Don't Put Yourself Down Just to be a Part of the Greek Life

by kdust1 on November 4, 2013 - 10:22pm

Don’t Put Yourself Down Just to be a Part of the Greek Life


 Sorority rushing can cause a negative impact on the way one looks at their self-image, creating risks of serious health issues. According to authors Rolnik , Engeln-Maddox, and Miller in their article “Here’s Looking at You: Self-Objectification, Body Image Disturbance, and Soroity Rush,” young women that pledge to a sorority may find themselves faced with self- shame in meeting the stereotypical "skinny attractive girls" known to be in sororities.  The process of rushing may increase risks of depression and eating disorders in hopes of meeting the sorority standards. The study consisted of 127 young women aged 17 to 20 in their first year of college going for their undergraduate degree. They completed surveys over four different periods of time. They were asked questions regarding their body shame, self -objectification, attitudes towards eating disorders, and their attendance in sorority social events. Results showed great levels of eating disturbance meaning serious cases of Bulimia were involved as an attempt to create a perfect body image. A possible solution to this study is to have rushes for sororities be a lengthy process to get to know the rushee’s on a personal basis instead of basing bids on stereotypical attractive looks.


I agree with Rolnik, Engeln-Maddox, and Miller’s article. I believe sororities can affect a young woman’s life negatively both physically and mentally. Today’s society revolves around a perfect image that most females feel they must live up to. Rush week is known to cause social anxiety and often depression if there is a chance of not fulfilling the “social norm” of being skinny and attractive in a sorority. I feel social norms are not always the best to follow up to. Eating disorders such as Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa were related through this study as a way to create the “skinny self- image.” The questions I ask to myself is “Is it really worth being in a sorority where you are going to be judged on looks and not be accepted for who you really are?” Also, “Are the health risks and behaviors worth fitting in with people who generally only care about looks and not feelings?” Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way and girls should be given a fair chance of Greek life by going through non bias interviews or survey processes that may be held anonymously.












APA (American Psychological Assoc.) References

Rolnik, A., Engeln-Maddox, R., & Miller, S. (2010). Here’s Looking at You: Self-Objectification, Body Image Disturbance, and Sorority Rush. Sex Roles, 63(1/2), 6-17. doi:10.1007/s11199-010-9745-y

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