Fraternity Banners: Harmless Fun Or Sexual Harassment?

Fraternity Banners: Harmless Fun Or Sexual Harassment?

3:56pm Aug 27, 2015
Banners hanging from an off-campus Old Dominion University fraternity house read "rowdy and fun, hope your baby girl is ready for a good time," "freshman daughter drop off" and "go ahead and drop off mom too." (Facebook)

This week, students arriving at Old Dominion University could see banners hanging from a Sigma Nu fraternity house. “Rowdy and fun, hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” and “freshman daughter drop off.” The signs were criticized for mocking sexual violence against women, and sparked national outrage.

But Scott Jaschik, the co-founder and editor of “Inside Higher Ed” says the problems go well beyond Old Dominion University. He tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that many campuses have long tolerated traditions that many people believe are a form of sexual harassment.

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