Students call for "Blurred Lines" song ban

Essex County Standard: Students call for "Blurred Lines" song ban Students call for "Blurred Lines" song ban

A PETITION has been launched by Essex uni students aiming to ban a song they claim glamourises rape.

It has attracted 37 signatures calling for Robin Thicke's ‘Blurred Lines’ to be removed from Student Union playlists.

The number one hit, which features Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., features suggestive lyrics such as ‘I know you want it’.

It has already been banned by Edinburgh and Leeds Universities.

It is not known which student created the petition.

Becky Fisher, president of the University of Essex Students’ Union said they would review the students' concerns once student members return to University next week.

She added: “We’ve done a lot of excellent work in this area in recent years, including our zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, the banning of lads mags and page three in the Campus Shop and not running theme nights or advertising that objectifies women.”

Robin Thicke has defended the lyrics to NME magazine claiming they have been misconstrued.

He said: “We were just trying to put people on the dance floor and have a good time.

“If you listen to the lyrics it says 'that man is not your maker' so it's actually feminist movement within itself."

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10:03am Tue 24 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Great video though.
Great video though. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 7

10:28am Tue 24 Sep 13

nick2480 says...

grow up.
grow up. nick2480
  • Score: -6

10:36am Tue 24 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

nick2480 wrote:
grow up.
Never.
[quote][p][bold]nick2480[/bold] wrote: grow up.[/p][/quote]Never. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 14

10:49am Tue 24 Sep 13

Jack222 says...

Don't ban it; just don't listen to it if you don't like it. Banning things you disagree with is the start of a very slippery slope. Are you, for example, going to listen to every single popsong ever to work out which should be heard?
Don't ban it; just don't listen to it if you don't like it. Banning things you disagree with is the start of a very slippery slope. Are you, for example, going to listen to every single popsong ever to work out which should be heard? Jack222
  • Score: 17

10:50am Tue 24 Sep 13

Jack222 says...

In fact the more publicity you give him the more people will want to hear it -...
In fact the more publicity you give him the more people will want to hear it -... Jack222
  • Score: 11

10:56am Tue 24 Sep 13

zt00013 says...

This song does not even talk about rape. The blurred lines section is a reference to a changing relationship with someone else. It does have sexually explicit lyrics and that is about it. This is quite literally a case of hysterical feminists dictating the narrative. Everyone just assumes the song condones rape. You are a dim wit if you think this song has anything to do with rape.
This song does not even talk about rape. The blurred lines section is a reference to a changing relationship with someone else. It does have sexually explicit lyrics and that is about it. This is quite literally a case of hysterical feminists dictating the narrative. Everyone just assumes the song condones rape. You are a dim wit if you think this song has anything to do with rape. zt00013
  • Score: 27

11:01am Tue 24 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

zt00013 wrote:
This song does not even talk about rape. The blurred lines section is a reference to a changing relationship with someone else. It does have sexually explicit lyrics and that is about it. This is quite literally a case of hysterical feminists dictating the narrative. Everyone just assumes the song condones rape. You are a dim wit if you think this song has anything to do with rape.
Becky Fisher sounds like a real killjoy.
[quote][p][bold]zt00013[/bold] wrote: This song does not even talk about rape. The blurred lines section is a reference to a changing relationship with someone else. It does have sexually explicit lyrics and that is about it. This is quite literally a case of hysterical feminists dictating the narrative. Everyone just assumes the song condones rape. You are a dim wit if you think this song has anything to do with rape.[/p][/quote]Becky Fisher sounds like a real killjoy. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 17

11:27am Tue 24 Sep 13

co4 says...

37 signatures out of 11,000 students? I bet Mr. Thicke is bricking it. Has Becky Fisher campaigned to have all the womens magazines which objectify men removed from the campus shops too? I doubt it. I think I speak for the entire male population of the world, (barring the ones Fisher has brainwashed) when I say that hearing this song - and believe me, unless you've been living on the moon for 6 months you will have heard it - I have not once felt like committing any sort of crime.
37 signatures out of 11,000 students? I bet Mr. Thicke is bricking it. Has Becky Fisher campaigned to have all the womens magazines which objectify men removed from the campus shops too? I doubt it. I think I speak for the entire male population of the world, (barring the ones Fisher has brainwashed) when I say that hearing this song - and believe me, unless you've been living on the moon for 6 months you will have heard it - I have not once felt like committing any sort of crime. co4
  • Score: 30

11:43am Tue 24 Sep 13

irememberwhen says...

