Two Universities In The United Kingdom Ban ‘blurred Lines’ For Promoting Rape Culture

Its the second university in the United Kingdom to recently take this stand, after the University of Edinburgh banned the chart-topper last week . The officers in Leeds student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it undermines and degrades women. The pop hit has been widely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity such as I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men. Alice Smart, one of the officers at Leeds student union, told the Independent that students reaction to the decision has been largely positive. A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we arent banning everything, but weve chosen this one as an example, because its so popular, Smart explained. Blurred Lines has reached number one in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) relied on similar logic when it moved to ban Blurred Lines earlier this month. EUSAs vice president pointed out that the song promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent, which violates the schools explicit policy to tackle rape culture and sexual harassment. Robin Thicke has brushed off the feminist critiques of Blurred Lines, saying its irresponsible to suggest that the lyrics are promoting rape, and noting that art is supposed to spark a conversation. But this week, the Sociological Images blog pointed out that many of the lyrics in Blurred Lines are lines that actual rapists have said to their victims. Using images from Project Unbreakable an online photo essay exhibit that features survivors holding signs noting what their rapists said to them before, during, or after their assault the sociology blog was able to match up Robin Thickes lyrics with sentences that have accompanied real instances of nonconsensual sexual activity. The issue of combating rape culture on college campuses has been especially prevalent across U.S. universities over the past year.

Research and Markets: United Kingdom Cider Market Insights 2013

By late afternoon, he was calling for Mr. Blooms suspension. Ive known him for years, had a lot of good times with him, but Im very, very unhappy with his behaviour today, Mr. Farage told reporters adding that he had already had an argument with Mr. Bloom over his Bongo Bongo land remark, which he made about a month ago. The convention had been upstaged by the selfishness and stupidity of one man. I think we have to remove the whip from him [a suspension] as a punishment and then have a longer think about things. Party officials confirmed later that Mr. Bloom had been suspended. It was the second controversy in a week for the party. UKIP officials expelled a senior local councillor in Lincolnshire for allegedly posting racist material on Facebook. The councillor has denied wrongdoing and is appealing the expulsion. The scandals come at a critical time for UKIP. The partys message of restricting immigration, particularly from Eastern Europe, and getting Britain out of the EU has been resonating with voters.

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The arrival of Carling and Somersby is another factor that should boost the market. The marketing investment should raise the noise level of the category and improve its profile. The involvement of Molson Coors, Carlsberg and recently Fullers is an endorsement of the future prospects of the category. The key segment movement in 2012 was the rise of flavored cider, which has now overtaken the pear segment to make up around a tenth of the market. The launch of Stella Cidre pear and Strongbow Pear more than compensated for the fall in other branded pear offerings and pear share did increase last year, standing at almost 9% of the market. Apple continues to dominate but has dropped to little more than 80%. Until recently the market was split between the dry apple ciders popular in the West Country and the sweet apple ciders enjoyed in the North East. The dry ciders make up the bulk of sales. The arrival of Kopparberg reignited the pear segment (or what industry purists would call perry) and its success prompted Magners, Bulmers, Stella Cidre and Strongbow among others to introduce pear variants. When Kopparberg began to enjoy phenomenal success with other flavors, the big players followed suit culminating in the jump in flavored ciders in 2012. Publication Overview Comprising of textual analysis and data tables, this in-depth and exclusive country report provides a comprehensive view of the cider industry structure including analysis and profiles on trade mark owners and local operators. Brand volumes and market share are given by price segment, alcoholic strength and type (e.g. apple, pear, flavoured). Consumption volumes are provided by pack mix (type, material, refill ability, pack size) and distribution channel (on- and off-premise).

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