UniLad is this week’s source Blood Boiling Nonsense. The online mag, aimed at male University students, was discovered to make fun of disabled people, condone sexual relations with minors, encourage illegal voyeurism, celebrate date rape (“And if the girl you’ve taken for a drink happens to belong to the ‘25%’ group and won’t ‘spread for your head’, think about this mathematical statistic: 85% of rape cases go unreported. That seems to be fairly good odds.”) and a host of other despicable behaviour in its poorly written but over-hyped content. Written (that is a strong word…as MP Jo Swinson asked, “Do the people at UniLad really think this infantile drivel passes for journalism?”) by a ‘team’ of University students very fond of ‘banter’, it boasts a 75,000+ strong Facebook following (which, by the way, if you are a part of, I’d beg you to reconsider.) When confronted over a particularly revolting piece entitled Sexual Mathematics (from which the above quote is taken), they issued a weak apology followed by the temporary taking down of the site, due to relaunch now in 10 days. The content now removed, some forward-thinking geniuses saved some of the offensive and disgusting pieces and these are available here. Not that I’d recommend reading any – I had the chance to skim through the website before it was taken down and felt like throwing up at the vile depiction of Lad culture (which, let’s be blunt, is rape culture).

Since the suspending of the site, sparks have flown on the Internet. The “Lads” don’t seem to understand what the fuss is about, more and more people are shocked and appalled, and at the same time more and more people add their ‘likes’ to Unilad’s wreckless and hateful voice.

Click here for a play-by-play timeline on Twitter of the dialogue between concerned individuals and the “Lads” themselves.

Click here for the Huffington Post’s article on the fiasco.

Other good reading regarding the controversy:

Unilad: when banter crosses a line.

On ‘Lad’ Culture. 

The BBC today reported on one member of the team facing disciplinary action from Plymouth University. It is my hope that other universities follow suit. Beach Break Live, who were represented by UniLad, have now dropped the mag. May other endorsers and affiliations follow. Thomas Boswell writes that it is because of the ‘older generation’ provision of a dark world that UniLad simply ‘pokes fun’ at these things. Tom, as someone of your generation, I can tell you we’re doing a great job of creating a dark world all on our own. With stuff like this. Similarly, fans of the magazine and those on the team have lashed out at those concerned about their content by branding them man-hating feminists. Guys, we do not hate you. We know that you are worth far more than this and are capable are far more than this. On the group’s Facebook page, the disclaimer “not to be taken too seriously” sticks out like a sore thumb. Lads, we take rape seriously. We take abuse seriously. We take paedophilia seriously. We take the robbing of human worth seriously. This is not acceptable. This is not ‘banter’. ‘Lads’ as you have defined them are not welcome in today’s society. This kind of ‘culture’ has no place.
We are shutting the door. Lad culture is not part of our culture. We refuse to accept it.

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