Opening Fraternities to Female Students

Is a very stupid idea. Young men really need all-male groups and activities. Look at all the studies on how few men have close male friends in adulthood and how this lack of a male peer group negatively impacts life satisfaction and increases depression.

Women will always easily create all-female communities around themselves. But men aren’t taught how to do it. They need a little assistance. Especially men in college who won’t end up in working class jobs which are more hospitable to the creation of male communities.

It’s ridiculous that one of the few opportunities to advance male bonding will be sacrificed on the altar of unthinking political correctness.

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7 thoughts on “Opening Fraternities to Female Students”

  1. My university had a co-ed fraternity or two. But the key is this was in ADDITION to all the all-male fraternities (and the all-male model dominated, as it should.) It’s fine if people want a mixed sex group to socialize in, but don’t obliterate the all-male groups on your way to doing it, especially when there’s so few left. Gay men are a little luckier in this area, but the gay community is dissolving as people turn to hookup apps for sex (and on the more positive side, go to straight or mixed bars to socialize, because the straight world is more accepting now.)

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  2. I know of a few co-Ed fraternities, but they’re usually associated with a particular academic program or honor’s students. That’s in addition to the regular fraternities and sororities, though.

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  3. Have you seen the news about how Harvard is doing its best to drive single-sex fraternities and sororities off its campus?

    Apparently Harvard considers “single-sex clubs” discriminatory, and students who join them are barred from leading campus groups or becoming captains of sports teams. The school also refuses to endorse the students for prestigious fellowships, including the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships.

    (This comment may post as “Anonymous.” WordPress doesn’t like me any more than I like it, and is screwing around with recognizing me again.)

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  4. When I was in medical school 50 years ago, over 95% of medical students were male Females were discouraged from applying because after taking up a valuable student slot, they supposedly got married shortly after getting their M.D., then got pregnant and dropped out of practice to raise their family. (All applicants over 30 years old were also strongly discouraged) My medical school had two medical fraternities with off-campus houses. I joined one because I needed cheap room and board at the time.

    Now the majority of U.S. medical students are women (about 51%), and about twenty years ago my old “medical fraternity” became a “medical society” and started accepting co-ed membership.

    (Most young veterinarians today are women, too. My 12-year-old cat has never seen a male vet.)

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  5. I have always believed that fraternities and sororities were mostly very negative presences at a university. My undergrad school did not have them, but when I was in grad school it was common knowledge that fraternities maintained databases of term papers for most courses which required them. If a member needed to turn in a paper for a course, he could look through the files, find a paper which looked interesting, check the records to make sure it had never been submitted to the same professor before, retype it, update it cosmetically, and turn it in.

    Academic dishonesty is not the only problem with them. They give wealthy students a place to hang out with their peers and not need to associate with students who actually have to work. Students of lesser means were, and I think still are, systematically excluded from membership via the initiation process..

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