*Warning: this is a warning to all who read. I am not an advocate for sororities or fraternities so I apologize in advance if this offends anyone. That is not my intent. I simply wish to talk about the typical sorority girl mentality and I am not saying that all sorority girls act this way. Thank you for your understanding.*
This week in my college Lit class we discussed A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft. It was radical piece in her time as women were only suppose to be seen, but not heard. Basically she talked about how the emancipation of women depended on the education of women. This fact made me think of how girls act dumb to get a guy (girls don’t deny this, you know it’s true). They think that guys don’t want smart girls, they only want the pretty, popular, and skinny type, or in other words, the typical sorority girl mentality. I’m trying not to rant here, but I’m sick and tired of the Greek system. They get most of the money and recognition from most Universities and their own people. You basically pay for your “sisters” or “brothers” or basically your “friends.” Yes, I realize they sometimes volunteer and raise money for charities and I’m not trying to devalue that, but a lot of other organizations do that as well without being given a single penny for something as useless as a party.
<—- typical sorority girl pose (don’t lie ladies, you know this is true)
The typical sorority girl acts like a child and parties all the time, pretending to be drunk or just plain ignorant, when in most cases that’s not true. Mary Wollstonecraft sates, “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone” (404). She’s saying that men see women as just pretty things to have until they are no longer pretty and they should have no thoughts there of. If men keep telling this to women, a lot of women are desperate enough to give them what they want, a fake and bake tan body, toned abs and a size 2 body, bleached blond hair, eyeliner out the wazoo, make up to hid the insecurities, and a push up bra for added encouragement and self value.
<——seriously, why do girls think this is cute???
See, times have not changed at all. We try so hard for equality, but we can not achieve this by going back two steps to the beginning. Wollstonecraft says, “Many individuals have more sense than their male relatives; and, as nothing preponderates where there is a constant struggle for an equilibrium, without it has naturally more gravity, some women govern their husbands without degrading themselves, because intellect will always govern” (406). She’s right, intellect will always come out on top in the end. We need to stop degrading our sex’s intelligence to boys who don’t deserve it and be something we can be proud of. Your future is not to be perpetually pretty and useless (unless you have just found the fountain of youth and in that case, you could make a lucrative profit), but to do something worth while. “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless” (John Ruskin). Be beautiful on the inside and out and let it sign. Take a lesson from Wollstonecraft on women’s rights, and don’t degrade your intelligence from anyone.