Most of you who are on Instagram have probably noticed something going on around a certain post. Now, we as the student website were debating if we want to discuss it on here and if so, how to best approach it. We decided that it would be good to do multiple articles. We are a news outlet for the University and therefore want to stay informative to a certain extent, however, as we are student run and our goal is to give students a voice, we will also have some opinion pieces published in the near future regarding this situation.
I want to point out that everything said in this article (apart from quotes) are my views and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Crow’s Nest as a society, the GSU or the University of Greenwich.
The post in question was uploaded (and has since been deleted) to an Instagram account where students can send in confessions which will be posted anonymously. This one read: “And if I had a penny for every time a girl dresses half naked just to get attention from the lads, I’d be a fucking millionaire. So stop complaining about being hit on because we all know that’s what you lowkey want.” Comments under the post were mixed with some people agreeing to the point made and others pointing out that the account actively promoted rape culture by posting something like this.
Actively speaking out against it first was the Feminism Society. They posted on their story and on their account saying: “This behaviour is disgusting, repulsive, and does not belong on our campuses. Rape culture is a societal problem that promotes sexual assault, sexual violence, and rape. We are saddened to know that Greenwich students actively state and support ideas like this, and we will not let this continue anymore.” People reposted the story and showed their solidarity and support in the comment section of the FemSoc Instagram. Shortly after, the FemSoc posted another controversial post (“I have a thing for petite Asian birds, help me find one? They’re quite a rare species.”) uploaded to the Instagram page in question and pointed out that the page was “continuously supporting sexism, rape culture, as well as racism.” One student commented saying that “women are not pokemon.”
Since the backlash, the two original posts have been deleted and the Instagram page has posted an apology on their story saying that it was not their intention to hurt anyone.
By Anne Blombach
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