Opinion | Students should show respect, not perpetuate rape culture
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 22:10
My assumption about any educational institution is that they try to be a non-partisan, well informed and opinionated institution.
They hold a variety of opinions while not encompassing any of them in there totality.
I also expect institutions to be intelligent and open minded, while being secure from concepts such as ageism, sexism, racism, ableism, etc. Imagine my surprise when I go to the Gogginzone website, and I’m peering through the names of Hockey Teams and find one called, “The Rapists.”
At first I thought, “Maybe they meant Therapists.” But why capitalize the R then?
Why take a single letter out of a team name and change the meaning of it completely? Either two things should have happened.
When they went to the website to check their team name they saw that they were called, “The Rapists” and quickly tried to get it changed and notify the school or Goggin.
Or they saw this and said, “This is our name. We are The Rapists!” Now I’m sure they aren’t actually ‘rapists’, although I can’t help but think how insensitive this is.
Why is rape a funny thing to these people?
To be used so easily as a word that is used as a joke? And if that is what they think, then why do they think that?
How is a human being having been sexually molested funny in any way?
Let me guess, the team meant it in the sense of “raping” the other team.
They will not only win, but they will dominate.
They will bend the other team over the ice rink and do things that they probably don’t want to happen to them.
I have only three words for this: sick, immature and pathetic.
Rape is a common occurrence on the campus.
Every student, professor, administrator and any person who has ever lived on a college campus knows this. And not only in campus, but in the world.
In the “Democratic Republic” of Congo they rape women in order to make sure they don’t rebel or run away.
Women actually have resorted to extremes such as attempting to rid themselves of their breasts in order not to get raped.
How is this funny?
The woman who was raped on campus near the construction site, the woman who was raped near that dark bridge on Western; are they jokes to this hockey team?
I just don’t get it at all. Did they put any thought into this? Probably not. However, I have to ask myself. Who would let them do this?
Who would look at this and say, “Ah, rape! What a perfect name for a team! Put them on the roster!” Miami University.
Is it their complete fault? No. But when issues like these arise, they need to be exposed. It can’t be all hush hush and slip a few hundreds under the table and hope it all goes away.
This insensitivity has to be seen and shown to the world around us.
And Miami University has had a pattern of lack of support. When the business school gets 50 routers to keep up their constant Internet connection, what do the women’s programs get?
When classrooms and buildings and organizations cut back while high level administrators get a couple hundred thousand a year, how is that fair? Where is the education?
Where is the idea being imbedded that this isn’t an OK thing to do? People might disagree, but I think moral education should be a necessity!
What’s moral? And who am I to decide it? I am a human being! We all are human beings!
When did being raped become such a silent issue?
When did being “gay” become such a negative thing? When did someone wanting to live their life as a transgender student get in the way of your idea of a perfect future ivy league school?
Miami University: invest more not in the profit of education, but in the education of issues such as these.
Because in the end, if you don’t confront them, then it won’t go away. And merely stating that you are sensitive to the issues isn’t enough.
Actions are more powerful than words, and I have yet to see any real actions from this university. So take down the team that names themselves “The Rapists.”
Reeducate them to sensitivity.
Maybe bring them to a rape crisis center, to talk to these people about how horrible it is. Do what you are meant to do; educate.