Forbes has cut off an online contributor after he penned a column fretting that drunk women are going to ruin fraternities for everyone.
Bill Frezza published his piece, titled “Drunk Female Guests Are The Gravest Threat To Fraternities,” on Tuesday afternoon and it was taken down almost instantly, according to Jezebel.
In the column, MIT graduate Frezza argues that women aren’t blamed enough for problems with safety and drinking at fraternities, according to a cached version of his piece.
“As recriminations against fraternities mount and panicked college administrators search for an easy out, one factor doesn’t seem to be getting sufficient analysis: drunk female guests,” he wrote.
“Before feminist web vigilantes call for my defenestration, I single out female guests for one simple reason. Fraternity alumni boards, working with chapter officers, employ a variety of policies designed to guide and police member behavior,” he continued. “But we have very little control over women who walk in the door carrying enough pre-gaming booze in their bellies to render them unconscious before the night is through.”
Frezza is quite concerned that the fight for equality has given women a pass.
“In our age of sexual equality, why drunk female students are almost never characterized as irresponsible jerks is a question I leave to the feminists,” he wrote.
The column also included a stock photo choice many found offensive (below):
Forbes told the New York Daily News on Wednesday that Frezza will no longer be writing for the site. At Forbes, each contributor is responsible for content and paid accordingly.
“Mr. Frezza’s post was removed from Forbes.com almost immediately after he published it,” Forbes spokesperson Mia Carbonell said. “Mr. Frezza is no longer a contributor to Forbes.com.”
In an email to the Daily News, Frezza said Forbes was right to pull the piece. He said the column wasn’t right for the politics section and the photo “was in poor taste.”
But he defended his ideas.
“That being said I stand by every word I wrote,” he said. “Unless and until we begin holding individuals accountable for their own behavior, and not institutions, my headline says it all.”
Frezza also thinks that blaming fraternities’ problems on women drinking “kicked off a national conversation on the subject.”