FHM features editor faces disciplinary action over rape post
FHM magazine found itself in the eye of a storm on Tuesday over a status update posted by its features editor Max Barashenkov, in which he joked about "corrective" rape.
In the update, Barashenkov suggested "correctional rape and sterilization for any white person who twerks".
Montle Moroosi, a fellow writer joined the banter by saying, “I think rape can be quite fun if executed in a romantic manner. Like saying ‘i love you’ before slipping a roofie in her earl grey tea”. After fellow Facebook friends claimed the comments condoned "corrective" rape, Barashenkov defended his statement by implying that because he had been a victim of "corrective" rape, he was at liberty to make jokes about it.
It didn't take long for someone to screen grab the comment thread and tweet a picture of the conversation, which led to a flood of reaction from Twitter users against both the writer and the magazine.
Many Twitter users suggested the magazine should take action against its writers.
Unbelievable that Corrective Rape is joked about on a public platform by FHM writers in South Africa which has sickeningly high rape stats.— Rochelle (@Planet_Rochelle) July 16, 2013
Men's mags go unchallenged as a site of profoundly patriarchal attitudes & celebrate misogyny as if it's an indication of excellence #FHM— Danielle Bowler (@DanielleBowler) July 16, 2013
If you bring your company into disrepute they are allowed to fire you. #FHM— Ryan Harris (@rfh100) July 16, 2013
The good news is that the corrective rape comments have put the spotlight on #FHM and the way they celebrate misogyny.— Grethe Koen (@the_rantingpony) July 16, 2013
FHM has since responded on the social media platform and distanced themselves from the "private comments" made by the writers and is set to take disciplinary action.
The private FB comments made by Max & Montle are indefensible. FHM is taking immediate disciplinary action.— FHM South Africa (@FHMSouthAfrica) July 16, 2013