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Loughborough University Playboy Mansion

Posted by charliegrrl on May 27, 2007

What happens when you get masturbation-obsessed American Pie-esque packs of young men and wannabe glamour models in charge of entertainment in a Student Union…

Well you get this…

This Tuesday, 29th May, Loughborough University Student’s Union are holding a Playboy Mansion party, with Miss Lufbra Playboy Bunnies 2007, Pole Dancing performances from The Pole Dancing Society, live Playboy porn shoots and even Playboy face painting…for those who haven’t already got a Playboy Bunny tattooed to their breast.

Here’s a film from last years Playboy event…

My time at uni made me a feminist- not just because I was introduced to feminist lecturers and feminist texts, but because I was surrounded by lads and I couldn’t get away from them. When I say lads, I mean young men just set free from their parents, who can now get pissed every night of the week, shout obscenities and get into fights and adorn their bedroom with topless photos of women without parental disapproval- they arrive with the expectation that the next three years will be a drinkfest and a shagfest- and by god, if they leave university still a virgin they have failed. The goal is to at least have one threesome, take a woman up the arse and convert a lesbian. Every hole is a goal- except a man hole, was the mantra on a night out. Failing that, they can use the free internet access to download as much porn as they like and at least pretend.

Student entertainment is so limited in providing for those who aren’t interested in drinking until you puke, that many young freshers find themselves going along to drink-obsessed shag-obsessed club nights on campus, just to make friends. There is no alternative when you find yourself 18 years old, no friends, far from home in a new city, but to get sucked into a binge and brawl fuck obsessed male dominated student night life, endorsed by the student union.

Now I ask you this, why is a Student Union endorsing such an event? Endorsing a Miss Playboy Bunny competition and allowing a pole dancing society to even exist, let alone do a perfomance in the Student Union…? A few months ago, Loughborough University held an FHM High Street Honey recruitment event (when women pose half-naked for an audience to be chosen as a ‘real-girl-next-door’ FHM model). In what way is Loughborough Student Union showing a commitment to gender equality and creating a safe and equal space for female students by glamourising the sex industry as a bit of fun, and by legitimising the reduction of its female students to tits and ass for male entertainment.

Oh but of course, the women choose to dress up as Playboy Bunnies and pole dance, so its ok… They’re giving the women equal opportunity…to flash their breasts; the choice…to pose as a porn star.

I’d like to pose the question to the participant students reading this, cos after all you are at uni, and are supposed to think critically, so…why don’t men choose to pole dance for women? Why don’t men take up pole dancing as fitness…? Why don’t men choose to pose half-naked as a Playboy porn star…?

And to the Loughborough Playboy Bunnies and the Pole Dancing Society, women fought hard so that we could have a good equal university education, so do us proud and refuse to participate in your own exploitation.

This is the third Playboy Mansion Party they have had. East Midland Feminists and some Loughborough University staff are currently lobbying the Vice Chancellor and the Student Union to pull the event. If you would like to voice your concern to the Vice Chancellor and the Student Union then please contact them:

Vice Chancellor: Prof Shirley Pearce, 01509222001/2 or email l.j.jones@lboro.ac.uk

Student Union: union@lufbra.net

For more info about Playboy, see here and here

**Edit[ 29/05/07] see comment 16 for the response from the Vice Chancellor’s Office at Loughborough Uni**

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29 Responses to “Loughborough University Playboy Mansion”

  1. Any equally vaid question is why do so many lads believe being a man means they must and should have women sexually available to them as and when they desire. Given gender equality is being touted by the Government why is it ‘lads’ are not routinely depicted totally naked in sexually submissive poses. Answer because men are human and women are supposedly just sexualised commodities.

  2. Michelle said

    Great post, Charlie. I really think if the NUS are taking action on lad mags, then taking action on pornography-themed events like this should be the next step.

  3. Richie said

    The thing is, there are male pole dancers, but they’re not pressured into it by mainstream events like this that try to make stripping into a natural part of male sexuality. There’s no belief that all men secretly want to be strippers and it’s a transgressive and liberating act for them.

    Also:

    My time at uni made me a feminist- not just because I was introduced to feminist lecturers and feminist texts, but because I was surrounded by lads and I couldn’t get away from them.

    This is what happened to me, too. And I’m doing another degree next year, for some unfathomable reason.

