Almost every year, female freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania purportedly receive a sexually suggestive invitation in an email to an off-campus frat house party.
This year, however, the students responded in a way that has taken the internet by storm.
On Sept. 6, they plastered the campus with flyers of the email, which had the words, “THIS IS WHAT RAPE CULTURE LOOKS LIKE” and “WE ARE WATCHING,” emblazoned at the top and bottom of the page, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.
The so-called poetic invite was titled “Wild Wednesday,” containing lines such as:
“May we have your attention please/We’re looking for the fun ones/And say f**k off to a tease.”
“Wednesday nights will get you going/With bankers flowing all night/Tonight is your first showing/So please wear something tight.”
The email was reportedly sent by OZ, an off-campus frat house, which is not officially affiliated with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The person credited with idea to cover the campus with the email’s copies is UPenn junior Amanda Silberling.
“We want freshman girls to see the signs we put up and know they don’t have to give into the culture they’re thrown into,” she told the Daily Pennsylvanian.
Following the flyer incident, UPenn released an official statement, denouncing the email:
“The text of the email was offensive and has no place at Penn. As the University has made clear in its policies and protocols, sexual harassment and sexual assault are unacceptable and will not be tolerated on campus. Challenging offensive speech, as these students did, is important and wholly consistent with the University’s ongoing efforts and the national conversation about preventing and responding to sexual misconduct.”’
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Democratic Senator Bob Casey lauded Silberling’s effort on Twitter: