Writing for the Web | Task 2

Liberal or Sexist themed night out? 

These days clubs are in a head-to-head battle in order to get the numbers in. “Themed” student nights are becoming popular amongst and a norm for a night out. Every University in the UK has its “Freshers” week and national Carnage is pretty much a self-explanatory night. It seems every club is now advertising “themed” nights out all in a desperate bid to drag in the students.

Female students on a Carnage UK-organised night out in Brighton.

Photograph: David McHugh/Rex Features

Event nights titled: “Pimps and Hoes” “Geeks and Sluts” are plastered across major club flyers in every UK student city. These words may seem prejudice or discriminative to other generations or onlookers, but to most students these events are just typical.

The popularity of student night life drinking makes a mean trade for club owners and their minion promoters. Clubs are at war with one another, each trying to out-do the next. Due to high deals such as £1 drinks, free entry from every club on the high street, these clubs are coming out with new and outrageous titles in a struggle to get the punters in.

Are these event themed nights sexist?

Amy Masson, women’s officer at Sheffield students’ union, has noticed that promoters are using ever more sexist language to sell their club nights to students. “Because the club trade is in decline, clubs are getting more aggressive with their marketing strategy and are using overtly objectifying images to try and fight for that smaller slice of a smaller pie,” she says. “They are handing out flyers outside the student unions that promote sexual assault on nights out. The attitude of the promoters is that you will go on a night out, find intoxicated young women and have sex with them.”

The dress-code for themed nights isn’t compulsory for all its attendees. Every guest, either male or female, has the option to dress-up as either or, or not at all. These club nights are set out in place, Freshers week especially- to break down early social university barriers. Pulled out their home town and dropped into the deep end of the dark city, young intimidated students on their first night out. Themed nights create a more relaxed, humorous approach to night life, no worrying about being judged for not wearing the ‘right’ clothes. Giving opportunity to break social barriers and encourage unity. Many students wake up the next morning beside a half-eaten kebab and the “geek” glasses still on.

Reflection:

I’m finding that writing for on-line journalism is becoming more natural to me than before, I am becoming comfortable with writing shorter, straight to the point sentences in similar styles to other articles by company-based journalists. This particular topic has interested me as I read an article by an extreme feminist on The Guardian, containing very biased content which I wanted to slightly oppose and tell a different angle of my interpretation and feelings of these themed nights out.

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