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Greek-Americans and Feminists Have One More Thing In Common: A Repulsion of Douchey Frat Guys

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“Greek life.”  “Going Greek.”  “The Greek community.”  “We Greeks.”

There are roughly three million Americans (link) who are ethnically Greek in the United States.  Names such as Olympia Snowe, the senator who promoted togetherness and a united Congress while trailblazing for women’s rights in a predominantly male arena in Congress.  Or, perhaps, Tina Fey, the “jane”-of-all-trades comedian who has starred on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and won a dozen Emmy’s in the process – not to mention a few Screen Actor’s Guild and Golden Globe Awards.  Did I mention she’s written an autobiography, too?  You should check it out.  That’s not to mention the hundreds of thousands of Greeks who made an honest living opening up restaurants or small businesses.

Maybe you want to go back a few thousand years: “we Greeks” also have Alexander the Great, Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and the list goes on and on… and on (link).

Something tells me that’s not what people mean when they say that.

I think that, above, ^^ is what they mean.

And, it would actually be alright (not really though, as I’ll explain at the end), except that some of the people who participate in Greek-letter organizations are doing antics like this (link).  #WhyWeNeedFrat is a response to the #WhyWeNeedFeminism (link) that has been trending on Twitter and the like, in a.  And, it wouldn’t be malicious per se, just frat boys being their douchey-selves, except they are posting pictures like this:

(from Mashable)

Yes, that is an actual post on totalfratmove’s (link) Instagram page.  In the half-day that has elapsed since it was posted, it has garnered 11,000 likes.  If that does not perpetuate the age-old stereotypes of fraternities, that I am not really sure what will for you.

Leave it to the people in this video and its supporters to to take away from #WhyWeNeedFeminism, a hashtag developed to spread awareness about the plight that plagues not only our society, but those around the world. Now, cue link to insightful article – from a unique perspective – to feminism in regards to the rest of the world (it’s definitely worth a look-see).

But, perhaps Sarah Cornett, a guest columnist for USA Today (link) summed up many people’s reactions best in her article:

“However, one of the strongest groups to vocalize its disappointment were other members involved in Greek life.
Greeks across the nation tweeted messages such as: ‘#WhyWeNeedFrat isn’t funny. It’s disappointing, discouraging and simple-minded. It’s also nothing I believe in as a fraternity man,’ and ‘#WhyWeNeedFrat is the reason that people hate Greek life. It’s not satire, it’s damaging and makes it hard to defend our chapters. Grow up.'”

There are many Greek letter organization chapters across America that are doing good for the colleges and communities in which they are a part of.  People such as the ones on the “totalfratmove” Instagram page are most likely a minority, just an incredibly noisy, obnoxious, disrespectful one that happened to steal the spotlight in our sensational media for a day, maybe two.  But they will not be remembered in a month’s time.

To those supporting #WhyWeNeedFeminism and actively fighting for women’s rights, you are what is right in this world.  To those in Greek letter organizations that better themselves and their communities, you are also what is right in this world.  These two aforementioned groups will undoubtedly have a positive and more far-reaching impact than these spoiled, self-absorbed, attention-whoring frat boys.

To the feminists and exceptional fraternity and sorority members that have been mocked and misrepresented, respectively: stay strong.  These frat boys will have their fun in college, and you can laugh at them one day when you’re their manager.

This all seems to be, ladies and gentleman, a perfect example of…



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However, there’s one matter that must be visited…

Why is it called “Greek life” and why do people in Greek-letter organizations refer to themselves as members of the “Greek community”…


Look for the article soon for all the answers (that I have yet to find*).

“Cuz there Greek letter organizashuns” will not suffice in this case.


The Heritage Foundation Time Machine

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The Heritage Foundation has recently made some bold statements on the topic of Feminism and women in the workplace.  Now, wait, I know what you’re thinking.  Republicans have finally come around and embraced Feminism in its most complete and modern form.  Finally!  It only took three generations or so.

Well, I suppose conservatives have changed their views, but it seems this is just a case of de-evolution.  The Heritage Foundation has recently  found (link)  conservative women to put down the cause of Feminists everywhere, get married, and continue archaic gender roles: during Women’s History month, too.  Just take writer Mona Charen who said that “It doesn’t interest me whether a person who happens to share my chromosomes sits in the Oval Office. It doesn’t interest me how many women members of the Senate there are,” as well as the statement that she doesn’t partake or celebrate Women’s History month.

