Certain irony in calls to remove ‘creepy’ Facebook page

facebook creepyA petition has been launched to have a Facebook page that rates female university students taken down.

University of Melbourne law student Laura Blandthorn is now on a mission to close the page, which she says perpetuates rape culture, sexism and disrespect. “All the creepy guys you meet in a bar have finally found a place to say what they want,” she said.

I couldn’t agree more that the page is deplorable and ugly and ought to go.

But there is a certain deep irony in expecting better of Facebook, given that its origin was a website called Facemash set up by Mark Zuckerberg to rate female Harvard law students as “hot or not”.

Irony to one side, the change.org petition can be found here and is worth supporting.

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