Another day, another controversy at my dear old alma mater, Duke. I'm not going to editorialize too much on this one because, truth be told, some of the language that got the frat Bros in trouble this time around you can probably find around these parts, too.
But the gist of the story is that individual fraternity members sent out mass emails to girls and Bros around campus inviting them to their Halloween parties. Unfortunately, the Sigma Nu guy wrote things like, "Hey Ladies, [w]hether your [sic] dressing up as a sl*tty nurse, a sl*tty doctor, a sl*tty schoolgirl, or just a total sl*t, we invite you to find shelter in the confines of Partners D.” And "If the evening's festivities haven't had you shaking in your boots, our level of intoxication will sufficiently frighten you." The Alpha Delta Phi email, meanwhile, said: "Fear is riding the C1 [bus] with Helen Keller at the helm (not because shes [sic] deaf and blind, but because she is a woman)."
Needless to say, some girls who received these emails printed them out, wrote "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention" and "Is this why you came to Duke?" in Sharpie on them, made hundreds of copies, and posted them around campus. The frats — well, Sigma Nu at least — have since apologized.
The second flyer, and a few thoughts on both of them, are after the jump.
Look, the bottom line is this. We might all think that the emails were simply meant to be funny and that these girls are crazy feminists who have nothing better to do than get overly-offended over what are "harmless" emails. But in this day and age, you can't think that you're going to get away with emails like this and not get you and your frat in trouble. You at least need to be more creative and smarter (and O.K., a little less offensive) than calling the girls you're inviting to your party sl*ts, telling them they should be afraid of how drunk you're going to get, and making Helen Keller jokes. I bet if the Sigma Nu email said "sexy" instead of "sl*tty" and the ADPhi one nixed the really lame Helen Keller bit, none of this controversy would have happened. (Around here, we'll think about how we're using the words "sl*ts" and "sl*tty," too.)
End of the day, just saying that all you Classic Frat Bros out there should just be aware that this is the type of stuff that will get you into hot water these days. And besides, if you can't get hot girls to your party without insulting the hell out of them, you're probably doing something wrong in the first place.