“It’s that time to hunt,” writes a follower of the Facebook page Hotties of Melbourne University.
The comment is posted below an image of a female student, published alongside her full name and the course she is studying at the prestigious University.
Hotties of Melbourne University is self-described as “a page for all the hotties of Melbourne uni to be viewed.” Administrators ask followers to “message us photos of hotties” and put forward their friends and peers to have their attractiveness rated by followers of the page, which has over 13,000 likes.
Perhaps most upsetting is the call for people featured on the site to make contact “if you want a photo of you removed”.
That means that the comment, “she’s a bitch and has bad breath,” has been posted on a photograph of a women posted in a public forum, which has a very specific agenda, without her permission.
Other such comments posted on images of both female and male students include:
“I bet she’s really quiet during sex.”
"Phwoaaarrr I'd hit that like a Mack truck with no brakes."
"Body built for sin!!"
"I want to sit on this guys face!!"
"Some vibrato on her g-string would make some beautiful music."
"Where can I buy one of these?"
"Horrible angle of posture to pose from, minimal cleavage, not so cute pot, turtle face and tuckshop arms.
Melbourne University student Laura Blandthorn is among many who find the site and the views expressed within it reprehensible. Blandthorn, studying law at the institution, has created a Change.org petition calling for the removal of the page because "it condones sexism, predatory behaviour and disrespect."
"We are not fooled by the hollow gloss of false humour," she writes.