'Lads' and their 'Banter'
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In today’s society many would argue that gender equality has come a long way. Women are no longer required to have one wrist handcuffed to the oven, the other arm cradling a baby whilst both feet mop the floor. Both men and women have come to learn this. In 1970 an equal pay act was introduced in order for women to be paid exactly the same as men for doing the same job. In 1994 laws were passed to make the act of marital rape illegal. Just last year, Kate Middleton announced that she would not have the line: ‘I promise to obey’ in the royal wedding ceremony. So we have come a long way, right? How is it then, that the actions of a handful of misogynist male students can make the nation lose faith that we have made any progress since the ‘olden days’? At the beginning of February website ‘UniLad’ was shut downafter it allegedly supported rape. UniLad, which describes itself as ‘the number one university student lad’s magazine and guide to getting laid’, was forced to close by the NUS after publishing an article entitled ‘Sexual Mathematics’. The following quote caused the uproar which led to the site's closure: ‘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... UniLad does not condone rape without saying ‘surprise’’
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