Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[uhifqhlj] Hazing decreasing sexual assault

Hypothesize that members of organizations which haze, sterotypically college fraternities, commit less sexual assault than similar organizations which do not haze.  More specifically, all other things being equal (which is difficult assumption to control for), we hypothesize that hazing decreases membership of people who are more likely to commit sexual assault.  The hypothesized mechanism is that hazing often consists of humiliation, and sexual assault is often retaliation for humiliation.  Hazing often includes sexual humiliation.  Those who survive hazing have proven they can handle humiliation well enough to satisfy the organization, so are therefore less likely to react badly to humiliation in a sexual encounter.

More fundamentally, we hypothesize that hazing selects people with high self-qi, and sexual assault, reacting badly to humiliation, is committed by people with low self-qi.

Several problems with this hypothesis:

Self-qi (stress level) changes rapidly, day by day.  A high self-qi level during the hazing initiation ritual (allowing surviving the hazing) might have very little correlation with levels later.

Hazing requires the members to haze the initiates.  Such behavior requires members to override their instincts for compassion and instincts against cruelty.  People who can easily override those instincts, perhaps because of having had many occasions to do so, seem more likely to commit sexual assault.

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