• Petitioned The Wyverns' Drinking Society

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The Wyverns' Drinking Society

End Jelly-Wrestling at the Wyverns' Garden Party

    1. Nina de Paula Hanika
    2. Petition by

      Nina de Paula Hanika

      London, United Kingdom

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May 2013

Victory

From petition creator: THIS JUST IN. Over the moon: "In the light of the recent petition The Wyverns have decided to cancel the ‘jelly wrestling’ at this year’s garden party. We, as a society, are committed to ensuring all party-goers have the best time possible and understand the concerns of some of them." WELL DONE everyone. I could not have done this without all your overwhelming support. I have all faith that the boys involved will be able to run a successful event with alternative forms of entertainment. I wish them all the best and I am really glad they chose to make this decision. For all of you who do not attend Cambridge and supported, thank you for helping us make it a more positive and progressive place this year. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your signatures. Much love from a very very happy girl. Nina xox

It is tradition at the University of Cambridge after exams finish for college drinking societies to organise garden parties to celebrate. They are much anticipated events, and almost every member of the university will go to one. Most are a brilliant way for students to let their hair down, forget about exam stress and start their summer.

Each year at the Wyverns' Garden Party, organised by the all-male drinking society associated with Magdalene College, it is organised for two female students (sometimes more), in bikinis, to wrestle in a paddling pool full of jelly. They give them "prizes" (of money). This is clearly sexist, misogynistic and completely inappropriate as entertainment for 2013.

Paying women to wrestle half naked is not entertainment. It cements and prolongs the idea that women are lesser, that they are only good for their bodies, and that in order to contribute socially they must be sexualised objects. These are out-dated ideas that (thankfully) only a small minority at Cambridge hold. The access team here do excellent work every year to end the entrenched belief that this university is sexist and elitist and it is exactly events like this that ruin their work year on year by projecting a false idea of an institution that in most ways is really fantastic.

Many people want to go to this particular garden party because it is famed for being one of the best. Using this as entertainment means every guest, male or female, is forced into condoning this in order to attend, and many guests (understandably) feel uncomfortable having to passively support this behaviour simply in order to attend the party of their choice.

Please help me make this end - I feel deeply saddened to not only attend a university where this takes place, but to be associated with this event simply by attending Magdalene, but it does not have to be this way! If you love the women in your life for their brains, for their wit, and for their contribution to society that has NOTHING to do with the body they come in, please sign and help me stop this.

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If you would like more information regarding the negative effects that the sexist elements of "Lad Culture" can have on women's experiences at university, I urge you to read NUS's report on the subject: http://www.nus.org.uk/Global/Campaigns/That's%20what%20she%20said%20full%20report%20Final%20web.pdf

To:
The Wyverns' Drinking Society
Please end the tradition of jelly-wrestling at the Wyverns' Garden Party.


Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Harriet Lowes OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      "For all the faux-libertarians out there who'll say that it's actually fine 'cos the women concerned want the money... Replace women with any other historically oppressed demographic - like black people - and then see how comfortable you find it."

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    • Steffan Blayney OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      This is gross, grow up...

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    • Genevieve Gaunt LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      To stop the objectification of women as a male spectator sport.

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    • jessica poon CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      It is simply backwards to permit this sort of behaviour to go on. women should not be objectified for their bodies, especially not at the hands of over-privileged schoolboys.

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    • Marika Brewitz CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      The mere fact that a petition is needed to stop it says enough.

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