UPDATE, 7PM: The page has now been removed (whether by Facebook or the admins is unclear)
It’s exam season and procrastination is hitting an all time high across campus. Invariably, Facebook pages are popping up everywhere, but the latest – – leaves a bad taste in the mouth for students.
The page was created today and at the time of writing has over 400 likes, making reach fairly minimal. The page gives Southampton students the chance to let everybody know who is good in bed and who really isn’t, inviting people to use a scoring system of 1-10 to crudely ‘rate your shag’.
At risk of being the ‘ultimate fun sponge’, I believe that this page has the potential to be seriously harmful for students. Rate your shag directly names people and is extremely harsh towards them.
Like shagging a virgin. At least the ears gave me something to hold on to.
The posts written are of very similar style and tone which suggests that some of them are either made up or edited before being published. The page could be used for cyber bullying, easily depending on the mood of the admins, and may become an outlet for malicious material. ‘Rate your shag’ often describes sex involving freshers, JCR’s or halls and is easy to find on Facebook as it contains ‘Southampton University’ in the name. Soon, new students for the incoming academic year will start searching Facebook for information about the University. Is perusing ‘rate your shag’ before they even get here really a good thing?
Finally, ‘Rate your shag’ used copyrighted University of Southampton promotion material and edited it as the cover photo (which has since been removed and replaced with a photo of the Palace of Dreams). I know from experience of being a Soton Tab editor that using images without permission gets them rather worked up!
Social media is an extremely powerful tool and students today are growing up with the world watching them. Media law is constantly changing to accommodate the new weird and wonderful ways people find to hurt each other. It’s worth remembering that whatever you do online can be traced back to you; I hope Southampton University: Rate your shag can handle the responsibility.
If any of the page admins are reading this, a word of warning: is risking your place at university worth it? Not in the slightest.
UPDATE: Rate your Shag appears to have been deleted from facebook.