Do sororities strengthen women or stereotype them?

A video by a former Syracuse University sorority member criticizing the priorities of sororities is striking a nerve nationwide.

I have written about frats/sororities related to binge drinking — Greek members do more of it than other college students — and hazing.

Such columns typically spark two types of responses. The first is a spirited defense of the good deeds Greek organizations do on campuses. The second is an accusation that I hate sororities. I don’t think my college even had sororities, but it never would have crossed my mind to pledge. I hate costume parties, never wanted a little sister and prefer to pick my friends one at a time rather than in a jumbo pack.

Here is the video: Be forewarned, there is some frank talk:

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bu22
bu22

Sororities are the best networking group for college educated females.  Fraternities also do the same for males.  They serve as a "small" group providing a "safe place" in a giant university.  I wasn't a member, wouldn't want to have been, but can definitely see there are benefits for many.

Legong
Legong

Funny, but where's any mention above of the role you played in slandering the Virginia fraternity falsely accused last year in a rape allegation, Maureen?

And how about the exaggeration behind claims women are perpetually the "victims" of predatory college men?

http://tinyurl.com/q58h7pe 


Ralph-43
Ralph-43

I believe there was a time when strangers came to a college with no place to live and with few acquaintances.  Now there are usually dormitories with R.As, cafeterias, and college dances and mixers that facilitate interactions.  Also, in the past college administrators served as 'absent parents' and maintained some order and supervision of all students.  A few decades ago they decided to abandon that responsibility and we have ended up with increasing alcohol and drug use and repeated sexual encounters and rapes. A college education has become more expensive but frequently so tightly focused on a 'major' that the graduate can barely communicate.

Truth05
Truth05

Sororities exist for women to find husbands. 

Starik
Starik

I have mixed feelings. Probably the best solution would be to do away with all the mystic garbage, do away with hazing, pledges and blackballing and frats and sororities as institutions but establish student housing as communities, and allow kids to transfer to another one if they don't fit in.  I made some good and supportive friends it the frat but also wasted a lot of time on foolishness.

Starik
Starik

@Calliope_ It's like the media frenzy over Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin - nothing there, but newspapers and TV both love to lead with the bleed, and throw a little "racism" and "Police brutality" out there to get people reading and watching.