An investigation has found the appalling tradition has continued till the current season. Consequently, the Harvard soccer team, which is currently in first place in the Ivy League, will have the rest of its game season canceled.
University President Drew Faust said in a statement, she “was deeply distressed” about the sexist report and stated, “The decision to cancel a season 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.”
Harvard University officials have turned red from embarrassment after an incredibly sexist and demeaning “scouting report” by 2012 men’s soccer team emerged.
The Ivy League players compiled an explicit document rating the women’s soccer team based on their physical attractiveness and sexual appeal, reported the Crimson. The compiled document consists of descriptions of women, their positions on the team, their pictures reportedly culled from Facebook and other social media and even their hypothetical sexual positions.
One young woman was dubbed as “both the hottest and the most STD-ridden” while another was “very strong, tall and manly so I gave her a 3 because I felt bad.”
The writer also assigned each woman a nickname like “Gumby” whose “gum to tooth ratio is about 1 to 1.”
Until recently the report was still available through Google Groups.
Athletic director Robert Scalise, who viewed the report, said it was very “disappointing and disturbing” that students were writing such misogynistic comments about their female counterparts.
“Any time a member of our community says things about other people who are in our community that are disparaging, it takes away from the potential for creating the kind of learning environment that we’d like to have here at Harvard,” Scalise told the Crimson.
“Harvard University Athletics has zero tolerance for behavior of this kind and is deeply upset by these offensive and derogatory remarks,” he also said according to the Post. “Harvard College students, including members of our athletic teams, are required to uphold the values of this community, which are rooted in the respect and dignity for all members of our community.”
More "Locker Room" talk? Enough. " 2012 Harvard Men’s Soccer Team Produced Sexually Explicit ‘Scouting Report’" https://t.co/7wN12yN2UL— Autumn HannaVandeHei (@autumnvandehei) October 25, 2016
And America's political and corporate leaders come from this school and environment .. https://t.co/dQIwjuK1j0— Jackron (@Jackron312) October 26, 2016
The culture of college athletics is gross and it is broken. https://t.co/W5coZLTtnu— Sam Evans-Brown (@SamEBNHPR) October 25, 2016
A research report published last year revealed 31 percent of undergraduate senior female students at Harvard had experienced some form of sexual assault during their four years at the university.
The story comes just months after Harvard called for a change in its campus culture, which include fraternity houses, and began offering sexual assault prevention classes to its students.
Almost 300 American colleges are under investigation for possibly mishandling rape cases, including Stanford, Yale, Colorado, Indiana and Baylor, while other universities including Duke are offering courses to reduce “toxic masculinity” in their campuses.
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