A notion eventually further extended with the middle age guilds, followed by the early modern formation of gentlemen's clubs, freemasons, odd fellows, student fraternities, and fraternal service organizations.Today, connotations of fraternities vary according to context including companionships and brotherhoods dedicated to the religious, intellectual, academic, physical or social pursuits of its members.
A fraternity (from Latin frater: "brother"; "brotherhood"), fraternal order or fraternal organization is an organization, a society or a club of men associated together for various religious or secular aims.
Nothing takes me back to college like the smell of stale piss mingled with pot and PBR.
Many were the nights, heaving, wiping the dripping vomit from my face on my Abercrombie T-shirt, I picked myself up off the cold linoleum, stumbled into walls and down creaky stairs, grasping the rickety handrail in a vain and dangerous attempt at balance, before passing out on the sofa in the living room.
Meanwhile, I picked up a minor in women’s studies, where I lived by the mantra of Audre Lorde: “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” Every time I entered a fraternity party with the sole expectation of scoring with that one bicurious brother, I did so with a fifth of vodka in hand and Lorde’s words in my mind.
I was dismantling this patriarchal house, I’d tell myself, one shot glass at a time. When I came out in my Appalachian high school at 15, my male classmates provided a daily crucible of homophobia.