So my first thought upon reading that a fraternity pledge ritual involved chanting in a public place “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal” was “Frat boys are still assholes. Nice to see that some things remain constant.” Then I read that this happened at Yale, and my next thought was, “I wonder which of these assholes, when he graduates, will be hired by J.P. Morgan.” (“You’re one of the anal rape guys? Congratulations, you’re hired!”)
Then, upon further reflection (such as it is for the Mad Biologist), I stumbled across the following question:
Why haven’t they been suspended, or, preferably, expelled?
Frankly, anyone who thinks shouting in public–or thinking it privately–that “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal” should have never been accepted to Yale in the first place. Like or it not, by declaration, these budding young
men sociopaths, upon graduating, will be thought of as ‘elite’ (even as the reality is otherwise). They have will access and opportunity that most others will not have. With the authority to confer such prerogative comes the responsibility to bestow it judiciously. These students have not only failed to demonstrate that they have earned this privilege, they have demonstrated that they would misuse it. Because when I was a wee Mad Biologist, it would have never even occurred to me to believe that–and I’m just not that good a person (not being pro-rape just isn’t that hard to do).
At this point, inevitably, there will be a douchebag crying, “Political correctness! AAIIIEEE!!” No. “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal” is not a political ideology or a philosophical perspective, it is a pathology. And, if acted upon, it is, of course, criminal. Yale has the advantage that it is not a public university, so it does not have to worry about First Amendment issues: it can suspend or expel anyone it wants.
If Yale has any sort of ethical standards–and given that our elite educational institutions are essentially finishing and technical schools for the Mandarin class, there is no reason believe that Yale does have such standards–they will come down hard on these ‘men.’
Our elite institutions are failing us, and one reason, among several, is that our elites have never been trained in ethics; in fact, they receive subtle messages that unethical behavior will go unpunished (or even be rewarded).
Big Shitpile and the irresponsible parasitism of Wall Street did not arise in a vacuum.