Is Robin Thicke the new Eminem?
Is Robin Thicke the new Eminem? irememberwhen
  • Score: -4

11:53am Tue 24 Sep 13

zt00013 says...

co4 wrote:
37 signatures out of 11,000 students? I bet Mr. Thicke is bricking it. Has Becky Fisher campaigned to have all the womens magazines which objectify men removed from the campus shops too? I doubt it. I think I speak for the entire male population of the world, (barring the ones Fisher has brainwashed) when I say that hearing this song - and believe me, unless you've been living on the moon for 6 months you will have heard it - I have not once felt like committing any sort of crime.
Precisely, removing only men's magazines that 'objectify' women is the most blatant form of sexism. The women's magazines are as bad, my housemate reads them and they are an absolute shock. Every page is littered with micro-analysis of a womens body and how it is full of flaws, of course nonsense. I have never seen such denigrating rants in lads mag.
[quote][p][bold]co4[/bold] wrote: 37 signatures out of 11,000 students? I bet Mr. Thicke is bricking it. Has Becky Fisher campaigned to have all the womens magazines which objectify men removed from the campus shops too? I doubt it. I think I speak for the entire male population of the world, (barring the ones Fisher has brainwashed) when I say that hearing this song - and believe me, unless you've been living on the moon for 6 months you will have heard it - I have not once felt like committing any sort of crime.[/p][/quote]Precisely, removing only men's magazines that 'objectify' women is the most blatant form of sexism. The women's magazines are as bad, my housemate reads them and they are an absolute shock. Every page is littered with micro-analysis of a womens body and how it is full of flaws, of course nonsense. I have never seen such denigrating rants in lads mag. zt00013
  • Score: 8

1:56pm Tue 24 Sep 13

chuffster says...

Becky Fisher, pictured yesterday.. http://lowres-pictur
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Becky Fisher, pictured yesterday.. http://lowres-pictur ecabinet.com.s3-eu-w est-1.amazonaws.com/ 47/main/1/148963.jpg chuffster
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1:57pm Tue 24 Sep 13

chuffster says...

chuffster wrote:
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[quote][p][bold]chuffster[/bold] wrote: Becky Fisher, pictured yesterday.. http://lowres-pictur ecabinet.com.s3-eu-w est-1.amazonaws.com/ 47/main/1/148963.jpg[/p][/quote]http://lowres-pictur ecabinet.com.s3-eu-w est-1.amazonaws.com/ 47/main/1/148963.jpg chuffster
  • Score: 1

2:34pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Students need these sort of pointless causes to keep them occupied. If it wasn't this, they would be selling Socialist Worker or doing fun runs to sponsor a goat in Africa. Young Becky will have plenty of time to reflect on this when she is at home baking cakes for her husband and kids in a few years time...
Students need these sort of pointless causes to keep them occupied. If it wasn't this, they would be selling Socialist Worker or doing fun runs to sponsor a goat in Africa. Young Becky will have plenty of time to reflect on this when she is at home baking cakes for her husband and kids in a few years time... Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 13

2:49pm Tue 24 Sep 13

zt00013 says...

Bert_Stimpson wrote:
Students need these sort of pointless causes to keep them occupied. If it wasn't this, they would be selling Socialist Worker or doing fun runs to sponsor a goat in Africa. Young Becky will have plenty of time to reflect on this when she is at home baking cakes for her husband and kids in a few years time...
Stupid comment.
[quote][p][bold]Bert_Stimpson[/bold] wrote: Students need these sort of pointless causes to keep them occupied. If it wasn't this, they would be selling Socialist Worker or doing fun runs to sponsor a goat in Africa. Young Becky will have plenty of time to reflect on this when she is at home baking cakes for her husband and kids in a few years time...[/p][/quote]Stupid comment. zt00013
  • Score: -11

3:17pm Tue 24 Sep 13

disambiguation says...

