Yale frat bros violent misogyny is totes ok because feminazis are strident

Oct 25 2010 Published by under #FWDAOTI, Gender

Or at least I think that is what this editorial bit in the Yale Daily News is getting at.

Last Wednesday, the pledges of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity issued just such a provocation. As they chanted their way across campus, the rest of us were forced to listen to tasteless jibes involving obscenity, jingoism and necrophilia.

But then came the coup-de-grace: “No means yes, yes means anal.” By making light of rape, the pledges crossed a line. In this newspaper’s view, the chanting was idiotic and offensive, and it should not be repeated.

And yet, as groups rushed to condemn the foolhardy DKE bros, they threw overwrought epithets, some almost as absurd as the chants themselves.

oh noes! not "overwrought epithets"!!!!!

Feminists at Yale should remember that, on a campus as progressive as ours, most of their battles are already won: All of us agree on gender equality. The provocateurs knew their audience’s sensibilities and how to offend them for a childish laugh. They went too far. But the Women’s Center should have known better than to paint them as misogynistic strangers and attackers among us, instead of members of our community; after all, they once partied in the brothers’ basement.

ohh, these poor innocent wittle babies have their fee-fees hurt... "misogynistic strangers"? "attackers"?

please. this is equivalent, nay perhaps even worse, than making light of sexual violence? hoo-kay.

Someone want to remind me again of one fucking positive thing that is accomplished by the fraternity systems on University campuses?

9 responses so far

  • Karen says:

    Note also the marginalization of women by presenting us as "them" throughout the editorial, and not just those harridans at the Women's Center. Am I alone in thinking that the three cases of the past feminist overreactions were actually pretty reasonable responses?

    And what a fabulous closer:
    "We would all do well to remember that, at Yale, the effectiveness and inclusiveness of women’s advocacy is inversely proportional to its radicalism."

    In other words, ladies, if you shut up and lie there, we'll let you vote or something. Stay classy, Yale!

  • Dr. O says:

    Feminists at Yale should remember that, on a campus as progressive as ours, most of their battles are already won: All of us agree on gender equality.

    Obviously not "all of us"...WTF.

  • becca says:

    1) frat boys wouldn't know the right buttons to push if they were staring them in the face, that's why they're frat boys
    2) the newspaper editorial authors might, which is what makes it tragic that they are so motivated to defend people who are such vile specimens
    3) the news paper editorial authors wouldn't know the right kind of feminism if they feministhulk smashed their heads in with Judith Butler
    4) "progressive" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y8Sx4B2Sk

  • CoR says:

    Maybe they were really chanting "no means yes, yes means anal" to one another in some strange display of homo-erotic behavior. Aren't frats really havens for repressed gay dudes? At least, that's what I've been told. Perhaps I am misinformed. But certainly, no person who was comfortable with their sexuality would run down a street chanting such a thing.

  • Samantha says:

    Benefit of frats: You know where to avoid so you don't have to run into douchebaggery.

    That's about all I've got.

  • The fact that some people feel the need/desire/pull to pay for their friends speaks volumes. Fraternities/Sororities are a concept whose time has passed.

  • muteKi says:

    "But the Women’s Center should have known better than to paint them as misogynistic strangers and attackers among us, instead of members of our community; after all, they once partied in the brothers’ basement."

    As Isis quite rightly pointed out, most sexual assaults tend not to be done by strangers.

    I can't get offended by the words, not in this context -- I've gotten desensitized to that sort of thing long, long ago -- but naturally the fact is that they do reflect a sad truth.

    I'd be quick to support the editorial had they, for example, discussed the statistics of sexual assault/rape/etc. for a sense of perspective (especially the bit about sexual assault rarely being a matter of strangers), but they failed to do so. Having given it some thought, I AM offended about that.

    I'd love for it to be possible for this to eventually become possible to joke about stuff like that without offending a large amount of people, since in order for that to happen, sexual assault would need to pretty much stop happening in the first place. (I think we can all agree THAT would be a good thing.)

    But still, fuck frats.

  • muteKi says:

    To be more concise -- I feel like the editorial glosses over the fact that sexual assault ACTUALLY HAPPENS. That's what I have a problem with.