The brothers of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Georgia Tech are facing new scrutiny -- and a lot of anger and mockery -- after an email leaked Monday revealing one of their members apparently educating the frat on picking up girls at parties.
The email is profane, filled with exclamation marks and ends by referring to women as "rapebait." (The email is easily available online.)
The email begins, "Some of you could use some help on how to mack and succeed at parties ..." -- before the unnamed fraternity brother details in several paragraphs how to a) approach girls at a party; b) get them drunk; c) get them to dance ("DANCING IS FUN!!!!"); and d) get them into bed.
The email does explicitly advise "NO RAPE," but it's telling that the verb of choice is escalate, as in "try to escalate cause it's awesome."
The email ends with a list of seven steps ("7 E's") to "hooking up," which ends with, "Send them out of your room and on their way out when you are finished."
Fraternity proponents online, notably at the website Total Frat Move, have defended the email as an inter-house message not meant for public eyes. And it's not really all that bad, right?
Worse isn't what the email encourages, but how it encourages it: the girls in the parties imagined here should all be drunk and dancing and with one of the fraternity brothers -- a worldview that stops short of repulsive, but is at least incredibly dumb.
In a statement to the AJC, Georgia Tech said it was "aware of this incident, and its Office of Student Integrity is currently engaged in an investigation to determine the facts. Phi Kappa Tau’s national office, as well as Tech’s student-led Interfraternity Council, are also reviewing the matter to determine whether to take any independent action."
The email's alleged author has reportedly deleted his Facebook page.