Bunch of hippies
Bunch of hippies disambiguation
  • Score: 9

3:26pm Tue 24 Sep 13

dhd says...

Becky Fisher there a lot worse things going on the world to worry about.
Becky Fisher there a lot worse things going on the world to worry about. dhd
  • Score: 13

3:38pm Tue 24 Sep 13

craigie123 says...

How stupid is Becky Fisher if they started playing R Kelly song Bump and Grind or Outhere Brothers Wiggle Wiggle at the uni nightclubs she will have a heart attack
How stupid is Becky Fisher if they started playing R Kelly song Bump and Grind or Outhere Brothers Wiggle Wiggle at the uni nightclubs she will have a heart attack craigie123
  • Score: 10

3:46pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Feisty CBC says...

I wonder if any of these women clean behind their fridges?
I wonder if any of these women clean behind their fridges? Feisty CBC
  • Score: 8

3:48pm Tue 24 Sep 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

They all sound a bit Thicke.
They all sound a bit Thicke. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 12

3:56pm Tue 24 Sep 13

pembury53 says...

banned songs usually end up very sucessful, so thankfully counter productive for those hell bent on censorship.....
banned songs usually end up very sucessful, so thankfully counter productive for those hell bent on censorship..... pembury53
  • Score: 6

4:11pm Tue 24 Sep 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Clearly "broadmindedness" doesnt figure on the curriculum these days.
Clearly "broadmindedness" doesnt figure on the curriculum these days. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 5

4:13pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Kim Gandy says...

What about sexism and stereotyping of men? It's OK for programmes like, say, Loose Women, to criticise and make derogatory comments about men. It's OK for advertisers to degrade them too. So what happened to equality? As for ****, the **** industry mainly exploits men not women, as the majority of users of **** are men who will pay through the nose for mags, films, clubs and chatlines. I am not decrying men for doing that. Quite frankly, **** between consenting adults and NOT weird stuff that has anything to do with kids or animals, rape or anything illegal, is fine. Let people get on with it.

Feminists are usually raving lefties and the majority of them that I have encountered look like the back of a bus anyway,

There are lots of songs, films, tv programmes and books that COULD be misconstrued as bigging up things like rape but it's all down to individual interpretation.

Explicit references to rape or illegal acts should quite rightly be condemned. But lyrics and words that are open to wide interpretation by the politically correct brigade are another matter entirely.

The pc brigade find absolutely anything offensive these days. Personally I find them offensive.

Feminists do not speak for me.

The Harriet Harmans of this world are an anathema to me.
What about sexism and stereotyping of men? It's OK for programmes like, say, Loose Women, to criticise and make derogatory comments about men. It's OK for advertisers to degrade them too. So what happened to equality? As for ****, the **** industry mainly exploits men not women, as the majority of users of **** are men who will pay through the nose for mags, films, clubs and chatlines. I am not decrying men for doing that. Quite frankly, **** between consenting adults and NOT weird stuff that has anything to do with kids or animals, rape or anything illegal, is fine. Let people get on with it. Feminists are usually raving lefties and the majority of them that I have encountered look like the back of a bus anyway, There are lots of songs, films, tv programmes and books that COULD be misconstrued as bigging up things like rape but it's all down to individual interpretation. Explicit references to rape or illegal acts should quite rightly be condemned. But lyrics and words that are open to wide interpretation by the politically correct brigade are another matter entirely. The pc brigade find absolutely anything offensive these days. Personally I find them offensive. Feminists do not speak for me. The Harriet Harmans of this world are an anathema to me. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

4:26pm Tue 24 Sep 13

emcee says...

