Fraternity Gang Rape: Sex, Brotherhood, and Privilege on Campus

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NYU Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Social Science - 254 pages
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This widely acclaimed and meticulously documented volume illustrates, in painstaking and disturbing detail, the nature of fraternity gang rape. Drawing on interviews with both victims and fraternity members, Peggy Reeves Sanday reconstructs daily life in the fraternity, highlighting the role played by pornography, male bonding, and degrading, often grotesque, initiation and hazing rituals.

In a substantial new introduction and afterword, Sanday updates the incidences of fraternity gang rape on college campuses today, highlighting such recent cases as that of Duke University and others in the headlines. Sanday also explores the nature of hazing at sororities on campus and how Greek life in general contributes to a culture which promotes the exploitation and sexual degradation of women on campus. More broadly, Sanday examines the nature of campus life today and the possibility of creating a rape-free campus culture.


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The author of this book and other anti-male groups defines rape as "Any woman who has sex with a man" They believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process. Woman have consensual adult sex with men for different reasons. Some YOU may not agree with. But that is not your business. It's their business why they have sex and who they have it with. The author believes all adult women who have sex with men are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. They try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever have sex with a man unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of women who have sex with men are victims of rape. Since they believe all men are evil. 


Introduction to the Second Edition
Foreword by Judge Lois G Forer
Introduction to the First Edition
I The XYZ Express
II Phallocentrism Male Power and Silencing the Feminine
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Page 20 - It is true," says the learned judge just referred to, " that rape is a most detestable crime, and therefore ought " severely and impartially to be punished with death ; but " it must be remembered that it is an accusation easy to be " made, and hard to be proved, but harder to be defended " by the party accused, though innocent.
Page 20 - Rape is the carnal knowledge of any woman above the age of ten years against her will, and of a woman-child under the age of ten years with or against her will.
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Peggy Reeves Sanday is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of many books, including A Woman Scorned: Acquaintance Rape on Trial and, most recently, Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy.

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