After reading the blog post and watching the Youtube video of Take Back the Night I began thinking of what it would be like if I were able to walk home alone at night without constantly having too be aware of my surroundings. I thought that maybe times were changing and that college campuses could be considered a “safe place,” that was until I saw this clip on CNN:
Yale University’s Delta Kappa Epsilon, more commonly known as DKE, or “deke” was recorded yelling the chant “no means yes, yes means anal.” They also chanted. ““My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women, and fill them with my semen.”
At first I was in shock of what I was hearing and thought male students attending such a prestigious university would have the common sense to not promote rape, but I was sadly mistaken.
Rape is not something to joke about and especially not rant about doing—who is honestly supporting this? Do they think it is funny to yell that “no means yes?” I think that when a woman (or a man) says no, they actually mean no and that there is no underlying meaning of yes hidden somewhere.
How am I, or any other woman for that matter, supposed to feel comfortable walking alone when men are shouting these chants? The DKE president at Yale stated that the chant was done in poor judgment and poor taste and that the fraternity does not condone sexual violence (Huffington Post). Well please tell me what made them come up with the idea in the first place then?