The Problem with Hazing
In 2007, the National Study of Student Hazing found that 68 percent of women in Greek life experience hazing before joining their sororities. Penn State is not immune from this barbaric behavior. Serious reports of hazing have recently been reported at Penn State Altoona.
ABC News reports that “Joanne” pledged a Penn State Altoona sorority and suffered from severe hazing. Her potential sisters made her clean the kitchen floor with her fingernails. They screamed about her worthlessness, threw her against brick walls, and forced her to drink black, dirty water. When Joanne finally quit, the girls keyed her car and left scathing messages on her Facebook profile.
Along with most colleges, Penn State Altoona strictly prohibits hazing, yet it happens nonetheless. Hazing frequently includes labeling areas of fat on girls’ bodies with marker and “boob ranking,” in which girls are rendered topless and ordered by their breast sizes.
Obviously, this is awful behavior, and the fact that it occurs causes me to question the decency of my fellow college students. Hazing has probably occurred for a long time, but why have young women recently become so violent and hateful? I look to overzealous feminism and the bawdiness of reality TV for answers.
Sororities should bond through unity and accomplishment, not mental trauma. To any hazers out there, remember the moral pillars that support your establishments.
11 Responses to “The Problem with Hazing”
Overzealous feminism? Huh? Care to explain that a little further?
By overzealous feminism, I’m referring to the act of women emulating harmful aspects of the stereotypical male: violence, dominance, and oppression. Of course men and women are equal, but female hazers may be taking this equality to the extreme by seeking to be equally violent, dominant, and oppressive.
meh, get over it.
its human nature that we put ourselves through trials to be accepted by groups. people forget that hazing isnt the only way people prove themselves to be accepted in a sorority – they have to contribute their time and dedication towards learning about the sorority and participating in philanthropy. hazing is a third dimension, yes, and its valuable in its own right. “boob ranking” and fat marking, while seemingly immature, help to promote group unity by recognizing those that “fit” and those that don’t, and those that don’t will have great incentives to work out and improve their physical appearance and well-being which is never a bad thing. the ends are worth the means.
my opinion is anyone who thinks people should be given a free ride into an organization that accomplishes so much like sororities would ruin the atmosphere of hardwork, dedication and appreciation.
While hazing does happen at some chapters, there are more that do not participate in it. I know I wouldn’t have joined a sorority that did anything like that to me. There are sometimes individuals that hear stories on TV or from their parent’s who pledged that want to bring back hazing, but those people do not represent the majority of Greek life. Why would I invite someone to become not just my friend, but my sister, and then treat her like an enemy? Maybe you could write a story that includes the positive new member programs that are offered.
until you have experienced with it you really have no place to judge i promise you. these behaviors are very natural human behaviors and its rather unnatural to keep them locked up in a box of rules and laws
While I see what you are trying to get at here, I completely disagree. I know no true feminists who want to emulate typical male violence. In fact, feminism is more concerned about removing violence from the picture.
maybe idealistically, but do you even know any sorority girls? sorority girls are notoriously brutal not only behind each others backs but they can be very confrontational too. still, much of what they accomplish parallels feminist objectives. i think the writer is correct when he implies sorority girls represent the worst of the feminist movement
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