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LUMS Female Students Shut Down Misogynist Facebook Group That Featured Disgusting Memes

This is beyond sickening yet some people thought of them as dank memes.

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There’s no doubt that the Lahore University of Management Sciences is home to some of the top minds throughout Pakistan. These future innovators have access to the best teachers, facilities, and opportunities, and a core part of this is their adherence to merit. The educational institute is synonymous with excellence, and deservedly so.

On the other hand, given its status as one of the most distinguished and elite educational institutions here, LUMS is often in the news for any unbecoming conduct that doesn’t reflect good on it.

We are of course, talking about a recent incident regarding a deeply obscene and sexist Facebook page, whose sole purpose was to vilify and degrade the female population in the institute. The page was, unsurprisingly, run by former and current students from LUMS as well, most of them male.


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The Controversy

Recently, some female students from LUMS helped unearth a vile and disgustingly sexist Facebook Group with over 600 members (mostly male) which was infamous for sharing downright insulting ‘dank memes’ about the opposite gender.

Most of these extremely disgusting memes were casually shared and passed along as being ‘edgy and dark.’ Read behind the lines and it becomes quite apparent that the page promoted personal attacks against the female population studying at the premier business school.

Downright Offensive Content

People love saying that there is such a thing as freedom of speech, and that some souls don’t get dark humor. In fact, logic and intellect demands free thought so that all possibilities and permutations are entertained. That’s how new scientific theories, discoveries and inventions are possible.

There’s nothing wrong with this observation, until those thoughts become a vehicle for perpetuating vile human behavior, which is what happened in the case of this Facebook group run by LUMS students.

Point is, hurting other people just for the heck of it, is not okay in any culture.

How the Group Was Taken Down

Some brave female students took it upon themselves to infiltrate the belly of the beast i.e. the offensive Facebook page. They made public the vile going-ons and content being shared by its toxic members.  The LUMS Discussion Forum was used to share screenshots. and the page was shut down soon after.

This is what happened yesterday:

Following the successful protests, this is what the LUMS Students & Alumni Group tweeted regarding the whole episode:


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Concluding Thoughts

In case you’re wondering why we haven’t shared any offensive memes/content from the infamous group, there’s a good reason behind it. Any person with social media accounts can easily track them down.

We live in a world where violence against women is perpetuated against the most flimsiest of reasons (see ‘khana khud garam karlo’ as a recent example), and there’s no reason to give further oxygen to people who feel toxic masculinity is ok.

When poor kids get raped and left for dead, when a husband can assault and even kill his wife over domestic issues, and where families indulge in ‘honor-killing’, surely we need to take a hard look at ourselves, and wonder what went wrong. Hate isn’t learnt overnight, its a slow drip-feed that weaponizes young minds.

But lets start small shall we? Not sharing memes that degrade the fairer gender shouldn’t be too hard. One day we might realize how much we take for granted, and how women deserve better.

Written by Samir Yawar

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at ProPakistani. Reach out to him at [email protected]

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  1. The writer has struck a good balance between making this disgraceful behaviour public while not sharing the actual posts or memes. The focus should always be on the victims, not on the perpetrators of evil. Those who were part of the FB page should not get the cheap publicity they crave. Hats off to the brave female students for standing united and getting a grievous wrong corrected without stooping to ugliness and violence (I do wonder if the situation were reversed, how the boys would have behaved.) Now it is up to LUMS to deal with the situation in a mature but forceful manner to ensure such a situation never occurs again. Sad that this cream of educated youth are the future of Pakistan.

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