Media Courtesy of mediaite.com
Courtesy of mediaite.com
If you were quick, than you would have seen that a Forbes
contributor wrote a very offensive column on Tuesday (Sept. 23), which was quickly removed from the website.
Courtesy of businessinsider.com
The article blamed intoxicated females for the many problems that face college fraternities.
Bill Frezza's column, titled “Drunk Female Guests Are The Gravest Threat To Fraternities”, points out the many perceived risks that women pose to the typically do-gooding fraternity men he advises. According to Gawker
, Frezza is an MIT alumnus and serves as the president of the alumni house corporation for the school’s Chi Phi chapter.
MIT has recently become a part of the ongoing debate about the role of Greek life on college campuses. The university recently
suspended large parties on campus after an intoxicated college-age female fell from a third-floor window of an MIT fraternity house.
Student drinking has a key role as the issue of college sexual assault continues to emerge as a national discussion, with some people controversially suggesting
that young women are asking to be sexually assaulted by getting so intoxicated.
In his column, Frezza works to shift the blame of the many issues surrounding Greek life and student safety from rowdy frat boys to drunk college girls:
“We take the rules very seriously, so much so that brothers who flout these policies can, and will, be asked to move out. But we have very little control over women who walk in the door carrying enough pre-gaming booze in their bellies to render them unconscious before the night is through..."
Frezza continues by saying, "In our age of sexual equality, why drunk female students are almost never characterized as irresponsible jerks is a question I leave to the feminists. But it is precisely those irresponsible women that the brothers must be trained to identify and protect against, because all it takes is one to bring an entire fraternity system down.”
Some of his advice is, surprisingly, helpful. For example, he writes, “In addition to the usual bouncers, assign several brothers to monitor female party guests. If any appear out of control, walk them to the door and put them in a cab heading back to their dorm.”
In another paragraph, he suggests some solid advice for fraternity members:
“And please, look out for each other. Do not let a drunk brother take a drunk female to his bedroom. During parties wet or dry, let the water flow – proper hydration and dilution is the best remedy for over consumption. Make sure there are filled water pitchers everywhere. Press them on intoxicated guests even if they resist.”
After this article, Forbes dropped Frezza
as a contributor to their website.
Great advice for protecting both the women and the men.
Although, it still won't distract you from the very outdated and offensive thinking towards female students.
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