Statements in Support

Statement of support for LSESU’s decision to disband the Men’s Rugby Club

We, The KCL Intersectional Feminist Society, stand in solidarity, and offer our full support to the LSE Student Union (LSESU) for their decision to disband the LSE Men’s Rugby Club after complaints were lodged regarding a leaflet distributed by them at the Fresher’s Fair. The contents of the leaflet in question were appalling, and were rife with misogynistic, homophobic, and classist language. As an intersectional feminist society, we condemn all forms of discrimination, and the culture prevailing on university campuses that deems such language excusable or acceptable. We believe that it is extremely important for Student Unions to make clear that offensive behaviour that alienates marginalised communities on campus will not be tolerated – and that these actions should tie in with wider programmes that combat discrimination and “lad culture” on campus. We welcome the justifiable decision by LSESU to disband the Men’s Rugby Club, as it makes it clear that this behaviour is unacceptable, and that the SU is committed to condemning sexism, homophobia, and classism. While we understand that the decision is a hard one to make and that there will undoubtedly be criticism of it, we believe that taking a principled stand against discrimination under difficult circumstances is something to applaud. Our full solidarity and support remains with the LSE Executive during this trying time.

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