This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have read in ages. "Lets ban something because we do not like it". Besides, how on earth are they going to ban it, search each and every playlist on each and every mobile phone or music player? What will they do if they found a student listening to the song? For goodness sake, come on. Sounds like 37 people have nothing better to worry about.... their education, for a start.
This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have read in ages. "Lets ban something because we do not like it". Besides, how on earth are they going to ban it, search each and every playlist on each and every mobile phone or music player? What will they do if they found a student listening to the song? For goodness sake, come on. Sounds like 37 people have nothing better to worry about.... their education, for a start. emcee
  • Score: 20

4:30pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Thecountrysgonetopot! says...

Well im female and i LOVE this song.....some people seriously need to get a life, if you dont like it DONT LISTEN TO IT love!
Well im female and i LOVE this song.....some people seriously need to get a life, if you dont like it DONT LISTEN TO IT love! Thecountrysgonetopot!
  • Score: 17

4:39pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Kim Gandy says...

Ritchie Hicks, I agree. Makes me squirm. I have seen clips from it and they were enough. The majority of the presenters are in my age group and do not represent real women at all.

I just can't be doing with any form of "reality" TV and "celeb" shows.

I believe in REAL equality, good manners all round, men opening doors for women, women opening doors for men.. etc.

There are too many diktats coming from the control freaks of the Left and the more we ignore the screeching harridans of the pc brigade the better it will be.
Ritchie Hicks, I agree. Makes me squirm. I have seen clips from it and they were enough. The majority of the presenters are in my age group and do not represent real women at all. I just can't be doing with any form of "reality" TV and "celeb" shows. I believe in REAL equality, good manners all round, men opening doors for women, women opening doors for men.. etc. There are too many diktats coming from the control freaks of the Left and the more we ignore the screeching harridans of the pc brigade the better it will be. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Tue 24 Sep 13

romantic says...

To be fair to Becky Fisher, the story does suggest that she is not the one who has started this petition. She is saying that they will look at it when everyone gets back.

I just watched the video for the song. Twice. Doesn´t seem any better or worse than large swathes of current music. If you´re opposed to this song, then you´ll probably be offended by half the stuff that is likely to be played.

I remember when they used to ban songs from radio 1, and of course they ended up being purchased as an act of rebellion. Yes, there is a case for banning something which is explicitly racist or offensive. The problem is that "offensive" is a fairly subjective term. My maiden aunt would be offended by almost every music video out now. The average 18 year old, like it or not, has already got several years of console violence and Internet **** under their belt. One more song will not make them a rapist unless that propensity is already there.

The role of the SU at this stage, when lots of new students turn up, should be more about making sure they´re safe, especially in the first few weeks. Try to make sure new students understand that not everyone is sweetenss and light. Keep an eye on each other while getting hammered. The danger of rape doesn´t come from this song, but it does come with some 18 year old who´s left home for the first time, doesn´t know her way around very well and is wandering around drunk. SU and other students have to keep an eye on people if they look vulnerable.
To be fair to Becky Fisher, the story does suggest that she is not the one who has started this petition. She is saying that they will look at it when everyone gets back. I just watched the video for the song. Twice. Doesn´t seem any better or worse than large swathes of current music. If you´re opposed to this song, then you´ll probably be offended by half the stuff that is likely to be played. I remember when they used to ban songs from radio 1, and of course they ended up being purchased as an act of rebellion. Yes, there is a case for banning something which is explicitly racist or offensive. The problem is that "offensive" is a fairly subjective term. My maiden aunt would be offended by almost every music video out now. The average 18 year old, like it or not, has already got several years of console violence and Internet **** under their belt. One more song will not make them a rapist unless that propensity is already there. The role of the SU at this stage, when lots of new students turn up, should be more about making sure they´re safe, especially in the first few weeks. Try to make sure new students understand that not everyone is sweetenss and light. Keep an eye on each other while getting hammered. The danger of rape doesn´t come from this song, but it does come with some 18 year old who´s left home for the first time, doesn´t know her way around very well and is wandering around drunk. SU and other students have to keep an eye on people if they look vulnerable. romantic
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Ritchie Hicks, I agree. Makes me squirm. I have seen clips from it and they were enough. The majority of the presenters are in my age group and do not represent real women at all.

I just can't be doing with any form of "reality" TV and "celeb" shows.

