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McMaster The Latest Canadian University To Take Action Over Sexist Chants
January 24, 2014
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Yesterday, Hamilton, Ontario's McMaster University became the latest Canadian school to suspend a student group over sexist language in school chants, this time due to the contents of a songbook.

The group in question is The Redsuits, a part of the McMaster Engineering Society, whose songbook was deemed by the administration to contain "sexist, violent and degrading material."

"The material is highly repugnant,"  McMaster provost David Wilkinson said in a statement. "The University has clear expectations that everyone on campus show respect for each other. The engineering songbook that we have learned about is highly disturbing and is the exact opposite to everything for which the University stands."

The songbook, which has been posted online, contains cheers with titles like "Bestiality's Best" and "Orgies’ Make the World Go Round," as well as a 57-verse chant called "S&M Man."

The Redsuits, who are named for the red costumes its members wear during frosh and charitable events, will no longer be permitted to participate in on-campus activites, such as this fall's Welcome Week.

"This book is not, and has never been, distributed or endorsed by the McMaster Engineering Society," the society said in a statement. "The content unequivocally opposes what the MES represents." Still, the society pointed out that "the Redsuit community has been an integral part of McMaster Engineering and the greater Hamilton area for decades. MES members and those bearing red suits participate in the annual Hamilton Santa Claus Parade and run a Westdale Clean-Up in the spring."

McMaster is the third Canadian university to experience a scandal over sexist chants in recent months. A chant about underage non-consensual sex by students at Halifax's Saint Mary's University made international headlines when it was captured on video in September. And the University of British Columbia's business school cut funding for first-year orientation activities following revelations of similar chants.

Via CP

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