Man did this article speak to me in more ways than one. First, lets start of by applying my “nugget” to the post. “Hazing same-age peers demanding that the respondent consume alcohol, disgusting foods (e.g. raw eggs), or an inappropriate food item (e.g. shaving cream).. This was the excerpt that stood out most to me because I have had to do this and it makes me appalled to even look at toothpaste or eggs anymore. When I was a freshman in high school I made the varsity baseball team. By the time I got to be a freshman the whole beat up the freshman way of inducting you into the baseball family had gone out the window because of some upset parents. Instead they went deeper and messed with your psyche. They made us do things such as call girls from our classes and tell them things that they probably didn’t want to hear and probably wish they hadn’t heard. However, one of my most fondest memories of being “hazed” was the toothpaste and raw egg challenge. For about the first week of practice whatever the older guys deemed as a “rookie move”, we had to consume a travel size bottle of toothpaste or sometimes eat raw eggs from the Food Barn convenient store up the road. It seemed that every time you got out of practice there was some kind of delicious snack waiting for you. To this day I only eat eggs on occasion and can never brush my teeth with Colgate White Enhancing toothpaste.
When I look back though all I can do is laugh because it is a lot better than some of things that are done in the hazing that takes place in college frats today. I wouldn’t trade those days for a second but I know exactly what this article was stating and what those people who took the surveys were feeling when it came to talking about their forced consumption.