LSE rugby misogynists: your feeble, misplaced apologies mean nothing
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This year the male rugby team of LSE (London School of Economics) handed out leaflets at their university fresher’s fair, only to have them withdrawn the very next day. The swift measure was necessary because this group of bright young students thought it apt to produce pamphlets of sexist, homophobic, classist vitriol. Scans of the leaflets have made their way onto Twitter for all to see, but here’s a quick round up of some of the most obnoxious gems (the leaflet taking the form of an urban dictionary – charming): "Strand Polytechnic: Affectionate name given to our rivals across the road (King’s College London). Quite simply put they are scum and they will all have to work for us one day.’ Hockey, Netball and Rugby Birds: Beast-like women who play sport just so they can come out with us on Wednesdays, and don’t let them tell you otherwise.’ Gary: Ancient terminology of contentious origins meaning to chat up a trollop. E.g “I’m putting in the ‘gary groundwork’ with this netball slag.” According to the Daily Mail another section of the leaflet stated that initiations would not tolerate ‘poly activities that involve faeces, genitalia, and outright homosexual debauchery’. The pamphlet also describes how one committee member embodies all the club’s values, constituting ‘debauchery, hedonism and misogyny.’ Following a wave of complaints and condemnation from across the university and beyond, the leaflet was pulled and the club has issued a predictably limited apology in the LSE magazine The Beaver. ‘(The leaflet) contained inexcusably offensive and stigmatising language and we would like to make it clear that this absolutely does not reflect the views and values of our club.’ Note the attempt here to insist that a published leaflet claiming to reveal the very values of the club apparently reflects none of the values of said club. I, for one, often produce highly edited literature with my friends setting out strong views we hold, just for fun. I then enjoy distributing these texts among crowds of young, receptive people, even though they reflect none, yes none, of my actual values. ‘LSE Men’s Rugby does not tolerate misogyny, racism, homophobia or prejudice of any description and the Club remains committed to the LSE’s equal opportunities policy.’ They do, however, publish it.
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