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‘Pig Roast’ Cornell frat forced pledges to participate in fat shaming sex contests

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Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity
Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Image via Facebook.
Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity
Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Image via Facebook.

Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity Pig Roast sex conquest: University culture of demeaning women and treating them as sex objects while fat shaming undesirables. 

Cornell’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter has been placed on probationary recognition after University officials found out that it was having aPig Roast’ competition among new members and pledges.

Notice of the sex contest came following multiple complaints to the ivy league university of the ‘cruel game’.

A report via The Cornell Daily Sun told of participating members competing for points, which they gained by having sex with as many women as possible. 

Yet in an ‘interesting’ kick to the sex contest, at the end of the competition, in the event there was a tie, the winner would be decided by the pledge who had sex with the heaviest woman.

As part of their mantra, pledges were forbidden from telling the women about the contest. 

The Pig Roast sex competition led to the university’s Fraternity and Sorority Review Board sanctioning the fraternity. It concluded that the contest allegedly taking place in 2017, while declining to name which brothers were involved, or for how long the contest ran. The fraternity found out about the allegations in December, before the review board hearing.

As part of the review board’s recommendations, Zeta Beta Tau was put on probationary recognition for two years, during which they’ll have to pass a full chapter brotherhood review by the national Zeta Beta Tau organization, as well as participate in programs like Cornell’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Other censures included the frat house now mandated to have a live-in adviser The Ithaca Voice reported.

The fraternity also pledged that, ‘through this brotherhood review process, if we identify individual brothers we find not committed to [social responsibility and integrity] they will be expelled.’

Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity
Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Cornell Zeta Beta Tau fraternity sex contest: Normalizing the sexual conquest and demeaning of women.

Caught red handed the fraternity released a statement condemning the alleged behavior and expressing ‘mutual disgust along with those who feel hurt or victimized.

The fraternity in its statement claimed the activities described were not sanctioned by the chapter and the brothers were ‘not aware’ they were happening, despite Zeta Beta Tau declining o outright deny said activities.

The fraternity noted it is ‘shocked and appalled’ by the allegations.

Noting, ‘We, too, are in disbelief and even more so that these alleged actions may have been taken by those whom we called brothers’. 

Noted a statement from the Cornell wing of the fraternity chapter, The Kappa Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is horrified at the notion of the degradation and/or objectification of women, and the impact it has had on men and women across the United States, and at Cornell.’ 

The fraternity says it now plans to conduct ‘multiple educational programs on the topics of healthy relationships and a variety of education that will positively impact our entire brotherhood.’

They also plan to offer the programs to the entire Cornell community because they ‘intend to be a convener and leader in this type of education.’

‘The campus community will be watching to see whether the members of ZBT, as individuals and as a group, live up to their public pledge to demonstrate ‘through our actions that this inexcusable behavior will not be tolerated,’ Ryan Lombardi, the Vice President for Student and Campus life, told The Sun.

Yet to be necessarily understood is how the alleged contest came to ever be part of the fraternity’s dossier of activities and to what degree the feats reinforced the notion that women are sexual objects to be conquered, while at the same time demeaning those women as unworthy based on their appearance and weight, aka fat shaming.