|You are too fat to be in my sorority|
|Posted March 9, 2007|
When it comes to college life, everyone is worried about fitting in and finding their niche.
Whether it’s an athletic team, a club or a Greek organization, everyone is looking for their place.
Unfortunately, for students today, the thought of not being accepted is a huge threat.
Greek organizations are a huge attraction for students on college campuses – a lifetime sisterhood and brotherhood, who could ask for more?
However, what are these organizations looking for?
We would like to hope that active members are searching for the right men or women to fit in their organization through characteristics such as personality and scholarship.
We would all like to think that it is not primarily based on appearance and social standing. In a perfect world this would be the case, but unfortunately we live in a society that is obsessed with body image and beauty.
According to the March 12 issue of Newsweek Magazine, the DePauw University chapter of Delta Zeta asked 23 of their 35 to leave. Later, six of the remaining 12 members left to oppose the decision and support their sisters who were asked to leave.
According to the article, all of the members were interviewed by officials from national headquarters who wanted to find out which members had a strong commitment to the recruitment of new members.
According to headquarters, 23 of the women didn’t show that commitment.
The women argued that they were kicked out because they weren’t pretty enough. Also, all of the women could be considered overweight and did not make the unofficial size requirement.
This has not only sparked debate on DePauw’s campus, but this has become a nationwide controversy.
The idea that women were kicked out of an organization, which promotes sisterhood, scholarship and acceptance, for reasons of vanity has caused a huge uproar.
On the one hand, with all clubs and organizations, there are many standards that potential members have to meet in order to become active members.
However, the idea that women were kicked out for the sake of physical appearance is crazy.
All organizations including sororities should focus more on the standards of excellence in academics and personality and not dwell on physical appearance.
Who is to judge another person’s image? Since when did being in a sorority become an ongoing beauty pageant?
But it’s important to realize that this type of activity and exclusivity occurs. Rail thin celebrities and models have become the pin up girls for today’s society.
These skinny women are being idolized and admired by little girls and women throughout the country.
The problem starts when people make this look the standard of acceptance.
You may not think that a sorority being accused of kicking women out for being overweight is relevant to your life, but as a society we have to fight this idea of the perfect image.
Before you know it you’ll find your sister, girlfriend or best friend wondering if she looks too fat in her size 0 jeans and worrying about what people will think of her outfit instead of what she has to say.
Body image will always be an important aspect but it shouldn’t be the most important. The most important thing is to respect yourself and your body.
Remember it’s who you are and what your personality brings to the table that should be the most attention-grabbing.
It’s time to worry about being healthy and strong in your personality not about being skinny and pretty. Stop idolizing the perfect image and start embracing the voice that you have.
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