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So… any explanation whatsoever from those complaining (or seeking to punish) about exactly why they find this objectionable?
(I can think of possibilities other than their being “sex-negative” or especially sensitive to flag usage, but would prefer to consider their actual complaints, if they had the decency to offer any.)
I see nothing wrong with the photo here. What? Young hunk men in their prime are supposed to be asexual? Reminds me of the old movie entitled “Porky’s” where the stuffy old moral majority folks of the community demanded morality from their youth when all the while they themselves were playing porn under the town courthouse.
So frat boys can rape all they want, and its totally fine, but posing near-naked with a flag, that’s just over the line.
The group shot with the flag across the front is harmless enough. The individual shots where they wear the flag could be deemed inappropriate. Flag etiquette is fairly strict when it comes to public displays. (And, yes, I would consider snapshots displays since they are posing with it.)
The only thing inappropriate about this image is there’s only 10 guys and there’s twelve months in my year.
I will spend the rest of my day thinking about the late night crunch sessions that devolved into a celebration of young abdominals and sweat.
And of course the homage to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by the African-American frat brother.
Only in America would this cause any problems. It’s a shame. Over in the U.K., university teams put out naked beefcake calendars and no one bats an eye: http://www.queerty.com/watch-warwick-rowing-team-2013-calendar-a-k-a-brokeback-boathouse-20121129/
And in other, equally important news, I bought new ukelele strings today.
@erics: I have to say your automatic assumption that rape is in any way a part of fraternity life is highly offensive. I was in a fraternity for many years and any mistreatment of women in any way was completely unacceptable. The response by their national headquarters, whenever a fraternity chapter gets in any trouble for any reason the standard practice is to immediately suspend them. After this an investigation will ensue and in the end nothing bad will happen to the guys.
@longpastdue: It’s already over. They have to go through an educational program, then they can go back to keggers and sending naughty letters to sororities. In the meantime they can’t hold parties and will have to visit other frat houses.
@longpastdue: All well and good, but why does this even qualify as “in any trouble for any reason” in the first place?
Why did these frat guys send this naked invitation only to women? It has an air of sexism about it. Don’t you gay guys care about sexist attitudes to women?
Maybe you guys think that sexist attitudes to women are ok. Sad.
@Brian: Only sexist if they wouldn’t want the sorority to send them equivalent pictures. And somehow I doubt they’d mind at all.
@Brian, can you explain precisely how this is sexist, other than “having an air” of it?
It’s sexist because they sent the photo only to women.
If that is sexist, you might as well call yourself sexist for dating only guys (as I assume you do, but please correct me if I am wrong).
@hyhybt: well what I meant was really anytime the University feels the need to contact the national headquarters but no I don’t understand why a big deal was made out of this. It is hardly the first time, many chapters have done calendars of at least this much or more near-nudity.
@longpastdue: It was the use of the flag, and it was accompanied by a note that celebrated alcohol abuse and hazing. That and that the sheer volume of WTF made the whole thing go viral. Truthfully though, this is pretty much normal for the frats at UoM (my alma mater).
Im torn. As usual, while the photo itself is not offensive nor meant for anyone’s eyes. Lately with the problems with a few fraternities and sororities they should have had better judgment. That said, just this alone would not be enough for me to cancel our alliance with any fraternity or sorority. If a sorority posted a pic like this would it have received the same criticism I just don’t know.
who cares, frats are for losers who need to buy friends anyways. So the national frat suspended one chapter? How will this impact any of their lives in any way?
@viveutvivas: Brian is an idiot and a troll, don’t bother.
Other than an inappropriate use of the american flag, this is totally G rated. There’s an administrator out there somewhere that needs a good hard lay.
@topshelf: You’re right. I’d find it much more appropriate if they dropped the flag.
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