Teens Carry On Long-Standing Tradition Of Ranking Female Classmates’ Bang-ability In Online Contest

teen boy laptopThe young men of Issaquah High School in Washington need harder homework or something. Or maybe the difficulty of classes needs to be cranked up a couple notches? How else do you explain that these kids have been carrying on a Who’s Hotter online voting contest for the past five years? Seriously, don’t you have kids have finals?

King5.com reports that these high school boys are keeping the tradition of rating their female students’ hotness alive and well. Sounds exactly what every high school gal wants to have on her mind this time of year. Make sure you don’t stay up TOO late studying, ladies. Otherwise those bags under your eyes will cost you some precious hotness points:

It’s called May Madness, an online tournament where boys pit their female classmates against each other and vote on which is the sexiest. Girls are encouraged to “look their finest” at school while voting is going on…. The tournament imitates a contest put on by a local sports radio station, which ranks models and celebrities.

Issaquah High has reportedly been trying to make this bullshit disappear from the interwebs for half a decade with no luck. In 2012, when The Most Bang-able Contest resurfaced for year number four, parents went to the cops and reportedly got the site taken down. The comments online were “vulgar” and “profane” which was enough to warrant police threats. But this time around, these lame-os were more careful:

This year, the boys have buttoned up the website, making accessibility harder. “These are pretty smart folks behind this. They know their first amendment rights. They’re very quiet about who it is and the group behind it,” said [Sarah Niegowski, the district’s spokesperson].

Again, a more challenging homework plug is needed here. Clearly these kids are bored as hell in class so they’re funneling their obvious smarts into ultra tech-y hacker Us Against The Man fantasies.

Thankfully, some of the young ladies of Issaquah High have the sense to recognize how utterly problematic this crap is:

“This kind of thing is sexualizing us girls like we’re some sort of trophy,” said Devon Keller, a sophomore at the school.

“Almost every teenage girl has self-esteem issues,” added student Tristan Robinson. “And doing something like that is absolutely ridiculous.”

No matter. While that lot is clicking away over who has a more symmetrical face or what have you, you gals will snatch up all the top grades this term. LEAN IN, ladies.

(photo: Max Topchii / Shutterstock)

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  • Tea


    I promise, college age boys do actually study sometime.

  • Lastango

    I’m shocked! I for one never rated my classmates for hotness. Nope.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

    I’m going to probably piss people off, but how do cops get involved in profane and vulgar online comments? That’s fucking creepy in its own right.

    • Lastango

      Good point. Sounds like mission creep.

    • Tea

      My guess is a loose grab at cyber bullying?There may have been one, or many cease and desists filed, which would explain possible legal involvement, but it does seem like a strange thing for cops to be involved with.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

      except just talking amongst yourselves about who you want to screw isn’t in any way bullying. Now, if they’re walking into school (or emailing the people) and saying “I’d do you, you and you, but I’d have to be shitfaced to do you and I’d NEVER touch you” that would be bullying. But just talking about between themselves? No.

    • chickadee

      I think this situation involves an online site, which is cyberbullying as opposed to thought-policing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

      Depends on the nature of the site. If I set up a non public site–or hell, a private facebook group–to talk with my friends/classmates, and we discuss how we do/don’t like someone? Not bullying. Hell, even if I comment on my own facebook page or a public forum that I don’t like someone, that’s not necessarily bullying. You can make unpleasant statements without it being bullying or an attack.

    • chickadee

      I was also addressing your comment regarding ‘talking amongst yourselves,’ which isn’t illegal under almost all circumstances.

      But according to the linked article…

      “Last year when the tournament reappeared, parents went to police and got the website shut down, albeit temporarily. Back then, police threatened organizers with arrest because people were posting vulgar and profane comments under other people’s names, a crime in Washington.”

      So it was less the nature of the website that allowed its shutting down than it was what people were doing on it. If they were using their own names, presumably the police couldn’t have shut it down.

  • Tusconian

    Whatever happened to bathroom stall lists and looking ugly in high school.