The fraternity even has a pet dog, which seems to roam freely through the rooms and, in one awful image, is held by one drunken guy while being punched by another. Disturbingly, the code of loyalty to the brotherhood endures even after the other principles of fraternity life have long since fallen away. L ast year in the US, four freshm an students died as a direct result of hazing rituals during college fraternity initiation ceremonies. I was there because I wanted reassurance on a certain score: that I could be a certain thing, be a certain way. Elsewhere, obviously distressed and inebriated young men are cajoled to drink more by older students with predictable results — retching, puking and unconsciousness.
Paula. Age: 20.
It could be an aftermath photograph, or a warning of what might yet occur.
Amara. Age: 30.
Humiliation, homoeroticism and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse
A sheltered southern girl eager to bust out, I was a frat-house regular by the end of my first semester. I was there because I wanted reassurance on a certain score: that I could be a certain thing, be a certain way. A world in which homosexuality is taboo but cross-dressing and semi-naked wrestling are acceptable and parading your penis and testicles is almost de rigueur.