Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Remember the Yale Fraternity Case?

I have an older post to remind you.

Now Yale University has acted:
A prestigious Yale fraternity that counts both Bush presidents among its alumni is being banned from recruiting and activities on campus for five years after pledges were ordered to chant obscenities against women.
Yale says it has also disciplined several Delta Kappa Epsilon members and asked the fraternity's national office to suspend the chapter for five years.
"Obscenities" is such a fuzzy word, compared to "No Means Yes. Yes Means Anal." That's what the pledges chanted.

If you read the whole piece you get a slightly bowdlerized version of the chant. Still, I think the term "obscenities" is not the correct one to use in this context. It lacks the threat aspect of the actual chant and suggests that all this is just a lot of fuss about some harmless college capers.