Yale University fraternity says sorry for rape chant of "No means yes"
Advocating rape has found its way on to the list of misogynistic practices featured in the pledging process for joining a Yale University fraternity.
A YouTube video posted on October 13 records members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity marching with their pledges around Yale’s Old Campus—which houses most of Yale’s freshman women—chanting “No means yes, yes means anal”.
They also chanted, “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women, and fill them with my semen.”
The frightening video has spurred responses from the Yale Women’s Center, which has called it “hate speech” and “an active call for sexual violence”.
In an opinion piece for the Yale Daily News, Women’s Center board members wrote that the incident is a “jarring reminder that Yale is not always a safe place for women”.
“For everyone on Yale’s campus, this sets a tone for our community’s sexual culture that is at best irreverent, and at worst, violent,” the board members added.
The student newspaper reported today (October 15) that DKE has apologized to the Women’s Center, and four fraternity members attended a meeting with five Women’s Center board members to discuss the situation.
In an e-mail to the paper, DKE president Jordan Forney stated, “It was a serious lapse in judgement by the fraternity and in very poor taste.”
Forney added that DKE doesn’t condone sexual violence.
Unfortunately, not everyone seems to think that the hateful slogans warrant any kind of severe punishment.
One commenter on the Daily News site said the Women’s Center’s is “overreacting” and called it just one of their “pet issues”. Another commenter deemed the incident just a “tongue in cheek misogynist rant”.
Yale University has not said if any of the men involved will be punished.
Former U.S. president George W. Bush served as president of the Yale chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon when he studied at the Ivy League school.