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34 Wis. J. L. Gender, & Soc'y 1 (2019)
White Boy Wasted: Race, Sex, and Alcohol Use in Fraternity Hazing

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                            ARTICLES



                    WHITE BOY WASTED:



RACE, SEX, AND ALCOHOL USE IN FRATERNITY
                              HAZING



                  Gregory S. Parks * and Sabrina Parisi**

                                  Abstract

     In the past few years, alcohol-related hazing deaths within white fraternities
have received considerable attention. These deaths beg the question: what would
it take to curtail such behavior and the harm that flows from it? A reasonable
answer might be  to impose stricter laws. However, if the goal of law is to
regulate behavior by threatening unpleasant consequences should an individual
commit a harmful act, then it is crucial that we understand what factors motivate
such behavior.3 In this article, the authors highlight some of the major alcohol-
related, white fraternity hazing incidents over the past several decades. They
investigate the extent to which anxieties about race and masculinity influence
hypermasculinity amongst  young  white men.  They  go  on to connect  the
hypermasculinity to high rates of alcohol use. Given  the findings at the
intersection of race, sex, and alcohol use, the authors explore their collective role
in hazing within white fraternity culture.









* Associate Dean of Research, Public Engagement, & Faculty Development and Professor of
Law at Wake Forest University School of Law
** 2018 B.S. graduate, Wake Forest University.
     3. See John Hechinger, Get the Keg out of the Frat House, N.Y. Tn ES (Sept. 26, 2017),
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/opinion/frats-college-partying-pledging.html
[https://perma.cc/TU4B-ECXE].


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