Melbourne University law student Laura Blandthorn created the Change. While Ms Blandthorn believes the page condones sexism and disrespect, some women featured on the page were not offended, and said they had only experienced problems since the petition. Ms Watson has appeared on the page twice, her friend sent her picture to the admins the first time and it was posted without her permission the second. The Hotties of Melbourne University Facebook page has caused a bit of controversy.
The vile Facebook page that rates women without their permission.
‘Hotties of Melbourne University’ on Facebook: Petition made situation worse, ‘hotties’ say
A handful of incidents have recently made the news that reveal a university culture rife with sexism. So why is this still happening? In the same week that the The Hunting Ground — a documentary that tells the personal stories of women who have been victims of sexual assault on American college campuses — was screened at campuses all over Australia, reports of misogynist behaviour from our own university students hit the headlines. So do Australian universities have a problem with sexual assault? It found that 72 per cent of female respondents had experiences sexual assault or harassment at university.
'Hotties of Melbourne Uni' page removed from Facebook after viral petition
Young women who feature on the 'Hotties of Melbourne University' Facebook page have hit back at a student who started a petition to have the page closed, saying she has created the problem. Sydney Watson and Gianne - who chose not to reveal her last name - both claim the page was 'just a bit of fun,' and believe the petition itself has caused more damage as the pair have since been inundated with friend requests and 'scary people loitering' on their photos. It has put a negative spin on the photo,' Gianne told Daily Mail Australia.
She believes the concept of rating and commenting on the photos of these so-called "hotties" is perpetuating rape culture by:. Treating women as property; a commodity to be bought and sold through the promotion of comments such as 'Sold: I'll trade you 6 goats and gold pieces'. It is evident that several other students agree with Blandthorn's sentiments regarding the site's ethical boundaries.