I read this article in the UK Independent. It refers to a website unilad.com (University Lad) and its use of language when referring to women/fellow female students. The author of the Independent article clearly links the articles on unilad.com to a broader 'rape culture' in which women are subjectified, pursued, disrespected and, on the upper end of the scale, victims of sexual and physical abuse. After reading some of the site's content it's hard to see the language as anything but offensive.
Sites like Uni Lad only act to support our everyday rape culture - Comment - Voices - The Independent
Uni Lad - Home
The site describes its origins:
It started with a group of lads telling tales of drinking and fornication, and what started as a hand book of decent stories turned into a website where the best stories and advice were published for other lads to read and laugh at.
The word spread fairly quickly and now, two years on, Uni Lad has found its feet and it is entertaining thousands of beer drinking, footy watching and banter loving lads all over the country.
I understand the adage 'it's not funny until someone is offended' - but what is the line between harmless banter and language that perpetuates harmful behaviour? Is unilad simply entertaining the average joe - or sexualising, objectifying and dehumanising females.