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The “Fantasy Slut League” …

Before I begin holding forth about how I feel about the discovery of a long-running “Fantasy Slut League” in a Bay Area (Piemonte) high school, I’d like first to throw this article out there to my (few, but hopefully growing!) list of readers!

It says that the league was created by varsity student athletes. Female students are “drafted” and male students earn points for “documented engagement in sexual activities” with female students.  What I find especially interesting–beyond the jaw-dropping activity itself–is the reactions of parents, students and others in the comments section of the Piemonte Patch.

Here is a link to the original article on the Piemonte Patch complete with extensive comments.

The comments range from outraged on behalf of the girls who are tallied up in the “Slut League”, often without their knowledge, to outrage on behalf of the boys who are just “bonding” with other varsity team members or playing a game.  Some students claim the activity is horrible.  Others claim that worse things happen all the time and this is no big deal.

An investigation by PHS staff revealed:

  • “General recognition that over the past 5-6 years such a league has existed in one form or another as part of “bonding” for some Varsity Teams during their seasons of sport.
  • “Many students (male and female) were aware of it and participated. Male and female students felt pressure to participate and/or lacked confidence to overtly stop it.
  • “Participation often involved pressure/manipulation by older students that included alcohol to impair judgment/control and social demands to be popular, feel included and attractive to upper classmen.
  • “A commitment from current Varsity Team members that there is none of the activity going on now (at least from this point forward).
  • “Fear that participation in the league could have in-school discipline consequences and affect future college acceptance.”

I will follow up this blog post next week in more detail, but I want to throw it out there to you all… is this an outrage?  No big deal that is being inflated into an outrage?  Is this sexual assault?  Harassment?  Kids having fun?  Appropriate?  Inappropriate?  How does this make you feel?

More later, folks!

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  1. layersnleaves

     /  October 24, 2012

    I wasn’t aware that fantasy slut leagues existed, however, I’m also not shocked that they do. I’m proud of the school for owning up and sending notice to parents after 7 years of non-action & hiding in the shade of secrecy. That, in addition to bringing further awareness via the date rape assembly will foster dialogue amongst students, staff, parents, and community members. Hopefully their school counselor and other concerned folks will step up to the plate.

    High school is a scary place.

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    • Hello! Sorry it took so long to approve your comment! I was away from the office a few days. Thanks for posting. Yes, I agree I think it’s a good thing the school did own up and send notice to parents, etc. Do you think that was sufficient or should there have been more? (That is not a loaded question, I’m just curious as to your opinion.)

      High school can indeed be a scary place.

      I found it particularly sad/upsetting that students seemed to be more concerned that participation in the “Slut League” could impact their college future rather than being concerned that participating was a demeaning activity.

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  2. This story makes me deeply sad. I can only imagine what the students who were “drafted” without their knowledge or consent feel about this.

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    • Yeah, I completely agree. High school is hard enough to navigate without the emotional abuse that would end up heaped on someone who has been labeled part of a “Slut League” and slept with to fulfill some imaginary scorecard. And I don’t use the term emotional abuse lightly. When schools say they have a zero tolerance for sexual harassment, hopefully they will stand by that.

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