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The Daily Northwestern: Northwestern buzzed this April with conversation about how sexual violence touches our campus — from Sex Week to the Take Back the Night March to last week’s statement at The Rock. Interfraternity Council chapters hung banners in the fraternity quad reading “(fraternity name) supports survivors” or “It’s everyone’s problem.”
Although perpetration of sexual assault is not limited to Greek men, a 2005 study by Ohio University found that men in fraternities were three times more likely to commit sexual assault than non-affiliated male students. These banners publicly project an image of solidarity, and some chapters made signs and marched with Take Back the Night. A congratulations is hardly in order, however. Conversations about sexual assault within fraternities must continue beyond a single month of awareness or solitary presentation from Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators or Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault.Fraternity men must hold friends accountable or else their banners are just cruel reminders that attempts to change sexual culture in fraternities are purely symbolic.
In her book “Campus Sex, Campus Security” feminist scholar Jennifer Doyle asks what it would look like for a campus to be held accountable for its sexual culture. What would it look like for IFC chapters to be held accountable for the sexual culture they create at NU? What would it look like for Panhellenic Association as a national organization to be held accountable for the sexual culture it creates by limiting parties and alcohol to male-dominated spaces? What would it look like for conversations about sexual assault to be ongoing on campus, instead of simply occurring for the purpose of checking a box or reacting to demonstrations?
It looks like always keeping an eye on friends’ drinking and who they’re trying to take home. It looks like asking if a friend is interested in and capable of going home with someone. It looks like sororities hosting parties so that women on campus have control over who gets through the door and what they drink. It looks like a radical shift in our discourse about sexually active women — toward support instead of shame.
Jessica Schwalb is a Weinberg freshman. She can be contacted at[email protected].
Oh look, more college idiots making fools of themselves. So let me get this straight. Fraternities get an unfair rap as being rape factories because they have parties on campus and like to hook up with chicks. In order to show the campus that they are indeed opposed to rape they hang these banners outside of their houses to let the world know that they oppose rape. Then some idiotic feministo on a power trip tells them it’s not good enough.
Makes sense. It’s like when peaceful Muslim people speak out against terrorism. I’m assuming that Jessica Schwalb yells at these people and says they’re not doing enough to stop terrorism either. Even though they are completely innocent, it’s still their job to make sure that terrorism never happens, just like it’s the job of innocent frat bros to make sure that no other frat bros rape anyone. Duh.
The most bullshit part about this is blaming colleges and fraternities for the “sexual culture.” As if drunk college girls with loose morals have NOTHING to do with that. Look, it takes two to tango. No one is condoning rape. Ever. But a big thing that feministos have been pushing since day one has been “sexual liberation.” They are the ones who created this “sexual culture,” not frats.
Just check out the last paragraph:
It looks like always keeping an eye on friends’ drinking and who they’re trying to take home.
Or you could just trust your friends to be adults and make responsible decisions. I’ve seen this one a million times before. It’s the miserable hag who hates all men and spends the rest of the night making sure her friends don’t hook up with anyone, because God knows she won’t be.
It looks like asking if a friend is interested in and capable of going home with someone.
Newsflash – if you ask a friend if they’re capable of going home with someone, they will say yes. Regardless of whether or not they are drunk. If they look like they’re about to pass out and the guy they’re with has the date-rapey look in his eyes, then by all means, intervene. But until then, try to treat your adult friend like, I dunno, an adult?
It looks like sororities hosting parties so that women on campus have control over who gets through the door and what they drink.
Hey moron, sororities are the ones who don’t allow themselves to have parties. Because sororities are nice and fraternities are shitty. The only reason for frats to exist is for them to get torn apart in parties. Sororities realize this and don’t have parties for that exact reason. Because guys can live in filth and shit and girls can’t.
It looks like a radical shift in our discourse about sexually active women — toward support instead of shame.
Luckily for her Turtleboy knows plenty of people who actively support sexually active women. Problem solved.
The bottom line is there is ZERO reason to try to kiss the asses of these feministo psychopaths. No matter what you do it won’t be enough. They’re miserable human beings who only exist to shit on dudes. The best way to show that you’re against rape is to just not rape people, like 99.999% of civilized human beings already do.
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