In early November, New Zealand news agencies began reporting on the ‘Roast Busters,’ a group of boys whose Facebook page and other webpages bragged about having sex with often drunk and underaged girls—and therefore effectively bragging about rape—even going so far as to name the girls.
I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are – Homer Simpson
Personally, I could not be more privileged. I am a straight white male. If you want to discriminate against me, you’re gonna have to start calling me specky. I am in a good position when it comes to physical traits that cannot be changed. This doesn’t mean that I, or anyone else in my position, or anyone who is in the exact opposite of my position, cannot identify as a feminist. Sure, women have the vote. Yeah, they are allowed to show their ankles now without being labelled too much of a harlot. I can’t, however, think of a year that has passed where feminism has not been necessary; where some sort of activism has not been needed to show that women are still treated poorly, or that women are dictated to about their issues by men, or that they are somehow blamed for things that happen to them.
If you have read a paper, watched the news, or been on campus at all over the past few months, you will be aware of both the Yes Scotland and Better Together campaigns involved in the future of Scotland. The facts are these: there will be a referendum on Scottish independence towards the end of 2014; if successful, Scotland would become independent by 2016. The question will be ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’
The chances are you will have heard about the recent sexual assaults that have taken place close to campus. The BBC posted an article online, the SRC sent us all an email, and the story was passed around Facebook like a Kony 2012 video. People naturally responded. Loudly.
For a sport known more for their massive behemoths flying through the air, crashing into each other with the might of titans than their movements towards ensuring gender equality, American Football has taken their first step towards embracing the chance of women to play the sport professionally. “Times are changing,” explained the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, when the ban was lifted in December 2011. “The military is about to allow women into combat. If women are going to be fighting on the battlefield, how can we stop them from participating in football? It’s not fair.”
Needless to say, it has split opinion.