When photographer Andrew Moisey’s younger brother decided to join a fraternity, Andrew advised against it. “Your life is going to be driven by your testosterone,” he warned him. But Andrew became intrigued by fraternity life, using his camera to explore how this “cult of masculinity” forms a basis for the “structures of patriarchy” that underpin American society, and that are part of his studies as a graduate student in rhetoric at UC Berkeley.

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Getting ready for the annual Awards banquet
There are parallels between awards night at the fraternity house and Oscar night in Hollywood. Each fraternity brother dresses up or down for the event according to his imagination.

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Pledge ceremony
The rituals of fraternity life seem silly to some, objectionable to others, but they are the traditions that define a house. Their faces hidden by pillowcases, new pledges make their entrance — their identity is revealed, and cheered, by their “big brothers” during the ceremony.

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A rough night
Moisey says fraternity members as a group don’t encourage a brother’s decision to test his endurance for partying. “The individual shoulders this burden entirely for his own satisfaction,” he says.

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Having fun with the dog
This dog is the fraternity house mascot, an animal who is everyone’s and no one’s responsibility to train.

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The only thing in the refrigerator at midnight
The photographer’s little brother, James, has possessed great skill in the kitchen ever since he was a child. Hard to tell from his selection of late-night snacks at the fraternity house, but James recently finished up a cooking school course in Cambridge, Mass.

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Pearls
The stereotype of fraternity members as womanizers persists. More often than not, however, says the photographer, “a brother will learn how to develop long-term relationships during the course of his life in the house.”