Inside Greek U.
Fraternities, Sororities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power, and Prestige
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
INSIDE GREEK U.
To my brothers
Introduction: Life at Greek University
In Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (1994), Mary Pipher detailed the struggles of America's adolescent girls with depression, eating disorders, self-esteem, suicide, sexuality, and a culture that narrowly defines womanhood. In Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (2000), ...
1. Understanding Gender
It is no exaggeration to say that this book has taken me over two decades to conceptualize. From the first day that I began pledging my fraternity in 1982, I remember being both intrigued by the Greek system's secrecy, friendships, and social life and disturbed by its elitism, sexism, and hazing. My ambivalence, however, ...
2. Studs and Virgins
At the Monday-night Alpha meeting, brothers engage in the old fraternal tradition of "kissing and telling," or more aptly put, "fucking and bragging." Robert, a twenty-year-old accounting major, begins the always-raucous session by narking on his roommate, Matthew. Matthew, I came to find out, "picked up a pig" ...
3. The Tough Guy and His Date (Rape)
At 3:00 A.M., Scott awoke to the sound of frantic pounding on his door. Without waiting for a response, his big brother, Bruce, stormed into the room. "It's going down, now! Get your shit on! Let's go!" Scott, only half conscious, and still drunk from last night's party, immediately knew the meaning of this encrypted ...
4. Her Laxatives, His Steroids
At alarming rates, members of elite sororities at GU have been injuriously starving themselves to get smaller, and members of elite fraternities have been obsessively exercising to get larger. These are the women and men who have defined ideal masculinity and femininity in terms of physical characteristics: the perfect ...
5. Bros before Hos
Michael and Jenny met at an Omega fraternity/Theta sorority Super Bowl party when they were both sophomores. While both had been involved in previous relationships, neither had been in love before. As Jenny recalls, "We weren't looking for it, but, when it happens, you can't do anything about it." ...
6. Soccer Moms and Corporate Dads
The dirty little college secret rarely discussed by professors in mixed company is that women generally outperform men in the classroom. They work harder, think more critically, are less dogmatic, approach school more seriously, score higher on exams, write better, and are more pleasant and collegial in class. ...
7. Cleaning Up after the Party
The brothers and sisters at GU are not radically different from the thousands of other young adults I have come to know over the last twenty-one years as a teacher and an adviser. But this conclusion should come as no surprise to anyone. The young men and women examined in this study were not raised in isolation; ...
First and foremost I am indebted to the hundreds of Greek students who invited me into their lives and shared their stories with me. They trusted me to write a fair and accurate book about their lives that would help move the Greek system toward the idealized goals of its creeds. I hope that I did not disappoint them. ...
Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2007
OCLC Number: 173612007
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