Hazing Rituals Growing More Sexualized

October 19, 2006

"When Rites Go Wrong," in the November issue of University Affairs, argues that athletic hazing rituals have grown increasingly degrading and homoerotic in recent years, citing recent examples at McGill and Simon Fraser. Digicams and the internet mean that formerly secret rituals can readily become front-page news. A recent US study found that 50% of hazings involve alcohol, 66% involve humiliation, and 20% involve illegal activities. A researcher explains that originally "the rituals were designed to have people humble themselves... to have more trust in the organization they were joining." That intent has been forgotten by most coaches, athletes and athletic directors. Even alumni sometimes pressure teams to keep old traditions alive. University Affairs