  4. I cannot understand how a pornography themed event can be seen as anything else but in the role of degrading women. Seriously, it is incredible that a university is blatantly celebrating the objectification of women. This has to have an effect on the general cultural attitudes surrounding the male-centred pornography fuelled view of women as nothing more than the spread legged must have – fuck accessory. So much for promoting gender equality wandering around with fluffy ears and a tail! Oh and regards the sex attack records that this university boasts – well maybe they are “asking for it“? You know – I mean she was wriggling round dressed as a porno fantasy. (snark) Moreover, this is without honouring Hef the creep from the deep who apparently has the largest collection of bestiality in the world. Ack quick where’s the fucking bleach for my brain.

  5. I’ll believe men pole dance for women when I see it- so far I haven’t. There may be a few as entertainemnt in the gay scene- but that’s men’s bodies as objects for men.

  6. Richie said

    They exist, it’s just a totally different dynamic and context to the existence of female pole dancers. They haven’t been coerced or pressured into it, there’s no fake empowerment message, and as men they face less job discrimination, so they’re unlikely to have turned to it to keep themselves fed. They can also choose their own clients and don’t rely on a tip system to make money. If you read the bio, it’s so far removed from the usual life story of a female pole dancer that it’s impossible to believe they’re both – ostensibly – doing the same job. That’s the point I’m making; I’m not trying to say “Oh, but men are objectified TOO” or any of that drivel. Sorry if it came across that way.

    Male strippers performing for a gay crowd isn’t something I’m terribly knowledgeable about. I’ve read a lot of negative stuff about violence, but it was always tinged with homophobia, so I don’t know how much was accurate and how much was a beat-up.

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to derail the discussion like this! I hope the lobby works, or at least that a few people have their minds changed. I’ll ceremonially burn a copy of Zoo to bring you luck.

  7. eilidh70 said

    First time I went to uni, I had to put my head down and ignore the “boozing and shagging” culture as it was something I genuinely hadn’t expected, so I pretty much dragged myself through the 4 years to get my degree. I don’t know how I’d cope now with all these examples of woman-hate I read about. You know, student time is supposed to be the time when you’re more likely than ever to get involved in political protest, and it’s so ironic that this is in reaction to the uni experience rather than because there’s anything positive to take from it.

  8. hairylesbian said

    And there was me thinking universities were for the purposes of education. I am intrigued by the idea of ‘converting’ lesbians though – to what, solar power? islam? oh you mean ‘heterosexuality’ by impressing them with your almighty penis!You just don’t get it do you boys? (in any sense….)

  9. hairylesbian said

    Oh and I saw a male stripper performing in a gay pub (though admittedly one with a lot of straight women in it) last night. It was a joke, a bit of light entertainment. Not a scary objectification fest. He was in control, not a lust object before a frankly slightly bored looking crowd. And HOW GAY (in the non Chris Moyles sense) are the aussie pole boys? Really?

  10. Becs said

    Please tell me where on that video there are women being objectigfied exactly?

    And if you mean the girls dancing on stage ie the LSU Dance club and the LSU Cheerleading society who chose to perform for fun and as a means to keep fit and also actively seek to perform in front of their fellow male and female students at the union how can you call that objectification.

    And how do i know all this? Well i am female student from Loughborough who is a memeber of both the cheer-leading and dance club and at no point have i ever felt objectified for performing, in fact quite the opposite! Being on stage and show-casing the talent i have is somehting to be proud of.

    The play boy night is not a night where women pole dance and stip, the playboy theme is merely an advertising tool for a dance night, nothing more,(and there is no evidenc of such antics on the video i might add) so i suggest you get your facts right before you start publcising lies!

    You people ( d i say people as i want to refer to you as equals in the human race) really are mini Hitler’s desperate to push your views on to other people.

    You talk about free choice and equal rights, well surely is there not the argument for people, men and women, to have the equal right and choice to attend and be part of events such as this?

    The femle form is a beautiful thing and is it really such a god awful thing to want to look at it. Yes some may take it to an extreme and ilicit level, but at the same point you really undermine men in general and as as a whole if you think they are all out to oggle and be disgusting towards women.
    Everyone is entitled to their own views and therefore your feelings on events like this are perfectly fair as we live in a country where we are entitled to the freedom of speech, but you seem very unwilling to allow the people you object to, to speak.

    Also where are you views from the women that are “Playboy Bunnies” etc. I imagine though you would very much reject their viewpoints as you would probably view them as inferior intellectually to yourselves or perhaps brainwashed from the men that push them in to this industry, hence them sinking to such a god aweful level of wanting to be part of such an industry. I may be presumptuous here, so pelase prove me wrong!

