Monday, October 15, 2012

Compound on the Move?

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There is a variety of apocrypha attached to the 7 year history of RateYourStudents and CollegeMisery. While most are based around hookah parties and an intense fascination with Britney Spears and Yvonne Strahovski, the one that has the most traction is that there's a compound somewhere where we all live and work.

In the RYS days, the compound was in a desert state, but CM has always been house in twin sheds on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

When Paul Ryan, the GOP VP candidate with the cheesy workout photos and the incredibly bad memory of his marathon time, got some press for the same school, we had some wags among readers request we move the compound somewhere else.

Well, that didn't take hold, but this news story from the Cleveland Leader might just do it.


"Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape" Flier Found in Ohio's Miami University Dorm Sparks Outrage

Miami University is under fire following the discovery of a flier that advertises how to rape women in a co-ed freshman dorm bathroom last weekend.
Entitled "Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape", the flier touts that "practice makes perfect. The more you rape the better you get at it." Amongst other gems, the flier also advises would-be rapists to "never take pictures or give your phone number to the girl you rape", and "if you're afraid the girl will identify you, slit her throat."
While the offensive flier barely ruffled the feathers of Miami University officials, some students are outraged.
The flier was found over the weekend at McBride Hall, and reported it on Monday. Miami's vice president for student affairs, Barbara Jones, opted not to alert students of the incident because in her opinion it did not pose an immediate threat.


  1. Maybe back to the desert. There are cretins like the ones who wrote and copied that list everywhere.

  2. Is there a link to the original flier? I'm wondering if perhaps it was meant as satire or as a helpful, albeit gruesome, reminder of the reality on college campuses. Or a sophomoric attempt to encourage dialogue? Rape is bad, but I'd prefer to see the flier before passing judgment on the flier itself.

    1. Yeah, it kind of looks like very clumsy satire to me. But it's hard to tell, since -- you know, Poe's law and all.

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    1. Hmm. In addition to being vile, and downright scary in places (especially that throat-slitting comment), it's badly written and lacking in any sort of logical structure or unified tone/perspective. #s 2 and 4 (which suggest that women who walk alone or leave their windows open are not only fair game, but need to be taught a lesson) seem almost like parodies of attitudes that place the responsibility for avoiding rape on women. But I don't think one can make that argument for any of the others, and some, even granting the purported point of view of the flyer, are just plain weird (e.g. #7).

      Whether the author has the potential to act on any of this or merely has a really sick fantasy life (and/or sense of humor), it's hard to tell. But I'd certainly want the author out of the dorm (and, if at all possible, off campus entirely; although I strongly doubt I fit the profile of his imagined target, I wouldn't want to run into him in a deserted place after dark). And I'm surprised that, given the present climate of taking threats seriously, Miami hasn't reacted more strongly.

    2. I think it's satire.

      Awful satire.


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