I believe in REAL equality, good manners all round, men opening doors for women, women opening doors for men.. etc.

There are too many diktats coming from the control freaks of the Left and the more we ignore the screeching harridans of the pc brigade the better it will be.
I opened a door for a lady last month and she had a go at me and told me it was rude for suggesting she couldn't manage it herself!!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Ritchie Hicks, I agree. Makes me squirm. I have seen clips from it and they were enough. The majority of the presenters are in my age group and do not represent real women at all. I just can't be doing with any form of "reality" TV and "celeb" shows. I believe in REAL equality, good manners all round, men opening doors for women, women opening doors for men.. etc. There are too many diktats coming from the control freaks of the Left and the more we ignore the screeching harridans of the pc brigade the better it will be.[/p][/quote]I opened a door for a lady last month and she had a go at me and told me it was rude for suggesting she couldn't manage it herself!! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Kim Gandy says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Ritchie Hicks, I agree. Makes me squirm. I have seen clips from it and they were enough. The majority of the presenters are in my age group and do not represent real women at all.

I just can't be doing with any form of "reality" TV and "celeb" shows.

I believe in REAL equality, good manners all round, men opening doors for women, women opening doors for men.. etc.

There are too many diktats coming from the control freaks of the Left and the more we ignore the screeching harridans of the pc brigade the better it will be.
I opened a door for a lady last month and she had a go at me and told me it was rude for suggesting she couldn't manage it herself!!
Then she was a rude and moronic individual. I am always grateful to anyone who shows me courtesy and am usually courteous myself - to either sex.

The internet has a lot to answer for because on here people can hide behind anonymity.

If you opened the door for me I would smile and say thankyou.

The woman you encountered would have been a rude leftie. They are always discourteous to anyone who they deem to be "patronising" them.

That's just downright rude.

We will have REAL equality when everybody respects others' views and shows them the basic common courtesies. I grew up in that sort of environment with a Yorkshire family that valued REAL freedom of speech - and manners. Basically I work on the principle of giving people a fair hearing and treating them with the same degree of respect they treat me - whatever level that is. I do not suffer fools.

Getting back to the subject matter, this is the reason why we all interpret things differently.

However, commonsense usually tells us what is right and what is wrong and in the case of "wrong" there is always the "off" button.

If something is glorifying violence and illegal acts of any kind it should be immediately reported to the police... who will most likely take months to investigate.

You can't win really.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Ritchie Hicks, I agree. Makes me squirm. I have seen clips from it and they were enough. The majority of the presenters are in my age group and do not represent real women at all. I just can't be doing with any form of "reality" TV and "celeb" shows. I believe in REAL equality, good manners all round, men opening doors for women, women opening doors for men.. etc. There are too many diktats coming from the control freaks of the Left and the more we ignore the screeching harridans of the pc brigade the better it will be.[/p][/quote]I opened a door for a lady last month and she had a go at me and told me it was rude for suggesting she couldn't manage it herself!![/p][/quote]Then she was a rude and moronic individual. I am always grateful to anyone who shows me courtesy and am usually courteous myself - to either sex. The internet has a lot to answer for because on here people can hide behind anonymity. If you opened the door for me I would smile and say thankyou. The woman you encountered would have been a rude leftie. They are always discourteous to anyone who they deem to be "patronising" them. That's just downright rude. We will have REAL equality when everybody respects others' views and shows them the basic common courtesies. I grew up in that sort of environment with a Yorkshire family that valued REAL freedom of speech - and manners. Basically I work on the principle of giving people a fair hearing and treating them with the same degree of respect they treat me - whatever level that is. I do not suffer fools. Getting back to the subject matter, this is the reason why we all interpret things differently. However, commonsense usually tells us what is right and what is wrong and in the case of "wrong" there is always the "off" button. If something is glorifying violence and illegal acts of any kind it should be immediately reported to the police... who will most likely take months to investigate. You can't win really. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

5:39pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Baker-Boy says...

Can't believe the story to be honest the last artist that made get up and commint a crime was black lace those dance moves are criminal.
Can't believe the story to be honest the last artist that made get up and commint a crime was black lace those dance moves are criminal. Baker-Boy
  • Score: 3

5:49pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Blind Haze says...

