No right-thinking person could condone the frosh-week chants that were exposed at at least two Canadian universities in the past few days.
For years, St. Mary’s University and UBC’s Sauder Business School students have shouted out about “no-consent” sex with underage girls. The chants are likely meant to be raucous and irreverent rather than serious, but they are, nonetheless, alarming.
The pro-rape chants have drawn criticism and forced the resignation of a student leader at
St. Mary’s. The UBC incident is still under investigation.
What’s to investigate? If these chants were aimed at another group, religious or ethnic, they would have been quashed ages ago.
But somehow, because women are the target, it’s not taken seriously.
Interestingly, the nasty chants were exposed after the summer airwaves were filled with Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines — a song rife with woman-hating lyrics and a video that includes topless women in flesh-coloured G-strings prancing around three fully-clothed men.
While you can easily find Blurred Lines in all its nudity on YouTube, the reply video done by some University of Auckland law students was removed for being inappropriate, even though it contained less flesh — just men in their Calvin Klein tidy whities. Less nudity, more offense.
Defined Lines was taken off YouTube because users felt it was inappropriate, but was later
This is the culture that surrounds youth in their teens and 20s. The chants and the video are just two examples of how young women are still objectified and sexualized.
Imagine being a female student at St. Mary’s listening to that chanting. Imagine being a sexual assault victim and watching Thicke’s video.
Do university students need to chant about raping underage girls? Does Robin Thicke need bare breasts in his video?
You can still have fun, be irreverent even, and not make references to rape. You can have a catchy, top-10 tune without degrading women.
The universities are under pressure to clean up their acts. Perhaps it’s time to put pressure on the music industry to follow suit.
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