Why Degrade Women? It’s Insecurity
- Dartmouth frat names and demeans women the brothers had sex with
- Duke’s Alpha Delta Phi and Sigma Nu issue Halloween invitation to sorority “sluts, bitches, witches” — sprinkling the overture with supplementary disparagements
- Yale’s Delta Kappa Epsilon chanted, “No means yes! Yes means anal!” around the women’s dorms
- San Diego State frat boys screamed obscenities, threw eggs, and waved dildos at “Take Back the Night” marchers
Smells like insecurity
People with high self-esteem already know they’re pretty great, or at least just fine, and needn’t put others down to feel bigger by comparison.
Oh, but these guys are at the top of the food chain, you say. College men. Ivy Leaguers.
Since we rank men and masculinity above women and femininity, men are under constant pressure to “prove manhood.” To prove that they deserve that higher status.
To feel superior, many try to make women feel inferior. (Even as these guys demonstrate how dehumanized they are.)
It seems to be working. Dartmouth senior, Deanna Portero, says, “It’s depressing coming of age here.”
Here we have boys intimidating women in order to create a sense of male superiority that doesn’t exist in nature. If it did, they wouldn’t need to try so hard.
Posted on June 15, 2016, in feminism, men, psychology, rape and sexual assault, sexism, violence against women, women and tagged feminism, fraternities, insecurity, manhood, men, psychology, rape and sexual assault, sexism, violence against women, women. Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.