Dear The Feminist Society of the University of St Andrews,
We respect the statement that you made last night and would like to remedy the failures of Linden Grigg’s article. We took down the Freshers’ magazine when your complaint was noted.
The Saint have decided to retract Linden Grigg’s personal comment piece on masculinity and when platonic relationships become romantic and allow him to rewrite it. We apologise for the humorous tone with which salient issues were approached. The central relationships depicted were never intended to read as non-consensual. However, the metaphor depicting hounding behaviour was inappropriate and we are sorry. Trivialising such behaviour was never the intention of the paper; hence, the article is being rewritten and we welcome pieces addressing toxic masculinity, “locker room” culture, and other issues. We take seriously the concerns of the student body and recognise our failure. We hope The Saint can be an effective tool in examining difficult issues that impact our community.
Linden was reflecting on his own relationship and the article was never intended to be insensitive to survivors of sexual violence. We aim to remove the heteronormative and cisgender bias and we acknowledge that the scope and tone of this piece are wrong for addressing the characteristics of “locker room” culture, its impact on consent, and toxic masculinity. Linden assures us that none of his analogies were racially charged.
The Saint takes gender-based sexual violence seriously and we acknowledge your criticism and hope better articles will be produced as a consequence. We are open to articles on these issues and would encourage a response to Linden’s amended piece. It is now entitled “So Far in my Life, Harry was Right”, in reference to a specific relationship experience.
Linden has said the following, “I apologise to all members of the St Andrews community who feel that I have disregarded their very real experiences of sexual assault. My intention was certainly never to write an article in which these experiences were mocked or derided; instead, I wished to write about a consensual relationship of my own that had gone from being platonic to romantic. In amending the article, I hope it is clear that I take the concerns of the Feminist Society very seriously. I do find it hurtful that you suggest I ‘am unable to view women through a lens other than sexual’. This is untrue and misleading. I have three younger sisters at home, all of whom I admire immensely, and my mother is my role model in life. I would never objectify a woman, and it goes without saying that I respect all women.”
We intend to publish this letter on our website.
The Saint Executive Team