I’ve been torn on whether I should write about the insane email sent by a sorority sister to her chapter. Simply Sorority is about promoting the positive when it comes to sororities. That said, I feel compelled to share my opinions on this crazy email.
The first thing that comes to my mind is: “Why did this email go viral but not the (literally) thousands of encouraging and respectful emails that are sent by sororities sisters each day?” I suppose it’s obvious. We, as a society, feed off drama. It’s sad to admit but something I believe to be true.
Additionally, the email promotes a stereotype of sorority women. Stereotypes are comfortable — they do not challenge us to question our thoughts and opinions on subjects or people. They are familiar and provide comfort in knowing that other people “think” the same way we do. When an action happens to reinforce a stereotype, people jump all over the chance to back-up their opinions. Stereotypes are within our comfort zone and provide constant assurance that we have society figured out.
I’m not pretending that sororities are perfect. And I will not say that the author of the email is just one bad example, and every other sorority member is straight-laced, courteous and respectful. I understand there are issues in the Greek system that must be worked on to achieve a greater sense of community and to be respected as a whole. I get it.
But the email taugt me this: Simply Sorority needs to make a comeback. When the media and society feed off negative stories, I am only more encouraged to promote the good. The philanthropic events, the sisterhood bond, the academic support and commitment to traditions and values.
So there you have it. While I’m not happy that a bizarre and inappropriate email has brought horrible attention to the Greek system, I do appreciate that my desire to “celebrate sisterhood” is back. Join me! Send me your stories and pictures to be featured on Simply Sorority: firstname.lastname@example.org.