So there's been a minor shit storm developing at my university recently over a post on the Overheard at Guelph facebook page. Just look for the drunk bus comment, no guarantee it will still be there later though.https://www.facebook.com/groups/6893397826/
Anyways an Arts faculty member saw this and posted a blog about it (http://andrewbretz.blogspot.com/2012/03/rape-culture-at-university-of-guelph.html)
. tl;dr he is a professor/PhD candidate who specializes in rape in contemporary English theatre and complained to the University Ethics Committee.
Now I see several problems with the whole chain of events; I don't think what the original poster did was really that bad, it's a kind of offensive drinking song and it's kind of clever and I chuckled. The rest of the stuff coming after that though through additions to the song and just general shitposting in the comments and making stupid remarks is dumb to downright offensive.
My main problem is the Profs response to this, he posts a blog and then singles out a former student of his AND then goes to the ethics committee. In my eyes it's wildly inappropriate to single out someone in this way and he could have made his point just as effectively by saying "hey look at what this douche posted" and not mentioned his relationship to the student or posting pictures of his name. I would think that as a professor you would realize that there is a better way to handle this situation then publicly shaming specific students and complaining to the ethics committee about them posting shit on facebook.
Now obviously misogyny and rape culture are problems, but I don't really see the original chant as a "violent male fantasy about rape". Admittedly I found it amusing, its kind of clever, but I can see why people would offended.
So I ask you; Was the prof justified in his response, were the singers on the bus horrible people and are the people screaming rape culture overreacting?
I'm leaning towards no, no and a little.