Eindhoven frat party mocks ‘MeToo’ campaign
A highly offensive carnival party planned by students at The Eindhoven University of Technology, has caused a suspension of subsidies to the Eindhoven Studenten Corps.
The event (‘student orgy’), scheduled for the 9th February at a student house, was posted onto Facebook, with the theme for the party ‘#MeToo’, – what a woman wants doesn’t count. The visitors were encouraged to put on their horniest outfits.
The description for the event describes the studies showing how many women get sexual assaulted – ‘3/4 women feel as if they have been sexually assaulted.’
It goes on to state
We of the aleph fraternity think this is of course wonderful that we have been allowed since 1958 to grope women unasked, it is a luxury other men can not enjoy.
Further on in the description it says
Until recently we got away with it. However the weaker sex started a counter-movement under the name #MeToo. In this way several women ask attention for their unwanted intimacies. In order to maintain our traditions, we must, of course, put a stop to this. And what a better time for this than Aleph carnival. Because we at Aleph know, like the rest, that women do not have a say over their own body during carnival.
Since this event was shared on Facebook, the Eindhoven student association have responded on their site, stating that Aleph have crossed the line and have apologised for their behaviour. The event has since been removed and cancelled, however screenshots of the event are still circulating on Facebook.
This is the flyer for the Eindhoven Aleph’s carnival – the shocking thing is that someone clearly spent a lot of time sitting down and designing this.
A similar event occurred in Groningen in March last year, when a female Vindicat member posted a viral video about ‘slut shaming’ in the association. This also followed with an event where 13 members of Vindicat were suspended for writing a ‘bang list’ of 20 students Groningen, but rating their looks and assessing whether they were are worth ‘banging.’
This is a very strong topic, especially in light of the sexual assault scandals emerging all the time. What do you think about this story? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.