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Fraternity Gang Rape: Sex, Brotherhood, and Privilege on Campus

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
This widely acclaimed and meticulously documented volume illustrates, in painstaking and disturbing detail, the nature of fraternity gang rape. Drawing on interviews with both victims and fraternity members, Peggy Reeves Sanday reconstructs daily life in the fraternity, highlighting the role played by pornography, male bonding, and degrading, often grotesque, initiation an ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by New York University Press (first published 1990)
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Oct 08, 2013 Alexandria rated it it was amazing
SPOILER ALERT: There may be some in here, as I discuss the most enlightening things this book taught me as well as some of the personal theories I developed from Sanday's work and my other reading (most notably: The Macho Paradox by Jackson Katz). However, I do not actually repeat substantial actual stories from the book, and the book itself is absolutely invaluable for it's detailed and often appalling real life examples. I hope my pointing out some of Sanday's main ideas helps readers who are ...more
I'm pretty sure I live very near the U. in this book. Good companion book to Susan Brownmiller's work or to Gail Dines.
Jan 20, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
"Fraternity", as she explains in the introduction, means any kind of all-male group which defines their gender identity as the antithesis of the feminine. Accordingly, the book's conclusions can be applied beyond college campuses.

There are some important points made about society in general. Though few solutions are offered (apart from stricter university rules governing sexual assault on campus), the author articulates some of the problems very well.

Some gems in particular include:

-Society dev
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Apr 12, 2009 Laura Avellaneda-Cruz rated it really liked it
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Prof. Sanday not only offers detailed descriptions of fraternity life and the conditions that contribute to gang rape and other forms of sexual assault, but she also illuminates, from an anthropological perspective, many of the mechanisms by which sexual violence continues to be "normal" in US society.

Her research into a particular incident of gang rape at UPenn and further investigation into fraternity culture around the country reveals many details of fraternity party life. These include prac
Chloe Wells
Feb 18, 2016 Chloe Wells rated it it was amazing
As a young woman going into her freshman year of college, Gang Rape, the disturbing and incredibly graphic documentation really opened up my eyes to the not so glamorous life of being involved in the college greek scene. Although the book leaves you feeling quite uneasy, it’s upsetting truth is truly something to think about. Sanday offers a visual text regarding the sexual assault incidents occurring at the mentioned university linking to the entitled frat pledges. It opened my eyes to the fact ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Namrirru rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of angry reviews on amazon about this book. I read them all. This book hit a lot of nerves with former fraternity members with them saying things like "that wasn't our fraternity," etc etc.

This is definitely one of those books where it is necessary to read the introduction (both), forward, and afterword.

The first part of this book is an anthropological case study of a rape that happened at a certain fraternity house in the 1980's. She examines the fraternity's party culture, th
Megan Lengel
Nov 04, 2014 Megan Lengel rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I am a feminist through-and-through, and reading any study on rape culture or rape itself proves to be simultaneously upsetting and fascinating. I had to read this for my Intro to Cultural and Social Anthropology course, and I found it to be extremely informative, especially as I read this around the time the report from Rolling Stone about UVA's rape epidemic and the disappearance and murder of one of their students. The circumstances around which I read this ...more
Tina Estep
Mar 28, 2013 Tina Estep rated it really liked it
is an analysis of how all-male groups like fraternities create a rape culture. This is very powerful, but chilling book that goes into rape culture and how it is formed, but this book shed light upon how this problem continues today. We have all seen it in the new with university athletic groups gang raping women. As I stated before this is a chilling book and can make/has made some people feel uncomfortable., but it is one of those many truths that exist within our society.
Mar 03, 2010 Helen rated it liked it
An eye opening look at 1) the atrocities that have been committed against women by such groups and 2)the lengths at which colleges and universities have tried far harder to protect their own reputations that their female students. Those that think that the objectification of women in our culture is "pretty harmless" should be made to read this book.
Jan 30, 2012 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peggy Reeves Sanday is an incredible researcher and a compelling author. I read this as research for my thesis in college and was devastated by it. Sanday's insight into the the nature of gender segregation and it's effect on masculine identity is both horrifying and enlightening.
Jun 03, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
I learned from this book but didn't love it. The empirics and descriptive analysis of the dynamics of gang rape were solid (& disturbing). The analysis of motivation & understanding of porn was less convincing.
Margaret Roberts
Well-researched. Writing was mediocre. Logic irrefutable.
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Jul 25, 2015 Cate Linden rated it it was amazing
Cheery read, let me tell you.
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Should be required literature for every college freshman.
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