‘People think girls can’t sexually harass guys’: Elite private Adelaide school under fire for allowing Year 12 students to create a collage of young men they had ‘hooked up with.’
Girls from the Wilderness School in Adelaide in trouble over a hook up wall, which was covered in pictures of their sexual and romantic conquests. The girls also made a slide show for social media objectifying the boys. Boys are calling double standards as the wall was up for three terms.
An elite all-girls Adelaide school is under fire for allowing senior students to objectify young men they had been involved with sexually or romantically.
Staff at the Wilderness School in Adelaide, South Australia, allowed Year 12 girls to create a collage of young men in their lives they had ‘hooked up with’ and deemed the exercise as ‘innocent and acceptable’.
It wasn’t until the young women decided to publish the photos online in a slideshow – complete with degrading comments – that staff acted, The Advertiser reported.
The young women were forced to take the collage down as well as the social media campaign – but some are labelling the delayed action against the blatant sexual objectification as proof of double standards. One private-school boy said the school knew about the wall of shame for three months but didn’t care because it was ‘girls doing it to boys’.
‘If we did it, there’d be a massive outcry,’ he said.
‘People think girls can’t sexually harass guys so (boys) don’t think they can talk about it.’ The wall, which contained photos collected from social media as well as pictures from school formals, was ‘considered entirely respectful’ prior to the online attack, principal Jane Danvers said.
Another private school boy told the paper that the girls at the school had been objectifying their romantic conquests throughout the year.
In some cases the girls posted to social media to make fun of boys’ appearances and other times they detailed their sexual encounters, according to the boy.
While the mostly private-school boys ignored the intermittent posts through the year they believed the slideshow which clearly identified individual boys was ‘a step too far’.
‘It’s frustrating how the girls treat it as a joke but, if a guy did, it would be objectifying women and promoting rape culture,’ he said.
It is not clear how the school will reprimand the students who put the slideshow online.
Online Source: Daily Mail Australia.