York Feminists challenge FHM Freebie
Posted by charliegrrl on October 17, 2007
Freshers week is when lads mags go into recruitment mode. Desperate to capitalise from the inaugaral week of partying and getting laid, they hold babe competitions and club nights, ensuring that they will be the magazine that student lads will buy to reassure themselves that men are not obsolete.
This year at York Unversity, Freshers were greeted with a goody bag at Freshers Fair. Men were given blue bags; women given pink bags…
The pink bags included cellulite cream, moisturiser, deoderant and a half-sized tin of baked beans…
The blue bags included a bar of chocolate, a copy of FHM and a full sized tin of baked beans!
What the fuck!
The Women’s Commitee at York University and the LGBT complained about this. The decision to hand out the bags was put to a vote within the Student Union, and passed by a majority of one.
…the bags clearly discriminate men from women, which is contrary to University and Student Union policy. Further,
the inclusion of a magazine considered to be sexist and misogynistic in the male packs is incredibly insensitive and disappointing. Additionally, placing FHM magazine in packs specifically aimed at males assumes that all male students are interested in consuming sexually explicit photographs of
women, thus discriminating against gay men and others who have no interest in nor desire to see such material.
Member of Women’s Committee York University
Unfortunately I recevied this info too late to complain prior to Freshers Week. I do think it is still worthwhile complaining to the Equal Opportunities Office of the York University.
Contact them at email@example.com
Full details and a model complain letter can be found here