My sweet sorority sister sent me a link to a new show that has me fuming mad. It is just sick! On several levels. TLC has a new, wretched show called Sorority Girls.
They take several pretty American girls, who were clearly never in any actual American or Canadian sorority (My sorority, AGD, is in both the USA and Canada, as are several others. So it is not just a southern American thing, thankyouverymuch!) and move them over to England. And have them start the "first sorority in England." It is every made-up or outdated horrible, disgusting stereotype you can imagine. Judging outfits and calling girls horrible names and testing girls on secret things and just tons of stuff that would NEVER EVER EVER actually happen in a real sorority.
For anyone who never went through Recruitment (It's not even called Rush anymore, y'all! I mean, you might call it that but I promise, no NPC chapter headquarters supports that term.), no one would ever ask you about your daily beauty routine. I don't think I've ever asked anyone, anywhere, that question. Do you know what my kids ask? They ask about school majors and minors, collegiate sports, where they are from, extra curricular interests, philanthropy/volunteering and that sort of stuff. Real topics to get to know every woman from the inside out. They are not even allowed to discussing Potential New Members with each other after they leave an event so no mocking or gossiping is happening, as is depicted in this wretched TLC show. Real college sororities are about teaching young women to be community volunteers and campus leaders all while excelling in academics and personal interests.
This show just makes me feel physically ill. It is so bloody harmful to women trying to make their campus, community and world better by joining a sorority. All the hours studying to get the highest grades on campus, all the money raised to support community needs, all the efforts to participate on more campus events than any other group...are overshadowed by this stereotype-ridden fake program.
These women do not even vaguely resemble the true Greek system. Shame on you, TLC! You are officially the most ridiculous network on television. And it seemed impossible to surpass Bravo's hot mess of Housewives and E!'s hot mess of Kardashians. But you did it. Gross, gross, gross!
As a long-time volunteer as Chapter Adivsor for my sorority, I take great offense this. You are mucking up efforts that are so pure and genuine by hundreds of thousands of women across North America each year.