This article explores the correlation between membership in a fraternal organization and masculinity identity development. Masculinity is embedded into the very foundation of the American fraternity culture. Fraternal organizations have served as a haven for young men that support the development of hegemonic masculinity and hypermasculinity, while preventing those same students from being exposed to opposing personality traits and challenges to their own idea of masculinity. In this paper, we present literature on hypermasulinity, fraternities, and a synthesis of the two. Based on the information presented, we make a call to action to educators and university administrators to help young men form a healthy understanding of masculinity and themselves and to start exploring ways (through research and best practices) to break down these systems and better support students.
Zernechel, Alex and Perry, April L.
"The Final Battle: Constructs of Hegemonic Masculinity and Hypermasculinity in Fraternity Membership,"
College Student Affairs Leadership: Vol. 4
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/csal/vol4/iss1/6