An all-boys closed group has managed to stir some shit up on social media for the content it produced and encouraged.
The male population of LUMS is under fire on Twitter after a closed group by the name of “Dankpuna at LUMS”, with some questionable and downright misogynistic content, was brought to the public eye by some girls who were able to make their way into the group. The material being circulated within the premises of the group was what angered many on social media, including those who had previously been associated with the institution.
The members of the group consisted of over 600+ men, a huge majority of whom were either current or former students of the university.
Female students at LUMS just called out some 600 male students in a disgusting sexist meme group on facebook.
Listen, all I wanna say is that women are amazing and it makes me cry just how great they are. God bless.
— No (@Bluemagicboxes) April 5, 2019
Needless to say many have been offended by this act
We live in a post-Aurat March 2019 Pakistan, where efforts were made to silence women raising their voices against injustices in various capacities. Since then, we’ve seen headlines where women have been killed over not serving warm food, or as a result of honor killing, or have had their heads shaved for not dancing in front of their husband’s friends. These are just three instances that we’ve read about recently. The commonality – these acts stem from a horrifying sense of misogyny and patriarchal oppression.
When this mindset is challenged, we begin to take a step in the right direction. However, when any part of our society propels this mindset forward, it is always a grim reminder of the extent to which this toxicity has seeped into our society. These male students – creating and sharing AWFUL memes that were hard to even look at as a woman – add to the prevalent toxic mindset.
Once the closed group was infiltrated, screenshots were shared on the LUMS Discussion Forum which resulted in the page being shut down promptly.
Group members were found to have been making sexist and sexually derogatory memes about female students at LUMS, and those who were active on the LUMS Discussion Forum, for fun. The material being circulated and produced in the group was directed only and only towards women and included a lot of name calling and slut-shaming.
Awful. Classic victim-blaming. Just…terrible.
Calling women whores and an online forum a brothel – why? How is this funny?
A lot of this hate and “humor” has been targeted towards feminists within the campus, along with male feminists or allies as well who have been mocked and shamed for believing and supporting the cause.
This “locker room talk,” as Donald Trump once called it, further perpetuates existing tropes that are highly dangerous for women. Objectification, blatant abuse and the normalization and trivialization of harassment – none of this is okay, yet it was carried out within this closed group.
However, people are leaving no stone unturned to put an end to this and are naming the people who are playing an active part in supporting the group!
People have now taken to Twitter to express their feelings about the matter and to rant about these men and how they’re giving everyone a bad name.
If there’s just one thing that came out of Dankpuna LUMS callout, and subsequent death, is that masculine toxicity is no match for women who are united.
— Hasan (@BeLikeHasan) April 6, 2019
People are raging over the matter and the men in question.
lol i hope LUMS expels every man who made a fucked up joke about female students so i can watch their friends whine and tell us their life stories on LDF to humanize them like “he is regular human like us, he has a SISTER and a MOTHER :’(“
— shy fawkes ♈️ (@aloovibes) April 6, 2019
Even guys are now seconding the phrase “men are trash” and…I mean, you can “not all men” this, but khudi dekhlo
Whenever I heard the phrase “men are trash” i used to become defensive immediately. But today after seeing a dank meme group made by some undergrads of Lums where they share sexist and noxious memes, ive lost it. Can’t explain how much disgust I feel for being a man. #MenAreTrash
— •~• (@Shafinated) April 6, 2019
My college continues to embarrass me even after graduation. Thanks LUMS fam.
— Hamza (@wingsforus) April 6, 2019
What’s worse is that this isn’t the first time male students at LUMS have targetted the female population.
This fb expose of #LUMS has triggered some very painful memories for me as well.Back in 2014 and then in 2016 just before our last semester,some class fellows made this confession page on fb.They targeted each one of us.
— acrazybich. (@achayaarbas) April 6, 2019
Ajeeb mazaak hai wese.
Shockingly, in this entire ordeal, men who have been affiliated with the page, have taken a defensive step and have lashed out against the exposition.
The age-old “BuT nOt AlL mEn” narrative was put forward.
But people aren’t buying it.
“They’re mostly freshmen kids, this isn’t Lums culture”
“We need to educate and not humiliate them.”
Boys defending other boys and crying “NoT aLL mEn ArE tRaSh” to women instead of talking about the real issue. Typical desi misogynist male behaviour.
— Sofia (@_s0phie9) April 6, 2019
At the end of the day, it’s all about how men find sexism, misogyny, and patriarchy to be sources of fun and enjoyment, while women have to live with them and their associated plight. And let’s not turn a blind eye to this plight. All of us experience it at some level. And if we’re privileged enough not to, we need only look around to see the women around us.
However, we must ask – at the end of the day, is naming the associated people sufficient?
It boils down to how this is a very real issue – prevalent not only within the confines of this one institute but also within the country as a whole. The mindset exposed here is a microcosm for an existing state of thinking for countless people. This creates an unsafe environment for women (and also the men being targeted) – ironically, through the usage of an alleged “safe space.”
Sad to see formation of extremist groups in Lums. Freedom of speech and thought has been wrongly used by all means. My thoughts and sympathies with all the female members of Lums community who are feeling unsafe or insecure right now. May the justice be served asap!
— Usama Javed (@Usamathejaved) April 6, 2019
LUMS environment is so hostile and toxic. This needs to change. Majority of students in this country see it as the most prestigious institute where you can be ‘modern’ and progressive you know, while the reality is its completely the opposite.
— Caesar (@kafkaesque_me) April 6, 2019
I think the major fear there is that the “privacy” of LUMS students on these forums is being targeted. Which tbh, is such a lazy argument to make in the case of a group with 600+ members making r/pe jokes and being just generally nasty
— Sana Naeem (@sananaeemk) April 6, 2019
Not being a fan of feminism is one thing, but going out of the way to make horrible jokes and belittle women is an entirely different case altogether. It must be harrowing for the female student body to experience this as it unfolds. However, serious action needs to be taken by the university administration’s end to ensure that they are providing a safe academic environment for their students, where equality and respect for everyone prevails.
This does beget the question – where do we go from here? What happens after we’ve named and shamed these students? Will any action be taken? Does it undo any damage? Does it offer any sense of security at all? Share your opinions in the comments below.
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