taking care of my daughter (3yrs) so can't be as involved as i'd like.

But she's just noticed me reading this thread and asked if anyone here is an alumnus from the time when the GUU had to admit women? Late 1970s-early 1980s - might be a long shot but if so and you'd be open to being in contact with their campaign against misogyny it'd be great if you could contact me and I'll pass on her details to you?

Gingersnap88 Wed 13-Mar-13 22:18:39

I pulled out of student politics for this reason. I was an officer for my union for 2 years as well as holding positions on NUS committees. At NUS conferences, there aren't many women compared to men, and you are treated like an object. I never enjoyed them, never felt comfortable or that people were interested in my opinions, just whether or not thy could buy me a drink / if I was single hmm really depressing that these could be our future leaders.

NUS have released a report on Lad Culture with ink UK universities, it's called "thats what she said" if any of you would like a read. It's interesting stuff but very sad.

I ran the feminist society at uni and came under all sorts of flack for being a feminist! Abuse written on toilet walls, kill joy for being against strip nights etc, mocked constantly. Like going back in time...

KatyTheCleaningLady Fri 15-Mar-13 07:08:42

I didn't realise until the last line of the article that heckling is allowed in these debates. I can see now that the problem is not just one of civility, but people who are not able to separate rhetorical aggression from sexual abuse.

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