July 30, 2013 by Matthew Vickery
Last night myself and four others went to a bar called Radio in Ashton Lane, Glasgow for the pub quiz. It was a horrific experience.
Comments and questions made included:
“What happened to the raging homo who walked from lands end to john o groats this week”
“Stephen Hawking is the biggest/most expensive vegetable, true or false?” (It was one of the two options, I was too shocked to take it in)
“Last week I was told my quiz was too male dominated, so this week we will have a whole round on tampons” (of which there subsequently was)
“Is it still rape if you kill her first?” – the answer given later was “Yes, because she can’t consent, poor her” (said sarcastically while he was laughing)
After going up and explaining exactly how his comments were horrific, and then receiving a meek ‘OK’ in return, ten minutes later the quiz host, while sniggering, went on the microphone to tell everyone that he ‘doesn’t give a fuck if people are offended’ and that he ‘will continue to make his quiz rapey’. We were also told that we were not welcome back, and that our answers from other rounds had now mysteriously been left blank, in effect punishing us for standing against what he said.
This is not just a matter of being offended. By making jokes about the killing and rape of women, by finding this funny and ‘banter’, only serves to encourage the routine everyday sexism and harassment women face every day. The attitude of joking about sexual violence against women only serves to perpetuate the high rates of rape and sexual harassment and violence against women in society, while brushing off rape jokes as ‘funny’ serves only to discourage many women from reporting harassment against them. While rape remains in society, everything must be done to stop it from happening, yet this bar is doing nothing but encouraging such violence by giving this individual a voice to laugh and joke at the expense of one half of society.
As a male I can walk around with very little fear of sexual harassment and violence against me; my female friends and family do no have that same luxury. While that remains the case, we must all fight to change it.
Please spread the word about this bar, we must hold them accountable. You can find them on Facebook here where individuals have already been leaving comments showing their disgust:
You can also tweet them at @RadioandNude