Oh . . . so you think my stereotype is bigoted . . . but is it really bigoted to believe that fraternity men are more likely to commit sexual assault than other men on campuses?
Because that’s my opinion, and it is supported by studies, observation, and experience. Is that the “bigoted” stereotype? Or is it something else?
It is a bit off the topic of sexual assault, but do you see why it might bother non-greek students that fraternity members provide this sort of advantage to their “brothers?” I’ll probably be called a bigot for saying so, but this is the sort of thing that makes people believe that fraternities exist at least in part to circumvent attempts to make opportunities (in and after college) more equitable and to preserve the “good old boy” way of doing things.
Just be clear, what you are quoting is from the study I linked. I quoted it because the conclusions interesting, but I agree that not all fraternity chapters encourage or create an environment conducive to all 3 things. But many do, and we are talking about greek life as a whole rather than about particular “brothers” or houses. Generally, fraternity/greek life has tended to encourage and/or create a culture conducive to such things as compared to non-fraternities. I really don’t think that this is in serious dispute.
I agree. If the original question was “What is your opinion of the culture of male college athletics?” we could be having a very similar conversation. But I don’t see this as being particularly redeeming with regard to fraternities.
Again I agree. But IMO schools haven’t all that successful in so doing. It turns out that, oftentimes, the social structure of greek life makes it very difficult to meaningfully reform.
This what I find most interesting about this recent period of anti-greek sentiment, as well as the movement to ban such organizations: Much of it is coming from within the fraternities and sororities. Members who would like to see reform have come to the conclusion that, within the social structure of greek life, meaningful reform isn’t going to happen, and that it may make more sense to get rid of it all together. See this article, for example. The War on Frats - The New York Times