    Rant over!

  11. I haven’t criticised the cheerleading or the dance society. They may well be performing in the video, but my criticism lies with the Playboy Mansion theme, and the porn and sex industry-related entertainment. The video is used as an example of what a Playboy Mansion night is like at Loughborough- although admittedly it doesn’t show anything like pole dancing, which is at this years event. However, the website clearly points out lots of objectifying entertainment at this years event- namely pole dancing, Miss Playboy 2007, and posing as a Playboy Bunny. The video does show the decorative use of the Playboy symbol- and many women dressed up as Playboy Bunnies. The Playboy symbol is premised on the objectification of women- that’s what a Playboy Bunny is- it’s a passive, infantile sexualised female body that serves the titillation of men. The fact that the Playboy Bunny is used as a marketing brand, the use of creating a mock Playboy Mansion, and women dressing up as Playboy Bunnies, indicates how normalised porn and sexual ojectification are.
    Of course there’s nothing wrong with looking at a woman’s body and thinking how beautiful she is- but it is a problem when that is all you can see her as- as a body. Also, looking at something whatever it is and recognising its beauty is different to the way many men look at female bodies as sex objects- it’s not recognising beauty, it is enjoying meat reduced to specific fetishised body parts, so tits, holes…and then thinking what they’d like to do to that body.
    We are taught to enjoy our sexual objectification- it’s so caught up with feeling sexy as a woman. Feeling sexy as a woman often really means feeling attractive to men. We enjoy commanding the attention, the illusion of power, the feeling of approval and success. And this ties up with performance and presentation of our bodies- so yes women may enjoy pole dancing at the Playboy Mansion party as they may feel sexy, but why does enjoying our bodies and feeling sexy necessitate performing our bodies as objects for the gratification of an audience? And ultimately, it is men who benefit, as we are meeting their demands.
    On the subject of ‘choice’, you obviously feel the women should be able to do such activities for entertainment as they are ‘actively’ making the ‘choice’ to do so…but there are students and staff at Loughborough Uni who aren’t happy with this event and feel it is demeaning, so you should consider that we all have a responsibility to make sure our choices don’t impact negatively on others. In this case, particularly in the context of an environment that is supposed to uphold gender equality, the fact that women at the uni find this event demeaning, and they have a right not to be in a sexist and demeaning environment, this should override the ‘right’ of anyone who wants to pole dance for entertainment at the uni.

  12. kelly said

    I think this is all a ridiculous joke. You feminists need to get a life and concentrate on something more proactive like where women are being abused which isn’t their choice, or human traffiking!

    If you don’t like the event don’t turn up… there are 6 other nights in the week which you can attend instead.

    Stop trying to preach to everyone. People at the university are intelligent enough to make their own decisions on whether they agree with something and as a matter of fact this kind of attitude and comments only push you further away from the rest of society if you want them to take you seriously!

  13. stormy said

    Becs, why on earth are you wasting your time at university? Clearly you wish to be admired for your dancing – why not enroll in a dance academy? For fitness, both swimming and walking are excellent excercise. If your main objective is to be ‘admired’ by men, then you had better devote yourself to it whilst the going is good. Men’s interest wanes when women get over 30, more so when they are over 40 (primarily they are interested in younger women that they can manipulate). You may be able to hold male interest for slightly longer than the norm, by devoting yourself to fitness, beauty, and most likely, plastic surgery.

    On the YouTube video, I did not see males dancing around in short-shorts, wiggling their behinds, dressed up as animals. So if men aren’t doing it, why not? Surely heterosexual females find the male form attractive? The answer is that it is sexually degrading and objectifying.

    As for the theme of the evening, do the LSU realise that the ‘bunny with bowtie’ is actually a trademarked copyrighted image?

  14. stormy said

    I forgot to comment on the poster/flyer for the event. Fucking unbelieveable. Is it a gynaecological convention?

    If you young women cannot see anything wrong with advertising a mixed event with a drawing of a female in such a sexually available pose, then there is little hope for the younger generation.

    BTW, a little heads up on the double bind. Males want their choice of women to be sexually available and alluring to them. However, if females comply with that pressure, then they become relegated to the category of ‘worthless slut’. Nor does it really matter if you do actually fuck men, because if you look fuckable, then ‘they’ will deem you a ‘worthless slut’ anyway. You cannot actually win if you play this game.

