Higher education

Oh, hell.

The contestants — all pledges of Cornell’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity — called their secret, fat-shaming sex game the “Pig Roast,” according to the Daily Sun, Cornell’s student newspaper.

The rules were simple: Would-be brothers allegedly earned points for having sex with overweight women. If there was a tie at the end of the game, the victory went to whoever had slept with the heaviest woman. New members were told not to inform the women about the contest, according to a university report.

I’m so sick of meanness. If we could just do away with this kind of recreational meanness that would get rid of a lot of utterly pointless misery in the world. We can’t banish every disease or prevent every accident, but there’s no physical reason we couldn’t just stop doing shit like that.

Ryan Lombardi, Cornell’s vice president for student and campus life, called the game “abhorrent,” the Daily Sun reported.

“Behavior that degrades and dehumanizes women contributes to a climate and culture of tolerance for sexual violence,” he said.

Here’s a wild thought: maybe universities don’t actually need fraternities (and sororities) at all. Maybe they’re not a benign institution. Maybe they should just go the way of the duel and the male-only suffrage.

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