What is it about teenagers that compels them to make "lists" of girls? And with the advent of Facebook, are these lists getting worse?
The latest offense to make headlines is a Facebook page displaying photos of female students at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, along with sexual comments about the girls. According to the Washington Post, the page has now been removed, but not before principal Suzanne Maxey went on the school PA system to ask kids not to read it, basically ensuring that they would. This is far from the first time high-schoolers have used lists to systematically slam girls — last year, a group of senior girls at a New Jersey high school made news for their "slut list" of incoming freshmen, a years-old tradition that "basically consists of a list of girls and little blurbs of something degrading." These lists aren't just for teenagers — employees at a Dublin branch of PriceWaterhouseCoopers caused a scandal when they emailed around a list of their "top 10" hottest female coworkers. And of course, the Duke Fuck List proves that girls can list guys too — but one reason it caused such an uproar is that reversing the gender roles is so uncommon. Getting reduced to a hotness (or sluttiness) ranking on a Facebook or notebook page has been a chick thing since time immemorial.