Oh hey, Sentient Turd Chuck C. Johnson is at it again! “It” being, of course, harassing women and airing their personal business online. You may remember him from that time that he doxxed alleged UVA rape victim and Rolling Stone subject “Jackie” after threatening her for hours. It’s kind of worth noting that UVA’s investigation of the rape — which pushed forward even after Rolling Stone retracted their story — could not substantiate Jackie’s claims. The university recently reinstated the fraternity in question, and all UVA fraternities have embraced new rules about parties meant to encourage bystander intervention in the event of sexual assault. In other words, a magazine did a bad job of fact-checking an allegation of campus rape; the campus in question launched a thorough investigation of the claim with help from their local police; the investigation found the fraternity members in question innocent; the fraternity was reinstated; the university has, despite finding no wrongdoing, been open-minded about the larger issue of campus rape, which exists even if it didn’t happen in this specific situation, and has instituted measures to make the campus safer for women. Justice has been served both for the fraternity members and, in some measure, for women on campus.
Meanwhile, Steaming Pile Of Crap Chuck C. Johnson has done nothing but invade a woman’s privacy and invite strangers who are unconnected to the situation to harass her en masse. Keep reading »
Fresh off the heels of a fraternity at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee fielding accusations that they drugged female guests with roofies, someone at Forbes.com actually decided to publish a blog post arguing “Drunk Female Guests Are The Gravest Threat To Fraternities” (cached here). It’s the kind of journalism moment that the Seth and Amy “REALLY?!” GIF was made for.
The author is Bill Frezza, a Forbes contributor and the president of The Beta Foundation, the house corporation for the Chi Phi fraternity at MIT. With no exaggeration, Frezza more concerned with frats over people. The whole thing reads like a game of Sexist Victim Blaming No Accountability Bingo: his focus on “irresponsible women,” frets about “false accusations of rape,” and repeated jabs at feminists show he doesn’t care a whit about mens’ role in sexual violence against women — a subject he glosses over entirely except to accuse women of lying about it, even though we all understand that’s really what this whole thing is about. Keep reading »
Caitlyn Kovacs, a 19-year-old sophomore at Rutgers University, died early Sunday after passing out at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house. According to the New York Daily News, Kovacs’ friends noticed she “appeared to be in distress” early that morning. She died at a nearby hospital less than half an hour later. Kovacs was majoring in animal sciences and was described by her friends as upbeat and involved, with a good head on her shoulders. The story of her death remains pretty sketchy, and authorities are investigating but if any further details have been discovered, they haven’t been made public.
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Frat boys from Tau Kappa Epsilon at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee have been accused of slipping date rape drugs to young women at an off-campus party on Friday night after several female and one male student became so utterly incapacitated that police had to be called.
A UWM residence hall called the police three different times early Saturday morning after students came back to the dorm “unable to stand or walk.” All of the incapacitated students had X’s written on the back of their hands, which they said they got from the TKE party. And here’s where the part of the story gets weird. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Keep reading »
Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they’re impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what goes on behind closed doors. Read more on Newser…