[Ed. – (Un)Happy Anti-Valentine’s Day!]
Feminist students at Yale University are hosting an “Anti-Valentine’s” film screening Wednesday to encourage the “deconstruction” of fraternity culture.
Hosted by Engender, a group of students who aim to integrate women into fraternities, “Anti-Valentine’s” will feature a screening of “This World: Frat Boys,” a sociological documentary that exposes the “sinister side” of fraternities, according to The Guardian.
“Are you going out this Wednesday out of respect a tradition rooted in capitalism and heteronormativity? Or have you slipped through the cracks to suffer the awkward, social consequences of aloneness on Valentine’s?” the event asks. “Either way…come celebrate your Wednesday Night at Yale at the Women’s Center, with Engender, for a screening of ‘This World: Frat Boys.’”
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Founded in 2016, Engender aims to make fraternities open to women, but does not have a corresponding push to make sororities co-ed. Engender specifically targets fraternities due to their alleged “control over campus social life,” according to its mission statement.
Inspired by Engender, a high-ranking Yale University official emailed all fraternities two weeks ago to encourage them to let women join. And last week, 10 women and non-binary students requested bids from Sigma Phi Epsilon, reported The Yale Daily News.