Canadian universities have no business, it seems, in the bedrooms of the campus dorm. Yet thanks to the Internet, everyone else can take a peek.The University of Western Ontario is investigating an incident in which a female first-year student performed a full striptease and lap dance last week for several males in a residence bedroom, with graphic photos soon sent out over the Internet.
A Google search on 'saugeen stripper' reveals several x-rated photos. The incident raises questions about how far a university can go in protecting students, particularly younger ones from themselves.
But because the young woman apparently performed willingly in the privacy of a residence room and no one filed a complaint, the school says it likely has no cause for discipline.
"We certainly regret this has happened; it's not something the university condones and we are very disappointed in these students, but rooms in residence are considered to be students' homes, and what goes on between consenting adults in the privacy of their homes is considered to be their business," said Susan Grindrod, Western's vice-president of housing.
"What's different in this case is that these pictures are going all over the world. With the Internet and personal blogs, pictures can be circulated very quickly, and I'm not sure how we would regulate students' blogs and websites even if we wanted to," said Grindrod.
As soon as the raunchy images came to the attention of the administration, officials approached the young woman to ask if she had been forced to strip or tricked into being photographed without her knowledge. She said she had not.
"We were immediately proactive because we wanted to know if there had been any coercion and she told us she was a consenting participant and she was aware that pictures were being taken," said Grindrod.
"If there had been any coercion, there absolutely would have been repercussions. We do plan to talk to the other (male) students involved and continue to review the situation. It's still early in the game for us to have figured out how to proceed."
University dorms have codes of conduct that forbid students from breaking the law. Many take a zero-tolerance approach to students taking drugs and underage drinking, for example.
Western has a policy that forbids the circulation of "objectionable" material such as racist, homophobic or pornographic images, either written or electronic, with extreme cases leading to the student being asked to leave residence.
Yet most universities warn today's highly involved baby boomer parents that campus dorm supervisors will not serve as party police or morality monitors for their children, but will enter a student's room only if there is reason to believe a law is being broken or someone is in danger.
"We're not the alcohol police and we're not sex police, and I'm not sure we would want to be," said Grindrod. "And we recognize that many young people in first year may try out new things that can lead to errors in judgment. I'm not sure some of these misbehaviours haven't gone on in the past. It's just that today, the images can get sent around the world. "I actually feel badly for all the students involved in this incident. It's a very sad situation." - End of News Article 1
In the Toronto Star article, university officials made all the usual comments you’d expect from humorless sexually frustrated grown-ups… “I actually feel badly for all the students involved in this incident. It’s a very sad situation” and so on…
Appearantly, the girl in question was not forced into perfoming for an audience of horny boys. Instead, it seems, that she is (*gasp*) a sexual creature too. Wait a minute, girls can get horny too? Strange, all of those angry-penis-hating-feminists seem to imply that women can only enjoy sex if they are having a lesbian relationship in the privacy of their own home—so long as it is not for no monetary gain or the enjoyment for men
COMMENTS: I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. I TALKED TO HER. PEOPLE GET THE STORY RIGHT. SHE STRIPPED AND THATS ALL SHE DID. THIS NEEDS TO END! ITS NOT EVEN A BIG DEAL, TORONTO STAR REALLY HAD NO NEWS THAT DAY SO THEY DECIDED TO PUT THIS INSTEAD OF PUTTING SOMETHING THAT WILL BENIFIT SOCIETY. SHE DIDNT HAVE SEX WIHT ANYONE, NO ONE LICKED HER, NO ONE TOUCHED HER. IT WAS STRICTLY A STRIPTEASE AND THATS IT. IT HAPPENED IN OCTOBER AND NOW ITS DONE! LET IT GO .
COMMENTS: She was obviously a consenting adult so why does anyone really care so much about this she made a decision so respect that. Its only a strip tease they were probally having a lot of fun doing it and theres nothing at all wrong with that :)
COMMENTS: Have you seen the web site of the Saugeen Stripper? What’s that you say as you begin to salivate. The Saugeen Stripper don’t you know? The young teenager who stripped for her college friends at University Of Western Ontario. Go to Google and type in Saugeen Stripper and you can see this youngster take off her clothes and sit on a male student’s face.
COMMENTS: This story came out a couple days ago in the Toronto Star that a couple of guys were sitting around in their door room and they wanted to order a stripper but unfortunately they couldn’t come up with enough money to get the job done.
So they pooled $50 bucks together and they went walking through their dorm at Western University of Ontario. The dorm was called Saugeen and it is known to be a crazy dorm. Anyways, they went up to all kinds of different girls and they were offering $50 to any girl that would show up to their room and strip. Well they had a few nibbles and eventually they caught their fish and she will be forever referred to now as the Saugeen Stripper. This girl obviously didn’t care too much and she gave the boys a show!
COMMENTS:Umm… this girl was not paid to strip. I live in Saugeen, and a few of these guys are my friends. She was just trying to have a little fun I guess.
You know how the internet is. Randomly show some skin and it becomes a big deal. Not like it hasn’t happened before but thought it would make for an interesting post
COMMENTS: Saugeen is actually a combination of two residences which are built upon the same foundation and share the same entry floor. The building is divided at the upper elevator lobbies with Saugeen on the east side and Maitland on the west side.
The funniest part about this whole thing is that the person at UWO who seems to be speaking for the university is Susan Grindrod. That's right, GRIND ROD. They probably sent her to the media on purpose. "Well, we could send our media relations expert...but the VP of housing is named Grindrod. Let's send her and see if anyone notices the connection. Teehee."
COMMENTS: The Woman who gave the strip tease was very aware that photos were being taken and gives full consent for them to be posted on the internet.
DICTIONARY: Saugeen Stripper: Girl who strips for pleasure. Term comes from a bitty in Saugeen residence at the University of Western Ontario in Canada that stripped for some dude's birthday just because she was asked.
WEBMASTER: I've noticed that the majority of the people finding my little web site here are coming from Google searches for information about the stripper. It's still a popular topic (it even has a Wikipedia entry!), and I have a feeling that with school back in, it will be even more so in the coming weeks.