Derogatory comments about women’s soccer team do not go unnoticed
by Dana Gaier
Lately, there have been many comments made about women that are unsettling. We have noticed that most of these comments are disregarded or are going unpunished. Fortunately in one of these cases, the men and women are finally getting the justice they each deserve!
The men’s soccer team’s season at Harvard University has ended abruptly after their sexual comments regarding the women’s soccer team are found.
This “Scouting Report” is composed of the men’s rating of the female soccer recruits based on their attractiveness. Originally found in 2012 and thought to be stopped, these lists are still ongoing in 2016—causing the University to take action.
Harvard University’s President Drew Faust made a statement on Thursday and announced that, “The decision to cancel is serious and consequential, and reflects Harvard’s view that both the team’s behavior 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.”
What does this mean for the first-place team in the Ivy-league? They will forfeit all remaining games as punishment for this inappropriate behavior.
It is comforting to know that these men are given consequences for their comments about women. “Locker room talk” is demeaning toward women and the actions taken against the men’s soccer team at Harvard University is just one example of how this kind of discussion can have consequences for the people engaging in this kind of derogatory speech.
The men and women at this school should be building each other up, not tearing each other down! We are really happy that Harvard University is supporting the women’s soccer team through this time and we support them as well!
No one should have to be judged by his or her appearance. We are rooting for the Harvard University Women’s Soccer team to have an incredible rest of their season.