What Women Have to Fear From Men in Fraternities

With the story hitting the news about Palo Alto University psychologist Carrie Cage’s allegations of sexual assault by then-high school student Shane McGrew, attention is focusing once again on the conditions that breed mistreatment of women in male-dominated organizations. According to the Washington Post story that first documented the details of Dr. Cage’s account, McGrew committed the assault while a high school junior at the elite male-only Georgetown Preparatory School. He and several of his friends were present at the time of the attack, she stated, which occurred at a party in which everyone was drinking beer, but especially the boys. In his senior yearbook entry, McGrew made a number of references to drinking, and claimed that he was a member of the “Beach Week Ralph Club” and “Keg City Club.”

Although not too many people would like to have all the details of their high school escapades revealed …

The Sexual Implications of Greek Life Formals

At bars, buying someone a drink carries a certain implication — at the very least it displays sexual interest, and at the most it can be an expectation of sexual interaction.

But what about paying anywhere between $200 and $400 for transportation, dinner, drinks and a hotel room for one night of dancing in Chicago, Milwaukee or another short-distance location? After interviewing men and women from various UW sororities and fraternities, Indecent Exposure found out the sexual expectations are high when it comes to attending a fraternity formal.

Sororities and fraternities make up only a little more than 10 percent of UW-Madison’s student population — much lower than other Big 10 schools like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan, each with just under 20 percent. However, there is still a strong shared culture within UW’s Greek community.

There are many differences in the rules between …