We Love Yale Sluts

Repost from the old site.
A most interesting event occurred around January 21, 2008, in front of the Yale Women’s Center at 1 AM. A group of men pledging the Zeta Psi fraternity (a mostly athlete frat) posed in front of the women’s center with a sign saying, “We Love Yale Sluts”. They then uploaded the picture to Facebook.

Here’s the photo that caused the imbroglio at Yale. Actually, I think this picture is pretty humorous. I’m fully sympathetic with the female students who are pissed off about this though – it’s important to recognize that women are extremely offended and enraged by things we guys blow off. They see it as misogyny, and I guess they’ve got a point. It’s surely in poor taste all right.
Thing is, I used to look at tons of Internet porn. I must say that your average Internet porn site is much more misogynistic than this stuff. I don’t know what point I’m making here, but this seems like small potatoes to me. On the other hand, I’m a male, so this stuff doesn’t really hit home for me. I guess I don’t get it. If you’re trying to succeed with women, why be a sexist asshole?

It turned into a great big brouhaha. The Women’s Center promptly threatened to sue for sexual harassment and mischaracterized the initiation rite. They said that the group stood in front of the Women’s Center and chanted “Dick, dick, dick, dick!” and blocked the door as woman after woman, mostly rape victims apparently, tried to come in for counseling.
The facts:
The incident occurred at 1 AM and the center was closed. There were no women coming to the center that got their way blocked, and there were certainly no rape victims. Rape victims hardly ever go there anyway, and there are few of them on campus anyway. They weren’t chanting, “”Dick, dick, dick, dick!”; instead they were chanting “Deek, deek, deek, deek!” That’s the name of a rival frat.
Nothing has happened since the Women’s Center threatened to sue. They never attempted to contact the frat in any way, and the frat attempted to contact the WC many times. The leaders of the frat issued at least one formal apology.
Apparently the lawsuit never came, and on April 30 Yale found the frat not guilty of intimidation and harassment charges relating to the incident. The guy who held the “We Love Yale Sluts” sign in the pic is a football player whose Myspace page is here.
His name is Gio Chistodoulou and he claims he deeply respects women and had no idea what was on the sign he was holding. He says he thought it said, “We Love the Yale Women’s Center and All the Services It Provides”.
So. Do you think he’s lying?
A female, Jessica Svendson, claimed that she tried to enter the center but was blocked by the group of men shouting “Dick, dick, dick, dick!” She was so terrified by the word “dick” (I guess because she’s never experienced one) that she had to enter through the back door. Except that the center was closed, so how could she have gotten in anyway? She tried to appeal the university’s decision but was refused.
In an earlier incident, a group of male fraternity pledges stood in front of the same Women’s Center and chanted, “No means yes, maybe means yes, yes means anal!” over and over. Lot of women didn’t think that was too funny either.
The comments after these Feministing posts are interesting and encouraging. I sympathize with the anger and disgust towards these guys that these women are experiencing. They are calling these guys all sorts of names that they seem to deserve. That’s ok. I agree this was a pretty fuckwad thing to do. On the other hand, I think a lawsuit sounds pretty ridiculous.

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4 thoughts on “We Love Yale Sluts”

  1. whats college life like in the US? Is it really as easy to get laid as they say? When is too old to start college? Im 19 now, but I think I would be to old to be a freshman.

  2. Every university is full of women with nothing better to do than invent new forms of victimhood. At least 80% of feminism consists of convincing women that they didn’t realize how badly victimized they are.
    The Campus Rape Myth by Heather Mac Donald
    It’s a lonely job, working the phones at a college rape crisis center. Day after day, you wait for the casualties to show up from the alleged campus rape epidemic—but no one calls. Could this mean that the crisis is overblown? No: it means, according to the campus sexual-assault industry, that the abuse of coeds is worse than anyone had ever imagined.

    During the 1980s, feminist researchers committed to the rape-culture theory had discovered that asking women directly if they had been raped yielded disappointing results—very few women said that they had been. So Ms. commissioned University of Arizona public health professor Mary Koss to develop a different way of measuring the prevalence of rape. Rather than asking female students about rape per se, Koss asked them if they had experienced actions that she then classified as rape. Koss’s method produced the 25 percent [rape] rate, which Ms. then published….73 percent of the women whom she characterized as rape victims said that they hadn’t been raped.

    1. I get what Heather MacDonald is saying here. The fact remains, though, that women get raped on college campuses. Some of them have publicly come forward and talked about it, but a lot of people just don’t. Having been a young woman on campus myself, I can believe that a lot of people who go through it just keep it to themselves because they don’t think they’ll get any sympathy.
      The women most vulnerable are freshmen. A lot of them really don’t know what they’re getting themselves into.

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