A Cherwell article (available to read in full at the bottom of this page) which claimed that “posh girls lose their virginity at 15” has been removed from the newspaper’s website just one day after its original publication on Monday 20th August.The lifestyle piece entitled “A guide to dating posh girls” provoked a storm of controversy both on Facebook and on the Cherwell’s website, with readers branding it “misogynistic” and “condescending”.Meeting her parents Contrary to expectation, her parents will be smashing.They’ll wine and dine you, take you to the theatre and maybe even abroad.Posh Girls, ‘practically sisters’ since their years together in the boarding house, tell each other everything.Consequently they know more about your sex life than you do (and yes, this includes all the embarrassing cock-ups and habits she promised not to tell anyone).” Cherwell’s editors later replaced the feature with an apology but denied that claims of sexism or plagiarism had forced their hands.The editors wrote: “we have removed the piece largely because we would hate for a misunderstanding of the piece to lead to the belief that stereotypes of the kind [author] Tom [Beardsworth] is satirising are a part of Oxford life or that misogyny is something that is accepted by the University or its students.” They added: “In our view this piece was attempting to satirise the misogynistic (and, indeed, misandrist) ‘how to…’ dating guides that pervade the mainstream media.
Cherwell editors Grace Goddard and Barbara Speed were both unavailable for comment.
You’ll rarely hear the young lady mention something newsworthy and she will profess ignorance when you reference a current political controversy. Posh Girls can feign an apolitical apathy because their allegiances are a given, duh! Her godfather, it casually emerges, is a Cabinet minister.
Or she’s leaving town for the evening to ‘have supper in the Lords’.
Within her own country she remains firmly settled in the South.
The furthest north she will have been is LMH and even that she found ‘a bit grim’.