Martin and Hummer 1989

Martin and Hummer 1989 - FRATERNITIESAND RAPE ON CAMPUS...

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FRATERNITIES AND RAPE ON CAMPUS PATRICIA YANCEY MARTIN ROBERTA. HUMMER Florida State University Despite widespread knowledge that fraternity members are frequently involved in the sexual assaults of women, fraternities are rarely studied as social contexts-groups and organiza- tions-that encourage the sexual coercion of women. An analysis of the norms and dynamics of the social construction of fraternity brotherhood reveals the highly masculinist features of fraternity structure and process, including concern with a narrow, stereotypical conception of masculinity and heterosexuality; a preoccupation with loyalty, protection of the group, and secrecy; the use of alcohol as a weapon against women's sexual reluctance; the pervasiveness of violence and physical force; and an obsession with competition, superiority, and dominance. Interfraternity rivalry and competition-particularly over members, intramural sports, and women -encourage fraternity men's commodification of women. We conclude that fraternities will continue to violate women socially and sexually unless they change in fundamental ways. Rapes are perpetrated on dates, at parties, in chance encounters, and in specially planned circumstances. That group structure and processes, rather than individual values or characteristics, are the impetus for many rape episodes was documented by Blanchard (1959) 30 years ago (also see Geis 1971), yet sociologists have failed to pursue this theme (for an exception, see Chancer 1987). A recent review of research (Muehlenhard and Linton 1987) on sexual violence, or rape, devotes only a few pages to the situational AUTHORS' NOTE: We gratefully thank Meena Harris and Diane Mennella for assisting with data collection. The senior author thanks the graduate students in her fall 1988 graduate research methods seminar for help with developing the initial conceptual framework. Judith Lorber and two anonymous Gender & Society referees made numerous suggestionsfor improving our article and we thank them also. REPRINT REQUESTS: Patricia Yancey Martin, Department of Sociology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2011. GENDER & SOCIETY, Vol. 3 No. 4, December 1989 457-473 ? 1989 Sociologists for Women in Society 457
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458 (ENDER & SOCIETY / December 1989 contexts of rape events, and these are conceptualized as potential risk factors for individuals rather than qualities of rape-prone social contexts. Many rapes, far more than come to the public's attention, occur in fraternity houses on college and university campuses, yet little research has analyzed fraternities at American colleges and universities as rape-prone contexts (cf. Ehrhart and Sandler 1985). Most of the research on fraternities reports on samples of individual fraternity men. One group of studies compares the values, attitudes, perceptions, family socioeconomic status, psychological traits (aggressiveness, dependence), and so on, of fraternity and nonfraterity men (Bohrnstedt 1969; Fox, Hodge, and Ward
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