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What Women Mean When We Call Each Other “Sluts” And “Whores”

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It’s no secret that women use the words “slut” and “whore” to describe other women. Now, a new study of college-aged women sheds more light on just why young women use these slurs. You might be as surprised as I was to find out what’s really at play here: the slur is not meant to directly punish sexuality, but to delineate a broader social standing. And here’s the interesting part: depending on where a young woman landed within the school’s social hierarchy, she used the word “slut” differently to describe her peers.  Keep reading »

Dartmouth Sorority Leaders Boycott Rush Due To Racism, Classism And Queerphobia

Five leaders of the Darthmouth Panhellenic Council are boycotting rush week because they feel recruiting tactics used by sororities unfairly consider race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Those taking the stance the President of the Panhellenic council Eliana Piper, two vice presidents and two programming chairs, sent an email to the entire campus list-serve outlining their grievances that the Greek system is inherently racist, classist queerphobic and that there are high incidences of dangerous binge drinking and sexual assault.

While the women were hoping to completely stop winter rush Panhellenic executives and sorority presidents voted to continue as they usually would. The email is better than anything I can summarize so read it on College Candy…

The Frat Behind A Baruch Freshman’s Hazing Death Has Been Banned

A College Freshman Died This Weekend In An Awful Hazing Ritual And It's Not Okay

After a Baruch College student died in a totally messed up hazing ritual a few weeks ago, the school has taken action by placing a lifetime ban on the frat behind the incident, Pi Delta Psi. Chun “Michael” Deng, a 19-year-old freshman, died on December 8 after participating in an awful, dangerous hazing game at a frat retreat in the Poconos. Baruch College’s president, Mitchel Wallerstein, announced the ban on Wednesday. According to Wallerstein, the school is conducting a review, and some students aren’t too keen on cooperating. The Huffington Post has explored whether Deng’s death could have been prevented, considering the fact that he was surrounded by over 30 frat brothers when he was injured and wasn’t taken to the hospital right away. Their findings are pretty sobering. Check out their video after the jump… [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Opens Elementary School In Haiti

Defending Sororities
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Intern Sarah was in a sorority and she's not a psycho. Read More »
My Sorority Rush
Julie Zeilinger surprises herself by rushing a sorority at Barnard. Read More »
Not Into Sorority Life
Even though Daley is a Tri-Delt double legacy, sororities aren't for her. Read More »
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Who says sororities are all about boozing and boys?

On June 15, Delta Theta Sorority Inc. will open an elementary school, the Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in the remote Haitian village of Chérette. Since Chérette is located about 96 miles from the Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, children there do not have access to a proper education or a reliable source of clean water. To help combat this problem, the sorority teamed up with Water & Education International (WEI), which will will manage and run the school through its WEI School Project, while Delta Theta Sorority will provide funds through its Delta Research & Educational Foundation. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Was In A Sorority & I’m Not A Psycho

Amazing Sorority Letter
Rebecca Martinson wants her sisters to shape up. Read More »
Sorority Email Read Aloud
And it's even more bitchtastically deranged! Read More »
My Sorority Rush
Julie Zeilinger surprises herself by rushing a sorority at Barnard. Read More »
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My phone blips. Another email. Given that I’m stuck at an un-jaywalkable intersection in the East Village, I pause to open it. It’s another reply to my sorority sister’s chain email. The subject line from  35 emails ago simply reads: “Interesting.” I’m immediately engrossed, missing the walking man and chance to cross the street.

Earlier this week, another email sent off to “sisters” surfaced on the internet. It has received hundreds of thousands of reads, an onslaught of comments and at least two well-known dramatic readings. Rebecca Martinson’s virulent, expletive-filled rant confirmed and probably strengthened everybody’s stereotype of Greek life.

