talkRADIO: has University lad culture got out of hand?

A woman who disclosed sexist messages written by Durham University students says over 100 people have contacted her to tell her they had similar experiences of a toxic ‘lad culture’.

Law student Lydia Gibson said she was overwhelmed by the messages after she revealed a series of posts on a freshers forum. One referred to a contest among ‘posh lads’ to sleep with the ‘poorest’ girl on campus.

There have been a number of stories over the years of freshers, fraternity and sorority events descending into chaos – with some students dying of alcohol and drug poising – and more complaining of an increasingly toxic culture.

Journalist Chris Hemmings – author of Be A Man – documented his experience of getting caught up lad culture at University. He joined me on talkRADIO this weekend to navigate a difficult and sensitive subject.

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