Presenter Information

Sean Miller, University of Wyoming

Department

Gender and Women’s Studies Program

First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Logan

Description

When freshmen enter college there is an expectation of how one conforms to the college lifestyle. For some men, that is by joining a collegiate fraternity or a brotherhood of men who have common hobbies and interests. Media, such as Totalfratmove.com, Animal House, and Revenge of the Nerds have contributed to stereotyping of privilege and entitlement among fraternity men. My r esearch will examine how these influences in fraternity culture create and validate the construction and performance of masculinity for "Greek" men. The interviews address three main areas: 1. How being a fraternity man validates their masculinity. 2. The performance of one’s masculinity through the lens of fraternities. 3. How stereotypes and archetypes such as: frat star, frat daddy, and frat boy affects the fraternity man’s relationships with others.

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Oral and Poster Presentation, UW Honors Program

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Boxers and Bowties: How media affects Fraternity men at Omega University

When freshmen enter college there is an expectation of how one conforms to the college lifestyle. For some men, that is by joining a collegiate fraternity or a brotherhood of men who have common hobbies and interests. Media, such as Totalfratmove.com, Animal House, and Revenge of the Nerds have contributed to stereotyping of privilege and entitlement among fraternity men. My r esearch will examine how these influences in fraternity culture create and validate the construction and performance of masculinity for "Greek" men. The interviews address three main areas: 1. How being a fraternity man validates their masculinity. 2. The performance of one’s masculinity through the lens of fraternities. 3. How stereotypes and archetypes such as: frat star, frat daddy, and frat boy affects the fraternity man’s relationships with others.