After Donald Trump鈥檚 Access Hollywood scandal, the idea of 鈥渓ocker room talk鈥 is top of mind for a lot of people right now. The lewd comments made by Trump on that bus were infamously dismissed by the presidential candidate as simply something men do behind closed doors. It鈥檚 that ideology of 鈥渂ecause it鈥檚 common it鈥檚 cool鈥 that didn鈥檛 sit well with the public. And rightly so. Which is why the majorly sexist scandal that just hit Harvard, one of the world鈥檚 most respected universities, comes as a serious blow.

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The Harvard Crimson recently revealed that the men鈥檚 soccer team has an annual tradition of ranking the freshman on the women鈥檚 team based on attractiveness. The Harvard Crimson writes, 鈥淎 member of Harvard鈥檚 2012 men鈥檚 soccer team produced a document that, in sexually explicit terms, individually assessed and evaluated freshmen recruits from the 2012 women鈥檚 soccer team based on their perceived physical attractiveness and sexual appeal.鈥

But this wasn鈥檛 just a 鈥渂urn book鈥 or an immature list handwritten by the team after practice. The uncovered email document is a whopping nine pages long and is referred to as a 鈥渟couting report.鈥 Each female player on the list was given a numerical score and a 鈥減aragraph-long assessment.鈥 Also included are photographs pulled primarily from Facebook.

While the uncovered document was from four years ago, it has since been found to be an annual tradition which continued into the current 2016 season. In response to the revelation, the Harvard administration has made the firm decision to have the team forfeit the rest of the season.

Harvard Athletics Director Bob Scalise told CNN, 鈥淲e strongly believe that this immediate and significant action is absolutely necessary if we are to create an environment of mutual support, respect, and trust among our students and our teams.鈥

Additionally, Harvard Athletics has announced it will partner with the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to inform and educate student-athletes on the seriousness of this issue and the standard of respect expected of them.

It should be noted that there are only two games left for the men鈥檚 team this year. So it鈥檚 not like they鈥檙e sitting out for the majority of their season because of this. However, the severe and widely public response sets a much-needed standard for any organizations who might have to deal with a similar situation in the future. Locker room banter isn鈥檛 just locker room banter. It鈥檚 sexism and it鈥檚 straight-up unacceptable.

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