“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:
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”…
WHEN THEY’RE NOT REALLY GREEK?
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.