Sammy Nickalls
August 27, 2015 2:43 pm

Remember earlier this week, when that fraternity hung up some seriously sexist banners on their private off-campus housing? If not, let us give you a refresher: the Sigma Nu fraternity at Virginia’s Old Dominion University (ODU) reminded us that misogyny is still alive and well when they draped signs that said “Rowdy and Fun, Hope Your Baby Girl Is Ready For A Good Time,” “Freshman Daughter Drop Off,” and “Go Ahead And Drop Mom Off Too.” Ugh, ugh, UGH.

The signs — and the students behind them — have been receiving a ton of  backlash. While some are claiming that it’s just a harmless joke, others are pointing out that the signs are making light of sexual assault on campus — a very real and rampant issue for many colleges. The fraternity has since been put on interim suspension. “While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment,” ODU president John Broderick said in a statement, “this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.”

However, proving that not all frats are terrible, in response to the ODU situation—and in support of their female co-eds— other fraternities have been hanging up signs to highlight that demeaning treatment of women will not stand in their chapters. According to the Marlin Chronicle, a student-run newspaper at Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC), the Sigma Nu chapter of the college recently displayed a fab banner of their own. “Rowdy And Fun?” the sign read. “Nah. . . Respect And Fidelity.” YES. Now this is a sign we can get behind.

VWC’s Sigma Nu chapter also posted another sign, “Honor And Equality” and posted pictures of each to their Facebook page. “In response to current events the Iota Beta chapter has made its own signs in defense of the values of our great fraternity,” the fraternity wrote on their Facebook. “Brick and tape. . . when in doubt always use more tape,” they added jokingly.

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On Monday, VWC’s chapter also spoke out against ODU’s signs via a Facebook status on their page. “The Iota Beta Chapter condemns the actions of the Eta Chi brothers involved in the incident at Old Dominion University,” read the status. “The values of Sigma Nu are love, honor and truth. The Iota Beta Chapter lives by those values every day and we are proud of that.”

Sadly, the ODU fraternity’s blatant sexism from earlier this week is certainly not the first, and probably not the last we’ll see from Greek culture. Earlier this month, members of another Sigma Nu chapter at the University of Central Florida were caught on tape shouting “Let’s rape some b*tches,” and on Monday, an off-campus house of senior men at Ohio State hung banners reading “Dads We’ll Take It From Here” and “Daughter Daycare 2.0.”

Not only are such signs demeaning, but they contribute to the normalization of sexual assault on campuses. In light of this, we could not be happier that VWC’s Sigma Nu is taking a stand for such an essential cause in such an inspiring and important way.

(Images via Facebook and Twitter.)

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