Her email evoked many emotions. I was embarrassed for her and disgusted with the email. I was incredulous that she could send something like that to an entire chapter of girls that she pays dues to be a member of. (Also that she used email, when everybody knows can easily be forwarded or published.) I thought of my own past Greek Weeks with amusement. But mostly I recalled the intense and all-consuming nature of the Greek system — the politics, the rankings, the jockeying for connection to a certain fraternity, the endless events, the rivalry of shirts and styles. I remembered what it was like to care so much about the frivolity. Keep reading »

Sorority Girl Rebecca Martinson Shows The True Meaning Of Sisterhood By Calling Her Sisters “Retarded”

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She sounds like a great gal all around! Read More »
Meet Sigma Nu!
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Here's the frat Rebecca Martinson is concerned with impressing! Read More »
Rebecca's Not Alone
Here are 10 other tales from the sorority hall of shame! Read More »

Ladies and gentleman, meet a real life Regina George, all grown up, and the real, actual, insane vitriolic screed this member of the Delta Gamma sorority at the University of Maryland sent to her fellow sorority sisters. It’s not a nice letter, because, as Regina George sees it, the Delta Gamma sisters are so totally fucking it up with their brother frat. The sorority, it turns out, is not about fostering sisterhood amongst its members, but rather, about entertaining the dudes at Sigma Nu.

The sorority’s website (which features the rousing music of Phillip Phillips), notes that its “primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility and develop the finest qualities of character.”

And clearly the best way to do that, according to this lovely lady — since identified as Rebecca Martinson — is to call her sisters “retarded” — as in “are you people fucking retarded?” But also! “I do not give a flying fuck, and Sigma Nu does not give a flying fuck,” she writes in her missive, “about how much you fucking love to talk to your sisters. You have 361 days out of the fucking year to talk to sisters, and this week is NOT, I fucking repeat NOT ONE OF THEM.” Apparently the sisters are not only not entertaining the Sigma Nu bros, but they’re also being weird. And as anyone between the ages of five and 40 can tell you, being called “weird” is a terrifying insult, and it makes you “faggots.” Witness: “I would rather have 40 girls that are fun, talk to boys, and not fucking awkward than 80 that are fucking faggots.”

Well, that settles that. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why I’m Glad I’m Not In a Sorority

My Sorority Rush
Julie Zeilinger surprises herself by rushing a sorority at Barnard. Read More »
Sorority Dress Code
Get a load of the Pi Phi rush dress code beauty rules. Read More »
Frat Boys Explained
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John DeVore explains frat boys. Read More »

During our senior year of high school in Texas, my friends and I often sat around and discussed sororities: which were the more “elite” sororities to join and which geeky Greek group to avoid. I was usually quiet during these discussions of sorority bashing and blasting. A year later, just watching my friends navigate the grueling process of sorority pledging was exhausting. Rush seemed to consume their lives. But even as a Tri-Delt double legacy, I had always known that sorority life wasn’t for me. Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: Advice For Next Year’s College Freshman

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Fear Of Failure
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Why Julie had to get over her fear of messing up. Read More »

There was a moment sometime during the weekend before finals week that I looked up from the copious U.N.-related documents assigned by my Intro to Human Rights professor that I had somehow failed to read during the semester and realized: “Holy shit my first year of college is basically over.”

I thought back to about a year before and tried to remember what I thought finishing my freshman year would feel like. I guess I thought I’d be far more sophisticated, secure and grown up in general. In reality — at least at that moment at time —I just felt a hell of a lot more stressed. But the truth is, I learned a lot over the past year, even if that transformation manifested in a number of small ways rather than one grand overhaul of my childish naivete.

So here are just a few pieces of advice for rising freshmen from somebody who just finished being one. Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: A Feminist Rushes A Sorority

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When I thought about what my college experience would be like as a high schooler, I never for a second even slightly entertained the faintest thought of joining a sorority. As a self-identified feminist, as someone who thought Chapstick was a full face of makeup, and as someone who had about as much interest in enduring mosh pits of grinding frat boys as she did in microbial taxonomy (read: none) I had zero interest in what I, frankly, saw as an antiquated, possibly even anti-feminist and insulting tradition. Which is why when I pressed “send” on my Columbia University sorority recruitment application last December, nobody was more surprised than I was.  Keep reading »

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