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Gender Analysis

  • Submitted by: scsc4791
  • on October 2, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,735 words

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Gender Analysis of the Fraternity Party Scene
It didn’t take me long to decide that I would use my fraternity to analyze and observe gender.   The Sigma Pi Fraternity is my core social group and is a great place to study gender because of all the interactions we have with the opposite gender.   We have several mixers, formals and parties where a majority of these interactions take place.   I decided to use one of our themed parties “Workout Bros, Yoga Hoes” as my event.   For this party, I volunteered to be a sober brother.   This is something we have every party to make sure everything goes smoothly.   I was given permission to “roam” around and observe the party scene from an onlooker’s point of view.   Although it was a very big party, there was still a ton of small-group interactions taking place.   Initially, I was a little upset that I had to stand there and watch my friends’ party on a Saturday night, but I ended up having a lot of fun with this topic.   This was something I had never done, but ultimately found out how gender really is a part of everything we do.   I witnessed some very interesting interactions that directly relate to the course material.   My observations let me come to the conclusion that men really do dominate the Greek life party scene.
The social scene is usually one of the biggest aspects of a Fraternity, and it is no different here.   We pride ourselves on having some of the biggest parties, letting girls know that we’re fun and like to have a good time.   A lot of times we’ll spend up to $1,500 a party just for alcohol.   This supports the idea that fraternities are the most reliable place for underclassmen girls to get alcohol stated in “Fraternities and Rape on Campus” by Martin and Hummer.   For this particular party, we even rented limos to pick girls up at their respective sorority or dorm.   This causes hundreds of girls to come to our house, but it also reinforces some existing systems of privilege and power.   What I saw in almost every...

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