Certainly bad taste but is it any more than that? It WAS just satire, after all
"Two male university students have been driven into hiding after writing a sick newspaper column about the violent rape of women. The ‘Agony Uncles’ at The Beaver, the student journal for the London School of Economics, write a regular satirical problem page.
In response to an imaginary reader’s fears about the fidelity of his girlfriend, they suggested he subdue her by subjecting her to a vicious sex attack.
They recommended hitting women in the back of the head during sex – known as ‘donkey punching’ – to keep them in check.
And they listed a series of illegal sex acts, concluding: ‘It’s not rape if you shout “surprise”.’ The shocking column, which appeared in print and online, has caused outrage at the world-leading university.
Among the most vocal have been the university’s Woman’s Society and the Feminist Society, which has petitioned for the resignation of the paper’s executive editor, Nicola Alexander.
The strength of anger is so extreme the paper has refused to reveal the writers’ names over ‘concerns about their safety’. And the university has been criticised for refusing to discipline the students.
Miss Alexander has resisted calls for her resignation, despite a 229-signature petition against her on Facebook. She admitted the article was ‘distasteful at best’ and has published a front-page apology.
A spokesman for LSE defended the university’s decision not to discipline the students.