independent

Thursday 17 April 2014

Outrage as Irish college website hosts ‘predatory’ guide to one night stands

AN Irish website for college students has sparked controversy after publishing a guide for men who wish to find a woman for a one night stand.

Website collegetimes.ie has found itself at the centre of a Twitter storm after it published the article earlier this week.

The article, which has been shared over 600 times on Facebook, has been accused of being derogatory towards women.

The article says finding a one night stand is “a bit like betting on the dogs, you’re(sic) key focus should be the candidate.”

It also encourages men to seek women who have recently been dumped, “with low self-esteem and potential daddy issues.”

Readers have also criticised the article for its use of predatory language – treating finding a sexual partner as a hunt.

It encourages men to “pounce on these girls like they are injured baby gazelles” and gives instructions on how to act “once you’ve cornered your prey”.

The writer also tells readers “when the job is done, and you don’t pass out in a drunken haze, get her in a taxi back to wherever the hell she is going.”

The article was initially listed as being written by 'collegetimes.ie', however this was then updated to list Joanna Stroinska as its author.

The website describes itself as “a safe haven, not only for current college students, but also those who are nostalgic of their young adult years.”

It says it provides “advice, information and entertainment to anyone who is searching for fast humour and young Irish wit.”

The article has met with a storm of criticism from readers, with many taking to the comments section to the website to express their disgust.

DIT student Suzan Günbay said: “College Times publishing instructions on how to rape people and get away with it? Actually feel sick. F**king vile.”

Stephen Kavanagh from UCC said: “Whether or not this was a serious or attempted humorous article, you should know better than to propagate this kind of attitude or humor. Have a bit more respect for yourself and your fellow human beings and try writing something with a bit of heart.”

Trinity student Keith Anthony Ó Néill said: “Any website which lets this sort of hate filled negativity and violence towards women be published in its realms is nothing short of a shrine to misogyny. An absolute disgrace.”

The website has come under pressure to remove the article, with some Twitter users calling for advertisers to boycott the site.

The article has since been removed from the site and the website has made an announcement which can be found here.

Twitter users have taken to the social networking site to voice their opinions.

 

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