This issue we are disappointed to find ourselves returning to another of St Andrews’ pervasive problems: sexism. What goes on at events such as RAG Week’s Mr St Andrews should worry everyone, not just the girls from AU clubs who are being pressured into acting as stripper poles on a stage.
In October 2012 we polled students and found that 68 per cent thought that sexism was prevalent in St Andrews. Worse still, 54 per cent said they knew someone who had been objectified in a sexist way.
Clearly, little has changed. Anyone reading our articles today will find the situation simply unacceptable. Yet these events – and these attitudes – continue, tacitly sanctioned by the University, the Union and the student body itself.
More can and must be done. The Association could spend less time trying to ban Blurred Lines and more cleaning up its own events. The University sent a strong message years ago when it disavowed the KKC, yet it doesn’t publicly condemn blatant examples of sexism like Mr St Andrews.
It’s hypocritical and it needs to stop.