Hazing 101


Fraternities in a nutshell encompass all that hazing and partying have to offer. It’s the cold hard facts, and the mountains are as blue as they get. There are numerous forms and fashions, with countless different objectives, dilemmas and situations involved. Whether society agrees with it or not, hazing exists, and it’s as relevant as it gets.

To start this off, let’s delve into a textbook definition of the word. Without a doubt everyone reading this already has their visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads regarding the complexities and realities of hazing. Yet, it’s good to know just exactly what we’re talking about:

What Is Hazing?

“Any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.”

Why Haze?

We’ve already written an entire article as to #41 Why We Haze, but we’ll bullet-point the top 10 over-arching reasons once again just in case you’re too lazy to read it over:

1) Tradition

2) Reality Check

3) Personality Transformation

4) Unity

5) Brotherhood Commonality

6) Pointless Laughs

7) Necessity

8) Historical Education

9) Boot Camp

10) Because We Can

The Worst of the Worst

Just like anything in society, there’s two completely different perspectives on the theory. While the Brotherhood supports it in entirety, people like Child-Abuses.com provide more than enough reason to ditch the practice altogether. More than anything, it’s not a surprise that the most read articles on PledgingSucks.com are the following:

#23: Top 10 Worst Hazing Scandals and Stories

#45: 14 Most Brutal Hazing Rituals

Everyone likes a story, and society (in conjunction with the media) get wet with every fraternity horror story. What ever happened to ‘boys will be boys?’ Not that I’m supporting the ridiculous stories seen above, but like anything in life, the highest highs will forever be foreshadowed but he lowest lows. Fraternity hazing is not undertaken with such end-results. There are positive societal benefits to such hazing practices, believe it or not.

Brother Hazing

#26 Brother Hazing can be worse that pledge hazing at times. It’s what keeps the passion going. Believe it or not, there are times when fraternities don’t have pledges to fuck with. At such dire times, brothers keep the dream alive. Yet, hazing isn’t limited to pledges. That’s what proves the point. Hazing is everywhere, so why do fraternities get the worst reputation? Even #6 Tim Tebow Gets Hazed, along with numerous other sports hazing incidents.

The underlying reasons why a brother would haze another brother follow the same reasons why a brother would haze a pledge. If someone disrespects a woman, then punishment is in order. If someone isn’t showing proper respect to elders or hierarchy, then punishment is in order. The list goes on and on. I’m not saying that pledgeship doesn’t involve pointless hazing, but I’m trying to push a point that the lowest lows seen throughout the media always overshadow the common theories of why hazing exists, and why it should continue.

Any thoughts? Talk it out in the comments below. We’re interested to see what our readers have to say about hazing altogether. Whether a bro, #20 GDI or whatever else, we’d like to hear what you have to say.


It’s not hazing. It’s brotherhood.

  1. PledgeMaster says

    Thoughts on hazing?

  2. Christian says

    Pledgemaster, Is there anyway to know about a hazing ritual you will be forgoing without directly asking fraternity members? Reason I ask is because if I were to be taking narcotics and it involved drinking, I wouldn’t want anyone getting in trouble for me passing out after a few drinks.

  3. PledgeMaster says

    Christian: You just need to be smart who you talk to. Find a brother you trust (an older guy), and just explain your situation. While the brotherhood loves hazing, they’re not completely mindless when it comes to hazing. There’s a line, and if they know about your situation ahead of time, they won’t cross it. Or atleast you’ll have the one brother who you talk to in your corner when the time comes. On another note, I wouldn’t worry about them getting in trouble. You need to worry about your own health first and foremost.

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