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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Union: email@example.com
**Edit[ 29/05/07] see comment 16 for the response from the Vice Chancellor’s Office at Loughborough Uni**