UniLad shuts down over 'rape' articleby Rachel Morris
at Cardiff University 02nd February 2012 10:00:00
Online student lads magazine UniLad has shut down amidst a furore caused by an article that appears to be supporting rape.
The article caused a backlash from students on Twitter, and kick-started attacks on the nature of other content on the site.
UniLad, which calls itself the “number one university student lad’s magazine and guide to getting laid”, was forced to be pulled down by the NUS after the article “Sexual Mathematics” was published.
The article included quotes such as:
“And if the girl you’ve taken for a drink happens to belong to the ‘25%’ group and won’t ‘spread for your head’, think about this mathematical statistic: 85% of rape cases go unreported.
That seems to be fairly good odds.”
It later goes on to state that:
“Uni Lad does not condone rape without saying ‘surprise’.”
A t-shirt also deemed to be promoting rape was added to their shop online stating “Keep Calm It Won’t Take Long”.
But this piece is by no means the onlyUniLad article which has caused uproar. One piece entitled “The Zebra Abortion” seemingly implies violence to women, it stating,
"In a state of superhuman strength I lift her up and finish all over her back. I tell her she needs to take the morning after pill, to which she replies “No I want to keep it.”
I vividly remember considering performing an elbow drop on her vagina right there and then. End the madness with a People’s elbow. I then look around the room for a chair or table I can smash onto her stomach."
Alana Tortuga published a Facebook note called 'Complain about UniLad and get the pigs shut down' outlining the various examples of offensive material published by the lads mag. The note also tells of where to complain, urging those reading to do all they can to shut the site down permanently.
This campaign can be found by following the link http://www.facebook.com/notes/alana-tortuga/complain-about-unilad-and-get-the-pigs-shut-down/160320884079701.
UniLad have consequently posted an apology on their site and social networking sites.
“We do appreciate where you are coming from with your points, hence forth, an immediate change in material,” said the site.
They claim they will be back up and running soon but with a change of material, taking more care in what they allow to be published in the future.