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Response # 1 Week # 2 Fraternity Gang Rape, by Peggy Sanday (2007 2 nd Ed.), is an intimate look into American campus sexual culture of the 1980’s to today. Inspired to conduct this research after the case of a gang rape at the University of Pennsylvania, this work focuses on the culture created by fraternal organizations that could potentially lead to rape. She calls it a “rape-prone society.” She collected most of her information by interview, both of male fraternity brothers and the women affiliated with them. One of the main questions treated is male social dominance and how males can attain it through a brotherhood. Individually they are week but as a group of white heterosexual males they dominate and gain a privileged status. By functioning for the group’s well-being, they increase their social strength. Thus, any outsider is seen either with apathy or distrust. Linguistically they divide themselves from outsiders by constantly “joking” about females and homosexual males. Behaviorally they are divided from outsiders as
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