All photos by Andrew Moisey. The American Fraternity looks like one of those books you might pick up in your attic that unleashes a series of catastrophic events and ultimately leads to the demise of your entire family. The physical nature of it, as an art object, connotes secrets.
Despite hazing being illegal in most parts of the US, the college-level bullying still occurs year after year. From uncomfortable sexual acts to cattle-style branding, brace yourself for some weird frat and sorority rituals. From Ayetonylim:.
Long before Andrew Lohse became a pariah at Dartmouth College, he was just another scarily accomplished teenager with lofty ambitions. That fall, he enrolled at Dartmouth, where he had wanted to go for as long as he could remember. This, like the high salaries that Dartmouth graduates command — the sixth-highest in the country, according to the most recent estimates — is a point of pride.
Tuesday night, Jane Ward of the University of California, Riverside had over people close their eyes to imagine sorority sisters pouring chocolate syrup on one another and demanding the new pledges to lick it off everyone else. At the talk, Ward discussed the homosexual contact between straight white males as a part of hazing rituals and how it affects their heteromasculinity. Heteromasculinity is the social and cultural pressure that in order to conform and to reaffirm their masculinity, males must fit a certain physical and sexual mold.
Advertisement Close X. This house was bustling, though, on the previous Saturday. I was part of that system.
As a video circulated online on 7 October showing what appeared to be a sexual hazing ritual at an Indiana University fraternity, some who saw it shrugged. The video, which still could be found on YouTube, Twitter and other Web sites early on 8 October, appears to capture a fraternity hazing party. In the second cellphone video, a male pledge in nothing but boxer shorts is seen performing a sex act on a naked woman atop a dirty inflatable mattress.
L ast year in the US, four freshm an students died as a direct result of hazing rituals during college fraternity initiation ceremonies. All the deaths occurred during or just after drinking bouts in which the victims consumed vast amounts of spirits in a short space of time while older students egged them on. One of the deceased, Maxwell Gruver, 19, a student at Louisiana State University, was found to have had a blood-alcohol level over.
Hank Nuwer does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. On the one hand, fraternities, bands and team sports provide a welcoming atmosphere for students who value the support and mentorship of older peers. They contribute to school spirit, often have members in student government and produce loyal, generous alumni after graduation.
Susan Lipkins, a psychologist for over twenty years, specializes in campus conflict and violence in high schools and colleges. Read more Alleged sexual assault, violence creeps way into team hazing rituals October 26,
Hazing US Englishinitiation ceremonies  British Englishbastardisation Australian Englishragging South Asiaor depositionrefers to the practice of ritualschallenges, and other activities involving harassmentabuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group including a new fraternity, sorority, team, or club. Hazing is seen in many different types of social groups, including gangssports teamsschools, military unitsand fraternities and sororities. The initiation rites can range from relatively benign pranks to protracted patterns of behavior that rise to the level of abuse or criminal misconduct.