The sexist reality of life inside one of Sydney University’s elite colleges is writ large on the pages of its student journal, which refers to female residents as “hoes” and “bitches” and tallies up their yearly “hook-ups”.
The Wesley College “RackWeb” receives a double page spread in the 2014 publication and charts the alleged “inter-college” relations of its students.
“We might be sexist, but you lovely bitches and hoes should know we’re trying to correct this,” one section reads.
First-year students are celebrated for their “willingness to put out for their seniors” and for “enabling all the hook-ups a sleazy, pussy-hungry adolescent could dream of”.
Those who don’t know what a “rack” is are encouraged to “ask a senior to demonstrate.”
The Wesley College RackWeb. Source: Aparna Balakumar for Pulp
The journal also includes a list of awards for female students including "best ass", "best cleavage" and "biggest porn star" and crowns one with unenviable title of "Mrs RackWeb" for having had the most sex on campus.
"People just don't understand. They think I'm exaggerating and my disenchantment has no substance," one female student anonymously told journalist Aparna Balakumar about her time at the college, "it's worse than people could ever imagine."
The student said she was harassed online by a group of male students after one of the them sexually assaulted her.
She also said the victim-blaming culture in the residence was so insidious she began to blame herself for the attack.
"They made it seem like I was the slut in the situation," she said.
"It stripped me of all self-worth, of all self-respect, just everything because I was taken advantage of so much.