Our former Student Government President has been all over the news lately, from HuffPost to The Daily Texan to The Daily Mail (UK) for an epic rant of mansplaining that rivals even that infamously profane Delta Gamma email. What these articles have in common is that everyone, UT students included, feels comfortable with consolidating a huge issue affecting our campus and women overall into a superficial, easy-to-read, Thor-hating package. The fact that everyone is so willing to submit one individual to overwhelming online ridicule is eye-opening, to say the least. An opportunity to seriously shed light on how sexism affects the success and safety of women on our campus is being overlooked in favor of mocking Thor’s hideous sweater.
Why are we so eager to destroy one student’s reputation, and so hesitant to start a dialogue on how his views are reflective of so many on our campus? Does it make us uncomfortable to discuss how Thor’s allegedly satirical musings are the basis for gender discrimination and inequality? Or is it just easier to spread virally and rack up views when you write a Buzzfeed-esque list of reasons to hate a former student leader? If quirky lists are the only palatable form of journalism these days, then I present to you ten of the most concerning elements of the Lundgate debacle:
10. Don’t Ask for Permission, Brah
It’s about time we stand up and say that these words strike actual fear in the hearts of women who read or hear them. The fact that a prominent student leader thinks it’s okay to say things like this tells us that rape culture is alive and well both on our campus and in our society. Continue reading