The Heritage Foundation bashing continued when Karin Agness, founder of the Network on Enlightened Women disputed Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s popular “lean in” mantra (link) which comes from her TED talk (link), which delves into why there are so few women leaders in business and provides strategies and solutions for the future, while pushing for women to be as aggressive, if not more, than their male counterparts.  Agness argued that, “Rather than try to ban words like ‘bossy,'” which Sandberg proposed in her TED talk,  “let’s try to promote real leadership skills, like developing a thick skin.”  Thick skin?  Seems more like a ‘lean back’ attitude to me.

But, if in the microscopic chance that you like what you hear from Karin Agness has to say about women simply “growing a think skin” whenever they are put down for sticking up for themselves and acting in their best interest in a business world dominated by men, then you’ll love her hot-of-the-press novel, “Why Victims of Bullying Should ‘Grow a Pair'”.  Look for it on the New York Times bestseller list.  Of course, I’m talking about the “Books That Would Be Popular If It Was 1914” list.  If you want to read something that’s likely to be on the actual  Twenty-fourteen New York Times bestseller list, then I recommend “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will Lead” (link)by Sheryl Sandberg.  Winner of the Barnes and Noble’s ‘Best Books of 2013’ award, Lean In goes more in depth to the topics covered in Sandberg’s TED talk.  Best Book of 2013?  Karin Agness, where you at?

There Isn’t Even An Option

The Inaugural Women's Ski Jump Event
The Inaugural Women’s Ski Jump Event

We’ve all heard of the breakthrough on the Olympics stage for women, as women’s ski jumping became an event, where women had been barred from the event since the inaugural ski jump of the modern Olympics in the 1920s.  German ski-jumper Carina Vogt became the first gold medalist, in what seemed like a victory for female athletes and women’s rights advocates everywhere.  Well, maybe almost.

While it was true that women were allowed to do the ski jump, men were also allowed to jump from a larger hill, and women are still barred from this particular jump.  A 95 meter hill is the norm for ski jumping, but men are also allowed to jump off a 125 meter hill.  So, we will all remember this as a monumental movement for women’s Olympic events, but as is the usual case, there is much work to be done.  Deedee Corradini, president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA, shared similar sentiments: “Now we have to work on 2018 getting women on the large hill and a team event.”
But, that may prove to be difficult, as IOC sports director Christophe Dubi is using the exact same reason for a lack of equality in events that his IOC used in Vancouver in 2006, when female athletes filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver Organizing Committee for a discrepancy in events for men and women.  There simply was not enough entries to make the competition… well, competitive, apparently.  And, this makes perfect sense, considering that there has never been a women’s ski jumping event, so why would Olympic athletes be trained for an event that never existed?
But Christophe Dubi was rather frustrated with all the questions regarding an inclusion of a higher ski jump for women.  “You remember the debate regarding women’s ski jumping and at the time it was considered that we didn’t have the depth and number of jumpers for Vancouver. We don’t need to go back to these arguments,” he said.  Well, apparently, it does still need to happen, because although the aforementioned lawsuit against the Vancouver Organizing Committee was unsuccessful, women’s ski jump became an event in 2014.  It’s reasonable to think that this lawsuit, successful or not, attracted more attention to the event.
The only other event women can’t participate in is the Nordic Combine, which is a ski jump followed by a 10 kilometer cross-country race.  So, once that becomes a female event, and once women can jump from the same heights, we’re good, right?  Well, these discrepancies are seen across the board, in all actuality.  For example, in biathlon: “The women compete in a 7.5K sprint, a 10K individual pursuit, a 15K individual race, a 12.5K mass start and a 4x6K relay. The men’s distances for the same races are 10K, 12.5K, 20K, 15K and 4×7.5K.” Cross country is no different: “the men’s races are anywhere from 50% to 100% longer than the women’s. The longest women’s race is 30K. The men go 50.”  Finally, in long-track speedskating, “the men’s longest race is 10,000 meters. The women’s is 5,000. In short track, the men skate a 5,000-meter relay; the women go 3,000.”
I am one of the people that thinks we need more positive stories in the news cycle and more news on the campaigns for equal rights from around the country and the globe.  The inclusion of women’s ski jumping is a monumental milestone and is certainly newsworthy, but the media as a whole only goes half the distance.  Or perhaps, 3000 meters as opposed to the full 5000 meters, or a 95 meter jump as opposed to a 125 meter jump.  Either way, the media needs to go the full distance, and our female Olympics athletes need to be allowed to.  Some light should be shed on what lies behind the shroud of equal rights that the media has created, in the Olympics as well as many other facets of society, which is a plethora of short changings for half of our population.