Sunday, September 18, 2011

Freshmen orientation - Guys doing push-ups on top of girls - Unnecessary

Quoted from inSing.com "Girls in tears over touchy-feely games", translated from the Lianhe Wanbao 《联合晚报》 Sep 16, 2011 article, it revealed inappropriate orientation games for students to be overly touchy and sexually unwanted. I hope the seniors of local universities and other tertiary institutions can spare some thoughts on others before setting up such immoral games.

Inappropriate orientation games for students have made the news again!

A female student recently burst into tears when taking part in a 3-day 2-night orientation camp held by a local university.

According to an insider at the camp, the girl had been uncomfortable with the physical contact in bonding games and had excused herself by saying she had a headache. However, she could not stand the peer pressure and eventually broke down into tears.

The insider said, "I heard the girl has a boyfriend and was disgusted by the amount of physical contact. She felt forced to be unfaithful to her boyfriend and could not stand the pressure."

The insider also expressed objections to the games. He said, "The push up game was especially inappropriate. The boys and girls were up close and face to face with each other. If the boy wanted to take advantage of the girl, he could pretend to collapse and lie on top of her."

The insider also felt that many of the bonding games were meaningless, inappropriate and displayed little concern for how the students feel. Some girls have been uncomfortable with the excessive physical contact and more than one have broken down and cried.

Some of the games are played in these ways:

- The girl lies flat on the ground while the boy does push ups on top of her.

- A boy and a girl stand back to back. The girl has to stretch her arms behind her to hug the boy.

- A boy and a girl have to eat a biscuit together from two ends while holding it up with only their mouths. They have to finish the biscuit.

This is not the first time that inappropriate orientation games have made the news. Many controversial bonding games have surfaced over the years, some come with inappropriate physical contact while some are even dangerous.

In a camp hosted by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2004, girls were made to take off the swimming trunks of some boys.

A "human pole dancing game" required a person to pole dance with another person of the opposite sex acting as the "pole".

Another game required girls to lick whipped cream off the topless bodies of boys.

On such games, a student Liu Mei Qing (age 20) said, "I think many girls are like me, we take part in the games and regret it later on when we think about it. But actually, girls can opt out of the games if they are uncomfortable with them."

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