A Perth pub stirs controversy through advertising its New Year’s Eve “Frat Party” with controversial banners, drawing the ire of Clementine Ford.
The Brass Monkey Hotel rightfully earned the disgust of Perth patrons this week when it chose to advertise its upcoming frat weekend by hanging signs over its balconies declaring such things as, “You teach her morals, we’ll teach her oral”, “Our couch pulls out but we don’t” and “Daughter Drop Off Point”.
The worry is that males attending the since-cancelled event would adopt the behaviours of real-life fraternity brothers, thus turning New Year’s Eve into an orgy of rape and sexual assault:
As Jessica Valenti writes in the Guardian, “Numerous studies have found that men who join fraternities are three times more likely to rape, that women in sororities are 74 per cent more likely to experience rape than other college women, and that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in four years away at school.” (The award winning documentary The Hunting Ground is also essential viewing in regard to this discussion.)
Feminist Valenti’s knowledge of the “numerous studies” showing men in fraternities “are three times more likely to rape” is not from the studies themselves but rather from an article at CNN. The CNN opinion piece by John Foubert cites his own research findings but the link is dead. He also cites a study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence which does not support the “three times more likely to rape” claim, saying instead:
Men with a history of perpetrating acts who met the legal definition of rape were more than 9 times more likely to perpetrate an act of sexual aggression during the 3-month follow-up period (OR = 9.63) than men without a history of sexual aggression. Moreover, fraternity men were more than 3 times more likely to engage in sexually aggressive acts during the 3-month follow-up period than non-fraternity men (OR = 3.27).
Foubert’s piece is more than opinion, however, it’s also an advertisement for his One In Four program which sells videos, books and manuals. The site makes nonsensical claims such as:
“One in Four college women have survived rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.”
Also note that Valenti offers no substantiation for her sorority rape claim and that the one in five figure is from a Guardian article about President Obama calling attention to sexual violence in the military and on campus.
Ford refers to The Hunting Ground as “award winning” but doesn’t mention any awards because the awards are insignificant.
Feminists live in a fantasy world of fake news.