  15. Kate the Great said

    Mini Hitlers? That’s rich.
    The atmosphere of constant objectification (advertising, books, contests etc.) is a kind of tyranny to get women into their desired role.

    Sweden did something truly great this year with their Miss Sweden pagent. They replaced the swimsuit segment with a business suit, made applying like applying for a job, and opted out of the Miss Universe Pagent because of they thought the swimsuit segment was outdated and sexist.
    Until men are swinging around a pole in rabbit ears and a tail in record numbers accross tv, magazines, AND at university (one picture in cosmo doesn’t count, I don’t even read cosmo either), I’ll stop taking this so personally.

  16. I received a reply from John Town, the Registrar and Secretary of the Vice Chancellors Office at Loughborough Uni:

    Thank you for your email. I am responding on behalf of Loughborough University.

    We were extremely concerned to hear that the Playboy brand was being used to promote the above Student Union event. The university does not endorse such activity. All such posters advertising the event have now been removed including the promotional web presence and associated links.

    The Student Union have emphasised that this is a dance event which will showcase house music as well as other SU dance clubs and societies. Future events will not be supported or promoted using Playboy branded material.

    Thank you for sharing your concerns. The university does not condone such themed events and will do everything in its power to ensure that they are not hosted at the university in the future.

    Best Wishes

    I’m pleased with this response. I think we can presume they won’t be having anymore Playboy Mansion parties at Loughborough Uni… However, when they say the event will showcase dance societies, I imagine this still includes the Pole Dancing Society…

  17. Rachel H-G said

    If there are any Playboy themed events at my University next term, I’m showing up as a bunny…
    …Frank from Donnie Darco.

  18. Arantxa said

    I’m pleased that the response from at least one of the University respresentatives does not dismiss your concerns. Education institutions have a duty to promote equality and that means not endorsing nor condoning events such as the one outlined above.

  19. Well Jen from Em Fems was sayign that the John Bell guy criticised her for complaining about the FHM High Street Honeys tour at Loughborough Uni, as she was apparently drawing bad attention to the uni… A Loughborough staff member also said that considering Loughborough Uni has had three Playboy mansion parties so far, that they only issued this statement to make out that they were concerned to the press, and to avoid litigation for using a copyright brand- Playboy.

    I don’t think they are that bothered otherwise they would have stopped Playboy Mansion parties ages ago, although we can now ensure they hold themselves to their word and no longer support Playboy.

  20. At Liverpool, in a club called Ice Bar, they have Playboy Pimp and Ho nights, but there’s people protesting against them.

  21. Grace said

    People really do think that the Playboy bunny is a completely harmless clothing brand don’t they? I mean seriously, they tell us to do our research – RESEARCH HEF and his disgusting lifestyle, attitude towards woman and general fascist nature! And no I don’t believe that him ‘sexually liberating’ a bunch of women in their early 20’s by letting them be his porn dolls, discounts him against being fascist.

    Birmingham have done it again with regard to cornering the UK pornstitution market…Tricky Dickys…*excuse me while I tend to the bruise on my head from banging it against the wall*.

    The only way I managed to survive the student porn obsession was by being the serial monogamist that I am, and missing the whole promiscuous sex side of things. I’m glad to say that Birmingham Uni has so far avoided lads mag/porn events, and the Union even fought to have a night where female students stripped for drinks under a ‘black bin liner’ while blindfolded onto to find it was a clear bin liner post-strip banned, in the Sports Cafe on Broad Street, and succeeded.

    Excellent news on the reply from the Uni…although it seems more like it was prompted by the “you are illegally using a copyrighted logo” a little bit. Means ends and all that.

    Stormy – I thought that about the poster too! Reminded me of something gyno related from Patch Adams which I wont spoil for people who haven’t seen it.

  22. Grace said

    Ooooh I forgot to tell you, we’re not allowed to say anything about women fighting for equal education rights anymore because there are women’s only colleges/universities in the world, so we have to moan about how men are kept out of women only educational establishments now. Funny though, at one time there were about 300 women only colleges in America, but in 1999 there were about 80…3 steps forward 2.2 steps back? Saddeningly I first heard someone complain about women only colleges on A Woman Against Feminism (not linking to her EVER).

