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Inside the sexist practices of prestigious Sydney college

Young women at a prestigious Sydney college have had their doors bashed down by older students, who share pictures of themselves holding up bras after sexual conquests, it has been revealed. 

Students who live at St John’s College participate in numerous events at the beginning of the year, many of them reportedly centred around female first-year students. 

In one game called ‘heavyweight,’ male students take photos of themselves just after allegedly having sex with a girl and send it to their friends on Snapchat. 

The images, which show men brandishing bras, are often captioned ‘heavyweight’ or ‘reigning heavyweight champion.’

One common ‘game’ is the Fresher Five, which sees older male students rank new female students in their college by how ‘f***able’ they are. 

‘I was one of them on the list and have never felt like such a piece of meat in my life,’ one woman told news.com.au.

One photo shows a boy in bed holding up a bra. The images are often captioned 'heavyweight' or 'reigning heavyweight champion'

In one game called ‘heavyweight’ male students take photos of themselves just after allegedly having sex with a girl and send it to their friends on Snapchat. One photo shows a boy in bed holding up a bra. The images are often captioned ‘heavyweight’ or ‘reigning heavyweight champion’

‘I honestly had this huge boy grip me in a hug and whisper in my ear, ‘You were in Fresher Five, watch out tonight.’

The boys also organised the event with a Facebook group message titled Prime cuts and minute steaks.

The opening post reads: ‘Lads, gents and lords, fellas, ***ts and boarz, Judgement day is nigh …. It’s time to deliberate on fresher 5. With 60 [fresher girls] to consider, there’s plenty of fish in the sea but someone’s gotta sort the salmon from the carp.’ 

Another game, called The Purge, sees the boys post sexual photos of each other on a closed Facebook group over a 24-hour period to try to embarrass each other as much as possible. 

Students who live at St John's College (pictured) reportedly participate in a myriad of events at the beginning of the year, many of them centred around female first year students

Students who live at St John’s College (pictured) reportedly participate in a myriad of events at the beginning of the year, many of them centred around female first year students

The boys organised the event with a Facebook message thread titled Prime cuts and minute steaks. The opening post reads: 'Lads, gents and lords, fellas, ***ts and boarz, Judgement day is nigh …. It's time to deliberate on fresher 5. With 60 [fresher girls] to consider, there's plenty of fish in the sea but someone's gotta sort the salmon from the carp'

The boys organised the event with a Facebook message thread titled Prime cuts and minute steaks. The opening post reads: ‘Lads, gents and lords, fellas, ***ts and boarz, Judgement day is nigh …. It’s time to deliberate on fresher 5. With 60 [fresher girls] to consider, there’s plenty of fish in the sea but someone’s gotta sort the salmon from the carp’

In one initiation in 2016, male and female freshers were locked in a communal bathroom and had fish guts thrown over them. Pictured: Freshers ask to get into a close Facebook group to view fresher girls

In one initiation in 2016, male and female freshers were locked in a communal bathroom and had fish guts thrown over them. Pictured: Freshers ask to get into a close Facebook group to view fresher girls

Women at the college also revealed other traditions including one where red-headed freshers have to set their pubic hair on fire in front of others, with the winner lasting the longest before putting the fire out.

In one initiation in 2016, male and female freshers were locked in a communal bathroom and had fish guts thrown over them.

Another ritual involves older boys forcing the male freshers to dress up as goblins, consume alcohol and run around the college bashing down girls’ doors. 

Some women have complained that male students regularly destroy the college, with some leaving faeces on the floor in the showers, or outside girls’ bedrooms.

Another tradition involves the male freshers referring to women as JETS – which stands for  ‘Just Excuse The Slag’. The freshers are not allowed to speak to or make eye contact with the women for the night.

There were also complaints that the male students would ‘gang up’ for student elections and all vote for male candidates, barring the women from holding roles on committees. 

Female students have now formed an Equality Committee to bring changes.

The rector of St John’s college said in a statement: ‘If any student proposing to come to St John’s thinks that behaviour of the sort alleged is acceptable, they need to think again because this kind of behaviour is not accepted at St John’s College.

‘The college is deeply concerned by the claims which have been made. The College takes any allegation of this sort very seriously… The College encourages reporting of any inappropriate behaviour.’  

Another game, called The Purge, sees the boys post sexual photos of each other on a closed Facebook group over a 24hour period to try to embarrass each other as much as possible

Another game, called The Purge, sees the boys post sexual photos of each other on a closed Facebook group over a 24hour period to try to embarrass each other as much as possible

Female students have now formed an Equality Committee to bring changes

Female students have now formed an Equality Committee to bring changes



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