I bet they still listen to American rappers who want to 'pop a cap in yo ****' though.

Stick the Guns N Roses song 'One In A Million' on though and you'll have something to complain about.
I bet they still listen to American rappers who want to 'pop a cap in yo ****' though. Stick the Guns N Roses song 'One In A Million' on though and you'll have something to complain about. Blind Haze
  • Score: 2

5:51pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Blind Haze says...

In all seriousness though, this song is played on the radio and is popular with a varying audience. Seems to me that it's just a few loud voices with nothing to say.
In all seriousness though, this song is played on the radio and is popular with a varying audience. Seems to me that it's just a few loud voices with nothing to say. Blind Haze
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Tue 24 Sep 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Romantic 4.47 - tosh! If someone is that thick, they shouldnt be at Uni. And as for "getting hammered"...again, are they not responsible? When I went to uni, we couldnt afford that party lifestyle anyway and had too great a fear of debt to do anything about it.
Romantic 4.47 - tosh! If someone is that thick, they shouldnt be at Uni. And as for "getting hammered"...again, are they not responsible? When I went to uni, we couldnt afford that party lifestyle anyway and had too great a fear of debt to do anything about it. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: -4

7:37pm Tue 24 Sep 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

infact this really is a non story in the true sense of the words...its an internal story for the university and its students, it has Zero bearing on the rest of us.
infact this really is a non story in the true sense of the words...its an internal story for the university and its students, it has Zero bearing on the rest of us. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

9:30am Wed 25 Sep 13

romantic says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Romantic 4.47 - tosh! If someone is that thick, they shouldnt be at Uni. And as for "getting hammered"...again, are they not responsible? When I went to uni, we couldnt afford that party lifestyle anyway and had too great a fear of debt to do anything about it.
It´s not really a question of being "thick", perhaps more a question of being aware of potential dangers. I was a student, albeit back in the 80s, and remember the excesses of Freshers´Week. Some students are "street-wise", some are not. Some have scarcely ever been anywhere without their parents. Suddenly, they get to Uni, bit of money in their pocket, drinks flowing. My point is that they can be vulnerable, especially if they barely know their way around the campus. I´m not saying they need to be watched like hawks, just that fellow students need to look out for each other a bit.

Not every student gets hammered during the first couple of weeks, but plenty will do. It doesn´t mean they are irresponsible people in every way.

Just because they have a bit of a party in Freshers Week doesn´t mean they are living the "party lifestyle".

I remember at least one rape case on the campus in the past year or two, and I´m sure there have been other sexual assaults on students, on and off campus. It happens. Better that students are aware that being at Uni is not some bubble separated from the outside world. The rapist doesn´t come with a big badge saying so. New students don´t need to be totally paranoid, but they do need to avoid being alone, lost and drunk.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: Romantic 4.47 - tosh! If someone is that thick, they shouldnt be at Uni. And as for "getting hammered"...again, are they not responsible? When I went to uni, we couldnt afford that party lifestyle anyway and had too great a fear of debt to do anything about it.[/p][/quote]It´s not really a question of being "thick", perhaps more a question of being aware of potential dangers. I was a student, albeit back in the 80s, and remember the excesses of Freshers´Week. Some students are "street-wise", some are not. Some have scarcely ever been anywhere without their parents. Suddenly, they get to Uni, bit of money in their pocket, drinks flowing. My point is that they can be vulnerable, especially if they barely know their way around the campus. I´m not saying they need to be watched like hawks, just that fellow students need to look out for each other a bit. Not every student gets hammered during the first couple of weeks, but plenty will do. It doesn´t mean they are irresponsible people in every way. Just because they have a bit of a party in Freshers Week doesn´t mean they are living the "party lifestyle". I remember at least one rape case on the campus in the past year or two, and I´m sure there have been other sexual assaults on students, on and off campus. It happens. Better that students are aware that being at Uni is not some bubble separated from the outside world. The rapist doesn´t come with a big badge saying so. New students don´t need to be totally paranoid, but they do need to avoid being alone, lost and drunk. romantic
  • Score: 7

