Karen Owen, a 2010 Duke graduate, made a mock-thesis PowerPoint presentation that became a whole lot more popular than she ever expected. Her mock-thesis was entitled "An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics" and basically consists of her own ratings of sexual conquests involving a dozen Duke students, mainly athletes from the lacrosse team.
Deadspin even featured the full, unedited PowerPoint presentation, until they received a bombardment of angry emails and phone calls from the players, parents and Karen herself, asking that, at the very least, the real names of the male students be blacked out.
Karen's list contained her exploits with mostly varsity athletes, complete with pictures, names, and details of every sexual encounter, including locations and certain body measurements (yes, I do mean that!). Points were awarded on the basis of physical attractiveness, sexual skills, aggressiveness, humor and athletic ability.
Karen has commented that this report was only meant to be seen by a small group of people and that it was never intended to go viral. Now, it seems like the only thing people are searching the net for is Karen Owen's full presentation.
"I regret it with all my heart," she reportedly said in an interview with Jezebel. "I would never intentionally hurt the people that are mentioned on that."
This whole situation has caused a great uproar at Duke and beyond. The men whose sex lives have been revealed to the world no doubt feel violated and ashamed. Many are placing this incident into the realm of cyber bullying, especially in the wake of the tragic suicide of Rutgers Freshman Tyler Clementi.
Some are glorifying Karen Owen, saying that she is empowering women by subjectifying men to the same type of sexual ridicule that men have placed on women for ages. Others are not so optimistic, claiming this so-called "f*** list" reflects the lack of refinement of sexual and moral attitudes among youth as well as the dangerous potential of widespread social media.
What do you think?