PODCAST: Why are rape chants still tolerated on university campuses? Lucia Lorenzi on the #UBCrapechant

Many Canadians were shocked when a video surfaced of students at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax chanting “Y is for your sister U is for underage, N is for no consent Saint Mary’s boys we like them young.”

Last week we learned a similar chant was taking place during frosh week at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. And it’s not the first time this has happened. Why is rape culture and sexism an accepted part of campus culture and what can be done?

In this episode, I speak with Lucia Lorenzi, an interdisciplinary artist as well as a 4th-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at The University of British Columbia PhD student at UBC whose research focuses on the aesthetics and politics of silence in narratives of sexual violence.

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Henke

    Urrk, this is just so disgusting.

    “G is for Go directly to jail and do not ever come out”

  • lizor

    Also Memorial University of Newfoundland’s engineers have joined the women-hating chorus. I find the softened language around this report disgusting.


  • See the women there chanting along in the vid?

    That is the saddest thing.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Yeah, Lucia comments on that… My opinion is (and I base this on personal experience as well) that women feel the need to ‘fit in’ to misogynist culture just as much, if not more than men do. They desperately want power and acceptance. It’s the same reason women victim-blame other women and the same reason women go to strip clubs with the boys. It makes me sad.

      • Andrew

        One of the biggest frustrations I have are the female colleagues who routinely victim-blame, give men passes for shitty behavior and promote what I want to think are passe sex stereotypes.

        I’m often conflicted about confronting this with women (no problem with men) as I get a lot of the “step back, let us figure this out” messages from some feminists. I’ve gotten BOTH the “you’re a feminist, you don’t know what real women want” and “well you’re a guy and don’t get modern feminism is about getting women to take responsibility for their behavior.” Or blank looks, which is probably the more usual response.

        Very Frustrating…

      • Henke

        That makes alot of sense. And considering how our entire culture-the dominant culture of this planet-is entirely built around entitlement, power, control and so on and so forth, no matter if you are born female or male you are taught the same things that this is “human nature” and are you not interested in looking at the bigger picture (which most people are not interested in). Its easy to buy into the notion that we as human beings are like this in our behaviour.

        And I can relate to the frustration you mention but over how men just buys the whole masculine concept as well and if you are anything but that as a male you are and easy subject to ridiculement as much as everyone else that “stands outside the norms”.