A Yale fraternity has its pledges march around chanting, “no means yes! yes means anal!” A USC fraternity sends out an email explaining how to be Tucker Max, except for the ability to write three books and make a movie. Nothing much out of the ordinary for frats, except that it went public.
Two things to note: though this kind of frat stuff has been going on for decades, what’s different is that not only are they not discreet about it, but they want outsiders to know. This coincides with the second point:: rather than buckling down to the serious business of scoring chicks, they are more interested in broadcasting that they are about the serious business of scoring chicks.
The criticism of the frats is no better: it focuses not on the actual treating of women as objects, but the public display of it. This is the first sentence of the Jezebel article:
Once again an idiotic college student has brought shame on his fraternity, his school, and possibly the entire Greek system by doing something that confirms every misogynistic frat guy stereotype.
The shame isn’t that he treats an actual girl as a “gullet,” but that he did something that confirms the stereotype.
This is further evidenced by the fact that both fraternities apologized– but no one says that such an apology is insincere and meaningless. All that matters is the display of sincerity.
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