Hazing is Never Acceptable

12:00 AM

After reading the article on Cosmo by a woman who claimed hazing is actually okay and was even worth it, I decided I had to say something.  I can't believe I even have to say this... hazing is not okay!  Never.  Under any circumstances.  I would be damned if I let anyone abuse me mentally, emotionally or physically.  Especially just so I can wear some Greek letters on an overpriced t-shirt.  I love my sorority and all it has done for me, but if anyone tried to degrade me in any way I would have them reported faster than you can even imagine.  I don't care if it's tradition.  I don't care if you feel like you have something to prove.  I don't care if you are that desperate for any sort of attention you can find.  This article is shameful and it's one of the many reasons Greeks have such a negative stereotype.  Yes, hazing does happen.  So maybe we should expose that by telling people what happened and then reporting this shit so it doesn't continue to happen.  And not acting like it was the best part of your life, especially the part where you had to get counseling because of it.  And how about making sure people know that not every sorority takes place in these shameful rituals?

At the Epsilon Gamma chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, there is literally no form of hazing.  In fact, they wouldn't even let me put up chairs when we were cleaning the dining room out.  We go out of our way to make sure the new members in our chapter are anything but hazed.  In fact, people were always eager to help me out in some way or bond with me over Starbucks or Qdoba.  Hell, my big (before she was my big) even took me to pick pumpkins.  Does that mean every Kappa chapter is 100% free of hazing?  How the hell should I know?  I do know that we are not nationally allowed to haze.  If that got reported to nationals, we would lose our chapter faster than you can spell Kappa.  Which is a damn good approach to the situation.

I do not tolerate or condone the idea of hazing.  I'm all for exposing it, but this could be done in a way that is actually productive.  Not just to prevent hazing, but also to protect the identity of Greeks across the nation.  I don't want to be judged because I joined a sorority.  I don't want people to think that I'm a slut or an alcoholic, and I sure as hell don't want them thinking that I make our new members' lives a living hell.  I want people to see me as who I am.  Even if they picture me as just another sorority girl, I want them to see that I'm the kind of girl who would do anything to protect one of my sister's.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the article, my comments, or on hazing in general.  I would especially love to hear from women who were in sororities or women who currently are active members of their sorority.



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3 comments

  1. I 100% agree with you! I think it is just terrible what hazing does to people and it just amazes me that someone could even do that to another person!

    Hunter
    www.preponabudget.com

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  2. I can honestly say my sorority never hazed when I was in it and as far as I know, they haven't since then. I started ESA and brought it to KU, but I would have no problem reporting them and getting them kicked off campus if I ever heard any of them hazed. I "heard" about a lot of hazing in 2 sororities when I was in college and that turned me off big time for a couple years. I'm almost positive they've been deactivated a couple times for getting in trouble. I could never fathom treating some one like shit and thinking it's ok.

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  3. Preach it girl! I can't believe that girl thought it was okay!!! Wow! You should never be forced to do anything that you don't want to do!

    xoxo, Lizzy

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