Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

by Alexandra Robbins
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LaurenD More than 1 year ago
she is so full of it. i wanted to join a sorority before i started reading this book, and at the end i was disgusted and didnt want to join anymore. i got to near the end before i was so turned off that i finished the book. she made me not want to join a sorority. but then, in my sophmore year of college, i actually did join a sorority. and its NOTHIGN like what she said. and i go to a big school! using alchohol in the pancake batter? that would NEVER happen. first, any panhellenic event must by dry (no alcohol) and each sorority has strict rules against drinking at a social-- let alone a philanthropy. even outside of events, drinking isnt allowed in the house!! so that never happened. i could go on and on but whats the point? the women who are in sororities know the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by stating that, yes, I am a member of a sorority. I heard about 'Pledged' through a sister and decided that I would give it a chance. I assumed that the writer would be giving readers an unbiased view of the Greek system, but quite frankly, after having been both independent and Greek, I found this book to be very disappointing. The author picked four 'non typical' sorority girls, perhaps, but didn't bother to look at more than two sororities closely. I found the material in the book to be shocking and found myself saying, time and again, 'I've never heard of these things happening!' I found it to be very disrespectful that the author exposed secrets of Greek organizations. Many of these secrets are truly considered sacred to their Greek organizations. They are part of what makes the organization unique and by exposing the secrets, the author takes that individuality away. The author states that she is trying to look at the sororities with an unbiased eye, but I disagree completely. Throughout the book are implications that all sororities are full of alcoholics and drug users that sororities are loose and full of casual sex and that all of the sisters are constantly at each other's throats. None of those things are exclusive to sororities, and in fact, many Greek organizations have stringent rules against such things. Overall I was very disappointed in the book and would not recommend it to anyone who is looking for a look on the inside of Greek organizations. Honestly, in order for one to get a look inside, it is best for one to join. Greek life isn't something that someone should want to watch from the outside. Don't drag down the image of sororities, because many have been trying to move away from the stereotype! If you want to watch drama and catty fights, drug users and alcoholics, turn on the television.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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prettylittleliartobe More than 1 year ago
I had heard about this book before I joined a sorority, but didnt read it until after i was initiated. I liked the thought of this book because i thought it would show that sorority girls arent all rich and snobby and blond and slutty, because i am certainly not any of those things. this book did not do that. it took a look at the lives of girls who dont fit into their sorority. she should have also portrayed girls who enjoy taking part in their sororities. i understand that hazing still happens...although i can honestly say i was not hazed and neither were any of my sisters...pledged went into more detail about the drama that the girls she followed had...but what you have to understand is that anytime you get that many girls together there is going to be drama...and even from reading this book or trying to research greek life, you can;t understand what it is all about unless you are a part of it. i also think that it is incredibly disrespectful to share a sororities rituals with people. i understand people may be interested in what happens, i cannot believe that someone could expose a sacred event in a secret society. And you would think robbins would have done her research a little more accuratly: on page 281 she states that in 1870 kappa alpha theta became the first sorority ever...im a little confudsed because the chapter before that she talks about alpha delta pi, which was founded in 1851. if you do the math properly i think adpi is the first sorority ever. if it wasnt i dont think they would be saying first finest forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found her book to to focus on the negative sides of the greek system and took extremely negative examples. On my campus some of these issues do occur within the greek system but not to the extent in which she is implying bc if it were the case in all cases the greek system would be outlawed. Also most of the negative topics go on outside of the greek system just as often or more often than within. Why else would of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 be headed by Greeks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a current member of a Greek Organization and I think it is completely disrespectful to print the secrets of the sororities. As someone who has a had a positive experience with a sorority, I am utterly disgusted.
HLesmeister More than 1 year ago
This was a very easy read but in my opinion for the most part this book talked a lot about the negatives of sororities and not the positives. It talked about the psychological abuse, racism, stereotypes, and the typical drinking and partying all the time. I was surprised about the abuse some girls put themselves through, getting into drugs, and becoming anorexic or bulemic just so that they looked good enough or acted as expected. The book had a lot to do with stereotypes and was very typical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As expected and witnessed. Why do girls need sororities to feel good about themselves?
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
If you've never been in a sorority, this book's information will be intriguing, even shocking. If you HAVE been in a sorority, you will either be nodding your head in agreement, or angered that the bright happy outside face of Greek Life is being sullied. Here's some of what I learned from this book: 1) Sororities have much higher incidences of binge drinkers, habitual drinkers, and drug users than the general college population. Drinking especially is encouraged and at some times even required. 2) Many sororities are so invested in presenting a certain image that they only recruit girls who look similar (even down to hair color), and they are against diversity to the extent that it becomes racism. 3) Weight and looks are extremely important, with public weigh ins and being forced to strip and to have sisters (and in some cases even fraternity brothers) circle areas of fat with black magic marker. 4) Date rape is not uncommon between fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, and pressure is applied to sisters to not report it, because it would damage the Greek image. 5) Sorority meetings are requirements, to the extent that students miss important family events and even class/labs/tests—yet most of the meetings are pointless rituals or busy work or social functions/parties. 6) Girls have been seriously injured and even died in Rush hazing activities. And yet... 1) Sorority members are more likely to graduate from college than the general college population. 2) Sorority members on average have a higher GPA. 3) In some parts of the country a sorority membership is still considered one of the most important “life defining tags” a girl can have. It can open up opportunities and provide connections. 4) Girls can have a feeling of belonging that helps them throughout college. 5) Lifelong friends can be made. 6) Some report that their sorority membership was not only the most important part of college, but the most important connection of their lives. I found parts of this book to be terrifying. Some of the rituals that they put new pledges through are horrifying. The power that sororities exercise over their members is unreal. And yet parts of it sounded really fun, really appealing. It seems like something that could be changed—keep the good and get rid of the bad. Regardless it was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not associated with the greek lifestyle but have friends who are. Everyone says how disrespectful it is but I found the book to be a good representation of how sorority girls behave and act as a whole. I know that they dont all behave in this way but the ones I know, do. This is a good read, although alarming, shocking and infuriating that this kind of behavior is tolerated by "sisters."
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