Monday, November 07, 2016

Rankings And Positions in Soccer at Harvard University

I'm sure you have come across the story already:  Harvard University 2012 men's soccer team decided to rank the incoming members of Harvard University's women's soccer team in terms of their fuckability or lack thereof.  These rankings were circulated online.

When this "scouting report" became public, Harvard suspended the men's team for the remainder of the season:

University president Drew Faust said in a statement on Thursday night that an investigation into the 2012 team found their “appalling” actions were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few, but appeared to be more widespread across the team and continued through the current season.

“The decision to cancel a season is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behaviour and the failure to be forthcoming when initially questioned are completely unacceptable, have no place at Harvard, and run counter to the mutual respect that is a core value of our community,” Faust said.

I strongly recommend that you read the wonderful response by several players of the women's soccer team. Because those women are not mean-spirited, the response doesn't consist of producing equivalent rankings of the men whose "scouting report" resulted in these events.

But imagining such a reversed report is a learning experience.  Some guy's most basic physical characteristics are discussed online, possibly in very negative terms!  What's not to like about that?

A large group pondering whether a man is at all fuckable, whether he'd be best served with parsley, in a cream sauce or with an apple in his mouth,  all that is just innocent and intoxicating fun!  Besides, it's great for female bonding, for reminding everyone that men are meant for stud use, not for sports, and for demonstrating one's societal power over others.

So I am mean-spirited, sigh.  Do remember to vote.