Oceana night #GUILTY promotes ‘slut shaming’, say students

Blue headlined the #GUILTY launch night

QUESTIONS have been raised over allegedly sexist themes in the recently rebranded Monday nights held at Oceana.

#GUILTY has replaced ‘ILoveMondays’ as the Monday night students’ union sponsored night, but has concerned students over sexual implications and publicity.

A students’ union spokesperson, said: “In order to save union resources and reduce our economic risk we allowed Oceana and the Luminar Group to have creative control of the night.
“This follows a model that other universities currently use when working with external nightclubs.”

Concerns over #GUILTY stem from their ‘Addicted to Snapchat’ night on 21 October, where students were pictured holding up signs which said: “Slutdropping on the dancefloor #GUILTY”.

The sign is seen by some to be feeding into the ‘slutshaming culture’; that is becoming common at universities.

Rhiannon Sandy, a Masters student, said: “I don’t feel it’s right to encourage the idea of shaming people for what they do on nights out.
“Slutshaming promotes an unhealthy attitude that violence towards women is acceptable if they’ve done something to ‘deserve’ it, for instance wearing provocative outfits, acting in a certain way, taking up pole fitness. No one, male or female, deserves to be subject to violence. There’s a fine line between slutshaming being ‘banter’ and being potentially harmful.”

A students’ union spokesperson said: “When presented with the ‘Slutdrop’ sign, the union asked for it not to be used to coincide with our Zero Tolerance policy. This was agreed by all parties.”

However, the sign was circulated at the event, and the union attempted to rectify the mistake.

“The sign was sent as part of a package of branding and was mistakenly used. When we discovered the sign was in circulation, we recovered it and physically removed it. We apologise if anyone was offended by the contents.”

#GUILTY events have included a ‘Traffic Light Party’, where clubbers wore different coloured stickers to make their relationship status clear.

According to Oceana, red meant “I’m taken”’, orange means “Maybe baby” and green means “On the pull”.

Danielle Jo Morgan, a third year English Literature student, said: “I don’t know about Oceana but I disagree with the whole ‘slutshaming’ culture in general.
“I think it’s quite patronising and demeaning. I think that if a woman wants to express herself sexually, then I’m all for it but I think when outside parties take that sexuality and use it as a form of entertainment for others, it removes that sexual freedom and individuality and it’s no longer for herself.”

Oceana Swansea was asked for a comment on the matter, but failed to respond at time of publication.

•What do you think? Do #Guilty nights promote sexism? Email waterfrontnews@swansea-union.co.uk

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