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Yale Fraternity's Chant Reveals Depth of Our Culture's Misogyny

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Written by Will Neville for RHRealityCheck.org - News, commentary and community for reproductive health and justice.

This article is crossposted from Amplify.org, a project of Advocates for Youth.

This is going to have to be short since I'm about to get on a plane, but I'm too angry NOT to write this. I feel too nauseous. I am too ashamed of my country and the culture we live in.

Apparently, a Yale University fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon decided to induct a new class of pledges with the following chant:

No means yes!
Yes means anal!
No means yes!
Yes means anal!
No means yes!
Yes means anal!
No means yes!
Yes means anal!

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Fucking sluts!

I don't even know where to start. Maybe this is just one more example of our culture's deeply ingrained misogyny. It's certainly not the first time fraternity brothers have shown insanely poor judgment —and in the era of YouTube, that poor judgment often ends up on display for all too see. In fact, DKE president Jordan Forney has already issued a public apology.

But this goes far beyond just a chant at a Yale frat house.

The problem isn't that a group of young men at yelled something stupid, over and over again. The problem is that I'm no longer sure we're shocked by people who turn rape and sexual assault into some kind of a joke. It's embarrassing for those involved, sure. But the sentiment they expressed is shockingly — and terrifyingly —mainstream. Read more

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