OK, we know the following characterization is NOT 100 percent representative of all fraternities in this country.
But still, the stats about sexual assault and tales of misogynistic behavior in the essay, “Bros Before Hos,” published by history and gender studies professor Nicholas L. Syrett on the National Sexuality Resource Center’s web site, are beyond scary.
You’ll have to read the essay yourself for his particularly eloquent argument about how the closeness of men in frats fosters misogynistic behavior and a fear of homosexuality—it’s worth a read for anyone who has known or loved a frat boy. Synett’s certainly not arguing frat boys are worse than other men, but they do live in a unique environment that has an affect on them. Frat boys don’t sound like they’ve ever not had a weird relationship with sex, masculinity and power.
Six scary things we learned about frat boys from reading his essay, after the jump…
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Okay ladies, how many times has this happened to you? It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon. You and your man have lunch plans with the parents. At a nice restaurant, too. One of those cloth napkin, jacket required, “why are you ordering a burger when the chef’s signature trout almondine is on the menu today”-kind of places. Yeah, it’s shaping to be a pretty good day.
Except he should have picked you up already. What gives? Keep reading »
There were two main storylines on The Hills this week, one of which was boring (Lauren and Whitney go to New York to talk to Teen Vogue‘s editor about some stupid fashion show we don’t care about!) and one of which was strangely compelling (Brody and Spencer, can they make it work?). The latter spurned some deep thinking as to whether the old adage, “Bros before hos” has lost its meaning. So we IMed The Sensitive Guy, The Hipster Guy, and The Married Guy and this is what they had to say: Keep reading »