Georgia Tech Fraternity E-mail Controversy

Georgia Tech Fraternity E-mail Controversy

Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 08:42PM EDT by Brad.

Added Oct 08, 2013 at 04:07PM EDT by Don.

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Overview

Georgia Tech Fraternity E-mail Controversy refers to a leaked e-mail instruction allegedly written by Georgia Phi Kapp Tau social chair Matthew Peterson to his fraternity pledges, which provides details on how to make sexual advances at parties. Following the leak in early October 2013, the fraternity drew much criticism and condemnation for promoting rape culture.

Background

On September 24th, YouTuber Uyen Le uploaded a college news report about an email sent to pledges in the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which reportedly contains detailed instructions on how to get laid at parties.



The letter offers a step-by-step instruction on how to effectively seduce women, dubbed the “7 E’s of Hooking Up,” and ends with the signoff “In luring rapebait.”

Alright chods, some of you could use some help on how to mack and succeed at parties. Mostly pledges do, but some bros could use a review. For anytime throughout the party… If you are standing by yourself at any point, YOU ARE OUTTA HERE!!! If you are talking to a brother of your pledge brothers when there are girls just standing around, YOU ARE OUTTA HERE!!!


Ok, if it is before midnight… A group of girls is standing around, grab a bro or pledge bro and go talk to them. First, introduce yourself and get their name, ask if they are having a good time, and then ask if they want anything to drink. If they say yes, walk them to the bar and tell them what we have to drink. If they say no and they look like they are in a sorority, ask them if they are in a sorority (DUH). If not, choose one of the following: where are you living, where are you from, have you been here before, how are classes going, or where all have you been tonight. Then proceed to have a conversation. IF THEY ARE HAMMERED AT ANY POINT BEFORE MIDNIGHT, JUST SKIP THE CHIT CHAT AND GO DANCE.

Midnight or after, if you have been talking for awhile and they’ve had a couple drinks, ask if they want to dance. If you see an untalked to group or a solo girl, go up to her and ask if she wants anything to drink. If she says yes, get her a drink and then ask if she wants to dance. If she says no, ask her to dance. DANCING IS FUN!!!!! Always try to dance. If she does not want to dance and is with friends, say “aw thats no fun” (or something like that) and then ask one of her friends.

Here is how to dance: Grab them on the hips with your 2 hands and then let them grind against your dick. After that slowly alternate between just putting your hand across their stomach, but make sure don’t to go to high (keep it under the boob) or too low(dont try to finger her… yet). After a song, start putting your cheek on the side of her cheek. ALWAYS USE YOUR HANDS OR ARMS TO GUIDE THEIR DANCING in order to maximize your pleasure. If she starts putting her hair over her ear, THAT MEANS SHE WANTS A KISS. Therefore, try to give her a kiss on the cheek. They usually like that and nothing really should ebcome of it. In the case, go for the neck kiss. If for some reason they aren’t down for a cheek kiss, just dance through it or say you are going to get another drink and see if they want one. And then repeat from the beginning.

If the party is going good (a.k.a. there are a lot of open girls) try to escalate cause it’s awesome. Here is how to escalate: Try to twist her hips around to face you and dance front to front. FROM THERE THE OPTIONS ARE UNLIMITED! You can make-out with her (tongue on tongue), you can stick your hand up her shirt (not right away though), you can go for a butt grab (outside or inside the shirts), or use your imagination. ALWAYS START WITH THE MAKING OUT!!!! NO RAPING.

A short guide consist of the 7 E’s of HOOKING UP! 1. Encounter (spot a girl or group of girls) 2. Engage (go up and talk to them) 3. Escalate (ask them to dance, or ask them to go up to your room or find a couch, depending on what kind of party) 4. Erection (GET HARD) 5. Excavate (should be self-explanatory) 6. Ejaculate (should also be self explanatory) 7. Expunge (send them out of your room and on their way out when you are finished. IF ANYTHING EVER FAILS, GO GET MORE ALCOHOL. I want to see everyone succeed at the next couple parties.

In luring rapebait,
[name redacted].


Notable Developments

The story remained relatively unknown until October 7th, 2013, when the college news blog Total Frat Move[1] published an article about the controversial email. The same day, the women’s interest blog Jezebel[2] and Gawker[3] reported on the incident.

On October 8th, Redditor laymedown submitted a post titled “Frat email calls women ‘rape bait’” to the /r/TwoXChromosomes subreddit,[4] garnering more than 230 up votes and 60 comments in the first eight hours. On the same day, a link to the Gawker article was posted on the news site Fark,[8] to which user basemetal compared the incident to the University of Maryland sorority email rant from April of 2013. Also on October 8th, several other news sites posted articles about the controversial e-mail, including The Daily Dot,[5] The Huffington Post[6] and CBS News.[7]

Suspension

That same day, shortly after the e-mail’s viral takeoff, a spokesman for Georgia Tech issued a statement revealing that the subject has been under investigation by the university since receiving a copy on September 18th. The Phi Kappa Tau national office also issued a press release[9] announcing that the fraternity has placed itself on probation and suspended the member who wrote the e-mail.



Public Apology

On October 10th, the Georgia Tech student accused of writing the e-mail issued a public apology in a letter published via Atlantic Journal Constitution[10] and the university’s newspaper:

I am writing in reference to a recent email that I sent to members of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity that has recently received extensive media attention. The content of this email was offensive and it should never have been written.

I am deeply sorry for the pain and embarrassment my actions and lack of judgment have caused the students at Georgia Tech and my Phi Kappa Tau brotherhood as well as those who otherwise came into contact with the email. As hard as it may be to believe, it was written as a joke for a small audience that understood the context and that it is neither my nor my fraternity’s actual beliefs on the subject. I have now come to realize this is a very serious topic that should not be taken lightly.

Misogynistic behavior is everywhere online and unfortunately, my attempt to ridicule it in an immature and outrageous satire backfired terribly and in a manner I mistakenly underestimated. In fact the “locker room” banter that characterizes this email was wrong in and of itself whether or not contained in a written communication. I am both embarrassed and ashamed at this dialogue and realize now that any sexual statement that is demeaning to women is never a joke.

One particular term originated from the nickname I received as a pledge, which was “4th Grade Rape Bait” due to my youthful looks and the connotation of what may happen to someone like me in prison. This became an internal fraternity joke and the term found its way into several communications, inappropriately and even nonchalantly. In retrospect, it was a nickname I should not have embraced but continuing to use the term was my fault. As a leader I should have put a stop to it in any reference.
I understand the magnitude and seriousness of this issue and the pain I have caused this community. I certainly have been forever changed by this incident. I have resigned as my fraternity’s social chairman and have proactively identified and implemented actions in consultation with the Office of Student Integrity.

I know I cannot fix all the damage I have done, but I will strive to become a better man as I work through this episode in my life. I am a devout Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket and regret the dark shadow that I have cast on this fine school. I will conduct myself to more honorably reflect the ideals of Georgia Tech in the future.

Sincerely, Matthew

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