“No means yes, yes means anal.” “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women.” These are a couple of the chants that pledges to Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity were ordered to recite during initiation Wednesday night at Yale. The outrage is in full force on the Yale campus. Higher-ups at DKE have issued sincere-sounding apologies; campus officials are emphasizing that such speech has no place at Yale. Women on campus have labeled it hate speech and a call to sexual violence. “It was a serious lapse in judgment by the fraternity and in very poor taste,” is the way DKE President Jordan Forney put it. The fraternity does not condone sexual violence. I wonder if the DKE President is snickering about all this behind closed doors. Since when haven’t fraternities engaged in this kind of thing? These “male bonding rituals” are notorious for drilling into men, in all kinds of inflammatory ways, that they’re not women and that “real men” are superior to women and keep them in their place. Okay, Yale women, and young women everywhere else – get upset and call this hate speech. That’s fine. But you ought to be learning from it. Everybody knows that men at this age are in their prime sexually. They also don’t always exercise the best judgment, especially in alcohol-fueled environments with like-minded others. You’d better be careful.
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