Oxford student fined 120 pounds over 'great rack' election slogan
London, May 6 (ANI): An Oxford University student, who flaunted her 'great' breasts in a bid to win votes in an election, has been fined 120 pounds for bringing the Union into disrepute.
Ex model Madeline Grant was campaigning for the post of Union Librarian when she prompted a sexism row by making references to her cleavage in her manifesto.
The 19-year-old, who is reading English literature and languages at St Hilda's College, declared in her campaign posters: 'I don't hack, I just have a great rack.'
Her comments triggered howls of protest about her 'sexist' attempt to sway votes, the Daily Mail reported.
Isabel Ernst, President of the Union, asserted that Grant had been fined 120 pounds for bringing the Union into 'disrepute' by speaking out in the national press.
Grant defended her election campaign in March by claiming that the offending remark had been a satirical joke to liven up the historic debating society's particularly ruthless elections.
She insisted that she altered her manifesto the next day to remove it, but the draft version was formally displayed in the Union for a day and was picked up and published by the student newspaper Cherwell.
"Miss Grant spoke to the national press while on the committee without permission from the president, which is against Union rules," A spokeswoman for the Union said.
She maintained that Grant had been a member of the standing committee, but lost her seat after what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid for the higher position of Union Librarian.
The spokeswoman confirmed that Grant has since resigned from the Union.
In her manifesto, rather than dwelling on weighty suggestions for running the library, her policies comprised being committed to helping members 'pull', or find a sexual partner, as well as the claim that she once had 'a hug'n'kiss from Johnny Depp' and had dated 'a shady Japanese businessman' to gain sponsorship for a ball held at the Union.
"While this manifesto is clearly meant to be humorous, it shows a distinct lack of judgment," a Union member said at the time.
"It is deeply saddening to see women objectifying themselves in manifestos."
Replying to the allegations, she said: "I thought my statement was really funny when I wrote it. I wanted to do something provocative.
"I wrote it in a hurry, I did it last-minute in a couple of days. But as soon as I handed it in, I realised it might be offensive to some people, so I rewrote it. The idea that I'm an anti-feminist is rubbish."
She said her manifesto was modified by replacing the 'rack' comment with: 'I'm just here for the craic', as in the Irish expression for fun. (ANI)
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