Why Fraternities Promote Misogyny and Should be Removed

Denis Rekic, Website Manager

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Fraternities across the country have been in the hot seat lately, and rightfully so. Many fraternities have multiple rape cases. According to a study by Rainn, it is three times more likely that a woman will be sexually assaulted in a fraternity compared to a normal college dorm. This is obviously an open and closed case of misogyny right? So why is nobody doing anything about it?

Women have been sexually assaulted, harassed, and abused by fraternities all across the country, and no news network is talking about it. The number of verbally abusive chants are in the thousands. According to a study by Soraya Chemaly, a number of fraternities have sexist and racist chants that are taught to everyone who enters the fraternity.

Fraternity leaders claim that are their way for “boys to be boys” and that even though these are sexist comments, they are just jokes and laughs to have with fellow men. For example, there is a tradition in a fraternity at Amherst College of having a picture of a woman with an apple in her mouth, over a fire with the caption of “roasting fat ones since 1847.”

Is this still just a scenario of “boys will be boys”? Or will people finally open their eyes about what we are allowing across the country?

People in this country, mainly fraternity owners have been claiming that we the people are too sensitive. According to lawyers of Georgia Tech, the complaints about the sexist and misogynistic chants are typical cases of female “hypersensitivity.” If there is a proper claim of the literal definition of misogyny (dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women) in these chants, but if people don’t support it, you are over-sensitive.

There have been countless cases of misogyny and sexual abuse in fraternities, and the numbers are only rising. It is up to us as a country to remove fraternities as a whole in order to remove their misogynistic and sexist views.

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