By: Matt Leibowitz
Party with Consent has done great work to bring a culture of consent to college parties. It empowers students to promote consent through fun, social events that are a large part of the college experience. We would like to show that not only is it fun to party with consent, but to support consent is the frat thing to do.
Consent is So Frat encourages fraternity brothers to talk about consent with their chapters, and to promote it on their campuses. Fraternities are great at a lot of things – partying, philanthropy, rush and pledge – why not be great allies for stopping sexual assault as well? Consent is So Frat is an awareness campaign that seeks to promote a culture of consent within fraternities and the Greek system. We’ve been working to spread the message of consent through our Consent is So Frat Photo campaign and giving out tanks and t-shirts. We are also proud to announce the launch of our Campus Representative program that gives individual fraternity brothers the opportunity to promote Consent is So Frat at their school.
A fraternity, as a community of brothers, is held together by a set of values (more than just the words we memorize during our pledge period). We become better men, through brotherhood, respect, honor and trust, making into better brothers and better people. The action of consent, asking and giving it, embodies the values we stand for. This is epitomized in Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s creed of The True Gentleman:
The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies… who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.
– John Walter Wayland, quoted from Sigma Alpha Epsilon Official Website
The values included in the creed of one of the largest fraternities in the country empower their brothers to promote consent, thinking of the rights and feelings of others, and holding honor sacred. Each fraternity may have its own specific values, but all are compatible with promoting consent.
As Consent is So Frat expands, we look for the opportunity to bring our message to you through workshops and fraternity consent curriculum. We believe in talking about these issues in a way that relates to our experiences as fraternity brothers, to encourage brothers to recognize how consent is a part of their experience as an active brother.
To get involved with Consent is So Frat through one of our programs or to learn more about promoting consent in fraternities, check us out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fratconsent), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fratconsent) and on our website (www.fratconsent.org).