This was an interesting NY Times piece in such that it examined one of the possible solutions to answering the larger question of what is to be done about rape culture on college campuses: having parties in sororities rather than just fraternities.
The story is generally balanced and informative and has a very strong closer that ultimately hints at the larger societal narratives.
With that said, the closer left me feeling duplicitous on how this question was asked: On one level, this was a somewhat novel question to be asked and almost a thought experiment to be played out through the form of an article. On another level, I wonder about the responsibilities of defining a narrative as journalists, especially with the closer. While the article primarily asked women of what their thoughts are on this potential solution, which was an important crux considering this is where the story is, it showed very few male voices and ultimately left a male to be the last and most poignant voice through his terseness to the matter. The article was relatively upbeat and informative up until the last quote and ended abruptly at the hand of a male’s opinion, which seems to tie into a larger societal narrative of how most decisions are sadly made.
It was fascinating quote for the ending because of the layers of narratives and societal implications that it can have and, ultimately, the questions it raises. For me, that’s a satisfying feeling as a reader, to be triggered to ask more questions. For larger audiences that consume media with such immediacy and are rash to reach conclusions especially in such a controversial matter, I wonder if further examination of male attitudes could have made this a better article for a public that isn’t as invested in the nuances of the various cases and only skims headlines in the age of social feeds. Then again, can be really define what people don’t want to read?
What were your thoughts on this article and how it was constructed? What were positives? What was lacking? How did you feel after reading this?