  23. stormy said

    Strange how reminding the Uni about unauthorised use of copyrighted images of a multi-million dollar company got them a little nervous. I too doubt that it was solely the feminist protest, but the fear that Hef’s empire had a lot more legal clout.

    There are many themes that these clubs can use, but it seems that they only ever can come up with ideas revolving around sex, prostitution and pornography. Also note that for these ‘themed’ nights, the males (usually) just come dressed in normal street clothes.

    Anyway, isn’t university a time when most young adults should be growing up, rather than reverting to childhood playing ‘dressups’?

  24. Burns said

    All,

    I wonder if any of you went? This was a well attended event (+1000) which left the vast majority of the crowd happy and having had a good night. The male/female ratio was around 50%, with about half of each gender dressing up. It’s interesting to note that:

    there were more than 20 male, topless playboy bunnies,
    that there was no other nudity,
    the poledancing was carried out by fully clothed individuals
    the biggest hit of the night was the percussusionist
    the cheerleaders had several male performing members
    the dancers were both male and female
    the playboy photoshoot was a giant playboy cover which people could stand in front of, and was actually even more popular with the guys than the girls
    this was a good clean event, and was attended by various senior union commitee members – not to keep an eye on things, but because the last two were so damn much good fun!

    i appreciate that it used the playboy logo. there is also a magazine called play girl which features male models. to be quite honest neither i, nor any other guy i know gives a shit about that, and was very pleased to see several lads getting in the spirit by dressing up as male playboy bunnies

    to be quite honest, i’m all for male/female equility, but you lot just come accross as a moaning bunch of jokers. women do have it pretty damned good in this country – better than ever before, and better than 90% of the other countries in the world.

    we need people who are passionate about equal rights and savign lives, but don’t you think there are bigger issues in the world today? racial equalities? world hunger? aids or cancer charities? the poor political state our country is in – iraq, iran, afghanistan…?

    ironically, this event even gave a slice of the profits to the loughborough students’ rag and community action charities. so really of all the things for you to moan and bitch about, there’s far more important stuff out there.

  25. Burns said

    PS: since several elements of your original post are inaccurate (and therefore libellous), please could you remove them:

    “masturbation-obsessed American Pie-esque packs of young men and wannabe glamour models in charge of entertainment in a Student Union…”

    “live Playboy porn shoots”

    Thanks!

  26. Errr…no I won’t edit my post.

    Thanks for the account of the event. “20 topless men” out of 1000 attendees- wow…could it have been that it was just hot, so they took for their top off? Did you get a good look? Did they have a nice pair?

    You probably do care about women’s rights, aslong as you are able to gawp at their breasts and stick your dick into one whenever you want. Yeah that’s right women do have it good in this country…they just have to dress up as sex objects and give lapdances before any of you losers even recognise them as women.

    The truth is, that women don’t have it that good in this country
    -women are raped every day and failed by a criminal justice system that puts the right of your penis before women’s sexual autonomy.
    -women are beaten every day by their partners
    -women live in fear of being attacked by men
    -women still don’t have the right to an abortion on demand
    -women are still unequally represented in parliament and in positions of power
    -women still get paid less than men

    -and…women are routinely represented as sex objects that exist to service men.

    We are fighting for women’s equality, what are you doing? Of course it must be hard for a white, middle class, heterosexual male to see exploitation in front of his face. Don’t tell us to stop moaning and bitching when we tell you that glamourising the sex industry and reducing women to sex objects, is sexist and demeaning- you listen to us.

    I hope you enjoyed the Playboy Mansion 3 at Loughborough Uni, because it will be the last.

  27. Burns said

    Errr…no I won’t edit my post
    – then you are spreading lies which will only hurt your cause

    Thanks for the account of the event. “20 topless men” out of 1000 attendees- wow…could it have been that it was just hot, so they took for their top off?
    – no they were definitely in male bunny costume. there were also many other males in costume of some kind, however these were the most noteable in relation to this discussion.

    Did you get a good look? Did they have a nice pair?
    – i did. some of them were stacked with muscles and very toned (i guess the equivalent of a nice pair), others were quite skinny, but good on them for getting involved. not everyone goes to the gym.

    You probably do care about women’s rights, aslong as you are able to gawp at their breasts and stick your dick into one whenever you want.
    – not true. i don’t watch porn, read fhm etc, go to strip clubs, use prostitues or regularly go out ‘on the pull’. my night out are focused on good music and good friends. sure, it’s nice to see a good looking girl out, i’m sure girls enjoy looking at good looking guys.

