Tuesday 12 December 2017

Anger at sexual ‘scouting report’ of female soccer players

Harvard University
Harvard University

Rachael Alexander

Harvard University soccer team reportedly has a crude tradition: every year, the men’s team ranks the women’s team based on their attractiveness and sex appeal.

A 2012 document has emerged, which features photographs of the then-women players, alongside ratings and descriptions that make assumptions about their preferred sexual positions and their experience.

They include: “She looks like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated”, and; “She seems to be very strong, tall and manly so, I gave her a three because I felt bad. Not much needs to be said on this one folks”.

Women were also assigned hypothetical sexual positions.

“She seems relatively simple and probably inexperienced sexually, so I decided missionary would be preferred position,” said one of the descriptions in the document.

The ‘scouting report’, as the nine-page document was referred to, was alleged to have been circulated to the email list for the men’s team on July 31, 2012.

It has been seen by student newspaper ‘The Harvard Crimson’, which has claimed the ‘report’ – which, until recently, was available for anyone to view on Google Groups – was a yearly team tradition.

Harvard athletics director Robert Scalise told the paper the report could have been the responsibility of individuals rather than the whole team.

But he also added that “it’s very disappointing and disturbing that people are doing this”.

He said he would “certainly” speak to the coaches of both the men’s and women’s athletics teams, and added that the Harvard administration would look into it.

The current men’s coach Pieter Lehrer – who did not hold the position in 2012 – wrote in a statement: “When I first heard of this report from the Crimson, I was shocked and disgusted.

“I will take this opportunity to address this document from 2012 with my current athletes.

“I hope their seeing how offensive and hurtful this is will be a valuable lesson for everyone involved with this programme.”

The report comes in the wake of a row about rape culture and sexual harassment on American university campuses.

Meanwhile, a recent study by Drinkaware found that more than half of female students in Britain had experienced sexual harassment during a night out.


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