9:45am Wed 25 Sep 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

They are 18 and not babys anymore i reckon they have all had a drink and a smoke, been out and about already, times have changed.

will they ban X-box's also i wonder.
They are 18 and not babys anymore i reckon they have all had a drink and a smoke, been out and about already, times have changed. will they ban X-box's also i wonder. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

10:10am Wed 25 Sep 13

wormshero says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Romantic 4.47 - tosh! If someone is that thick, they shouldnt be at Uni. And as for "getting hammered"...again, are they not responsible? When I went to uni, we couldnt afford that party lifestyle anyway and had too great a fear of debt to do anything about it.
I'm against banning songs (or most "art" for that matter, even if this crap is bordering on the edge of what I can bring myself to call art), but I take issue with your "are they not responsible?" line - maybe I'm missing context but are you basically blaming the victim for being raped? Shouldn't we all have the right and ability to enjoy ourselves without being abused? Passing the blame on to the victim is pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: Romantic 4.47 - tosh! If someone is that thick, they shouldnt be at Uni. And as for "getting hammered"...again, are they not responsible? When I went to uni, we couldnt afford that party lifestyle anyway and had too great a fear of debt to do anything about it.[/p][/quote]I'm against banning songs (or most "art" for that matter, even if this crap is bordering on the edge of what I can bring myself to call art), but I take issue with your "are they not responsible?" line - maybe I'm missing context but are you basically blaming the victim for being raped? Shouldn't we all have the right and ability to enjoy ourselves without being abused? Passing the blame on to the victim is pathetic. wormshero
  • Score: 2

10:52am Wed 25 Sep 13

MattBell says...

Students wanting to ban things seems dumb. Students should never want to ban anything. Old people yes, students NO!
Students wanting to ban things seems dumb. Students should never want to ban anything. Old people yes, students NO! MattBell
  • Score: 2

2:30pm Wed 25 Sep 13

icecoolmark says...

This song was released in March this year, banning it after 7 months would be a bit pointless anyway.
This song was released in March this year, banning it after 7 months would be a bit pointless anyway. icecoolmark
  • Score: 5

2:48pm Wed 25 Sep 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

icecoolmark wrote:
This song was released in March this year, banning it after 7 months would be a bit pointless anyway.
LOL
[quote][p][bold]icecoolmark[/bold] wrote: This song was released in March this year, banning it after 7 months would be a bit pointless anyway.[/p][/quote]LOL Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Wed 25 Sep 13

emcee says...

MattBell wrote:
Students wanting to ban things seems dumb. Students should never want to ban anything. Old people yes, students NO!
Students do like to play at being grown ups occassionally. Students are also bandwagon jumpers and will jump onto any cause that is popular at the time. Peer pressure, popularity and a sense of belonging are likely to be the main things that would normally lead a student to get involved in these protests, not any deep felt concerns.
[quote][p][bold]MattBell[/bold] wrote: Students wanting to ban things seems dumb. Students should never want to ban anything. Old people yes, students NO![/p][/quote]Students do like to play at being grown ups occassionally. Students are also bandwagon jumpers and will jump onto any cause that is popular at the time. Peer pressure, popularity and a sense of belonging are likely to be the main things that would normally lead a student to get involved in these protests, not any deep felt concerns. emcee
  • Score: 9

4:08pm Wed 25 Sep 13

canveygirl18 says...

features suggestive lyrics such as ‘I know you want it’.

What if they're just offering cake?
features suggestive lyrics such as ‘I know you want it’. What if they're just offering cake? canveygirl18
  • Score: 5

7:37pm Wed 25 Sep 13

jut1972 says...

Would they ban Carmina Burana if they knew what the "lyrics" meant?
Would they ban Carmina Burana if they knew what the "lyrics" meant? jut1972
  • Score: 1

10:13pm Wed 25 Sep 13

profondo asbo says...

what rhymes with bandwagon?
what rhymes with bandwagon? profondo asbo
  • Score: 2

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