    Yeah that’s right women do have it good in this country…they just have to dress up as sex objects and give lapdances before any of you losers even recognise them as women.
    – that’s obviously not true, or even the majority opinion of this country. there are many of professional women in the UK who have all got where they are through hard graft. I think everyone in the UK has heard the phrase don’t judge a book by its cover, and i think you are trying to portray any british criminal sex offences as a fundamental problem with the male psyche in britain. If anything it is the british justice system that has failed us, with many jails so full we simply can’t put people away. sentances are increasingly lenient for many crimes, and i believe that this is where you should direct your efforts if anywhere.

    The truth is, that women don’t have it that good in this country-women are raped every day and failed by a criminal justice system that puts the right of your penis before women’s sexual autonomy.
    – in that i think we can agree, the criminal justice system is poor. however i don’t think this a female rights issue alone.

    -women are beaten every day by their partners
    -women live in fear of being attacked by men
    -women still don’t have the right to an abortion on demand

    -and…women are routinely represented as sex objects that exist to service men.

    – I’m not going to deny that any of those things aren’t true. I’m sure that they are to some level. my point is, that in the UK alone there are far bigger issues. for example, homelessness, drink driving, smoking, alcohol abuse, general poor state of health etc…these have far greater impacts on lives in the UK. if you put your efforts towards these I’m sure you could do much greater good. as it is, you don’t come accross very well in this blog…you sound like you’re making a big fuss about nothing. for example, the video above just looks like a damn good night! it barely objectivises women at all, and spends a lot more time focused on the male djs that organised the night

    -women are still unequally represented in parliament and in positions of power
    – that is true, but I don’t think you can really link that to this playboy party though
    -women still get paid less than men
    – it is my understanding that it is illegal to pay a women less for doing the same job as a man, and that UK court claims in this area almost always move in favour of the woman, so if anyone ever finds out they are wronged in this way, its pretty easy to sort out.

    We are fighting for women’s equality, what are you doing? Of course it must be hard for a white, middle class, heterosexual male to see exploitation in front of his face. Don’t tell us to stop moaning and bitching when we tell you that glamourising the sex industry and reducing women to sex objects, is sexist and demeaning – you listen to us.
    – you might be fighting for women’s rights, but you come accross really badly. ordering me to listen isn’t really the best way to get through to someone. I appreciate that you are passionate about your cause – believe me that’s a fantastic thing in today’s world – but your strong, direct language and heavy use of sarcasm makes you come accross like a nutter and will not be attracting any symapthy from people “sitting on the fence” who are the best target for your cause. the fact that you won’t change your original post despite it being factually inaccurate also erodes your credibility. If you want to appeal to decent rational people, you need to do it on their level.

    I hope you enjoyed the Playboy Mansion 3 at Loughborough Uni, because it will be the last.
    – you are correct, the guy who is organising it is graduating this year, and the format is changing as the union are concerned about the use of the playboy logo. they are not changing it because they are concerned that it is corrupting young minds. I’m sure the union will continue with other nights (FHM / nuts whatever it was) that you will want to complain about. if you’re really bothered why don’t you print off a few leaflets with your key points on and pass them out at the event in calm and civilised manner? you’re much more likely to get through to people this way.

    Burns

  28. Arantxa said

    It doesn’t suit ‘Burns’ to reflect over the things you are putting across, Charlie, because it would mean considering the possibility that ‘Burns’ is engaging in and promoting sexism. ‘Burns’ is, it would seem, very keen to think of ‘Burns’ as a nice person and one that knows best.

  29. MaryTracy9 said

    “Student entertainment is so limited in providing for those who aren’t interested in drinking until you puke” (…) “There is no alternative when you find yourself 18 years old, no friends, far from home in a new city, but to get sucked into a binge and brawl fuck obsessed male dominated student night life, endorsed by the student union.”

    SO RIGHT!!! Thanks for saying it, I always thought I was the only one who felt that way!!!

    Now, regarding the whole “pole dancing” issue. It’s just morally wrong. Neither women nor men should do it. It’s not empowering, it’s not liberating. It’s reducing yourself to a sexual object, whose sole purpose is to serve the masturbatory fantasy of the one doing the watching. Whether you are coerced to do it, or choose to do it, it’s still wrong.

    And for the record, a woman can only “choose” so much. In a misogynistic, sex-obsessed society like ours, standing AGAINST all of these means ending up ALONE.

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