- The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questions like the brothers’ names, birthdays, hobbies, and future goals. UVM students can sign a petition asking to disband the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat over this incident here. If we have any Frisky readers at UVM, I’d love to hear your take on the reaction on campus. [Safer Campus]
- Fourteen years ago, identical twin boys named Wyatt and Jonas were born to two parents in Maine. Today, Wyatt lives as Nicole and the whole family has helped to support their transgender loved one through the Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston. “She really is a girl,’’ says mom Kelly, “a girl born with a birth defect. That’s how she looks at it.” Definitely read their fascinating story! [Boston Globe]
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The barfy things that frat boys do know no bounds. Fellow ladyblog Jezebel obtained an email yesterday which was allegedly written by a brother in USC’s Kappa Sigma fraternity instructing his brethren on how to “rate” their conquests. There’s a numbered scale, people. Oh, and rape jokes. Keep reading »
To those of you too busy reading about the historic uprisings in the Middle East, let me catch you up really quickly on the ongoing turmoil in the faraway country of Charlie Sheen. The millionaire sitcom star has been publicly self-destructing. Years of alleged substance abuse, marital problems and bizarre behaviors have, apparently, climaxed. Over the past week or so, he has seemingly divided like a cell into multiple versions of himself and simultaneously appeared on every live television talk show currently being produced. But like most modern celebrity scandals, the personal immolation we’re witnessing isn’t really about the vaguely human celebrity whose antics and flaws and outrageous moral lapses are beamed from dozens of differently shaped boxes directly to our brains. Keep reading »
- Two Greek societies at Duke University sent Halloween party invitations to students that some say are inappropriate. Fraternity Sigma Nu implored women to dress as “a slutty nurse, a slutty doctor, a slutty schoolgirl, or just a total slut,” while Alpha Delta Pi’s email read, “Dear bitches, I mean witches.” (Note: Alpha Delta Pi is a sorority, but the Daily News article describes it as a “the off-campus fraternity Alpha Delta Pi.”) I don’t know, but I don’t find this that offensive. It’s just Halloween, people. [New York Daily News]
- Clark Atlanta University will open The Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership Academy at its school of social work, partially with funding from Verizon, to train students to research the issue. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
- TIME spoke with Dr. Warren Hern, the last remaining abortion provider who publicly admits to doing late-term abortions. “I have been committed to this work since I started in 1973. I will continue doing it,” Hern said. “The people who disagree should leave me alone. It is the clear policy of the American anti-abortion movement to kill every doctor who does abortions. It is not a secret.” [TIME]
This NSFWish (use headphones) video shows Yale University fraternity pledges marching through campus shouting, “No means yes! Yes means anal! No means yes, yes means anal!” According to Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon.com, they also shouted, “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I f**k dead women,” though that wasn’t captured on audio. The president of the DKE fraternity, Jordan Fourney, released an apology, calling the anal rape chants “a serious lapse in judgment by the fraternity and in very poor taste.”
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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