Hazing, Rituals, & Traditions

Rush process- 

*During rush, a time only known to the rushes, Rolnik interviewed an anonymous sorority rush participant in which she says, “It is the worst week many freshman girls experience…It was awkward, ego-crushing, and brought us to the depths of shallowness…The two minute conversations are just a chance for as many girls as possible to judge how pretty you are; that’s the only thing they could determine in such a short amount of time,”(Rolnik, 6). Revealing this process that females go through during rush leads females to accept self-objectification which can lead to an increase in negative effect for females including eating disorders, body shame, and attitudes according to the author Rolnik who studies the effects of rush on Greek participants.

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(The above black and while picture is form 1960’s during rush from a school in the south. Women are seen wearing their best balls gowns to impress the other members)

*During the rush process, members are offered a “bid” if they are considered worthy for the chapter. Lohse, a former fraternity member at Dartmouth University, was only offered a bid after several fraternity members came to his defense in the decision panel because they said he was popular with women. The members claimed they saw Lohse with two women in one night, and regardless of the accuracy of this statement, this proves that a “quality fraternity man” degrades women in a sense and is a man because they are popular with women

Hazing- 

*Hazing is where members are forced to perform various embarrassing or self-objectifying acts.

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*Many of the hazing rituals and traditions are gender focused. When males get hazed and go through rush they often have to do things to prove their manliness such as prove how much alcohol they can consume, excel in sports competitions held during rush, and often times male hazing involves proving their ability to coerce women which can turn into sexual assault. In fact, fraternity members are more likely to be sexual offenders so this could show the relationship between how fraternity men think of women and how women can be victimized

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The attached link is a record of all the hazing deaths reported in american since the 1800’s. The list gives the date, the university, the victim, and the incident. This record is VERY INTERESTING and SHOCKING. I would advise taking a look at this. Do not skim over this it is worth the extra time spent. All this is done to prove something to the brothers and sister in their Greek chapter to prove their worthiness of being a proper women or a man.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hazing_deaths_in_the_United_States

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*Female hazing often targets the new members body image, appearance, and femininity. For instance multiple cases of female hazing has been show to put women in scantily clads and embarrassing outfits like the below bra and underwear outfit. They then mostly write obscene and discussing things on their bodes such as “do me”or circle the parts of their bodies that have extra fat on them. This only reinforces the ideals that women should be skinny, have the perfect body, reveal them selves, being objectified with obscene language written on them, and be submissive to all this atroucious things being done to them.

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Traditions-

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( The above picture is items that fraternities and sororitys must posses an wear during certain parts of their involvement int the greek system. All fraternity men in hopes of joining a fraternity must wear the pledge pin to symbolize to other members that they are new so they can mentor them and sometimes easier spot them for hazing pour poses. The rings and pearls are symbols for thermals that they posses when they get to a certain point in their sorority such as their senior year. It is also to symbolize their felinity and classiness.)

*Liz, a sorority member mentioned in Arthur’s study on gender construction in sororities, revealed that sorority members are required to take etiquette classes, learn how to be ladylike, and learn how to dress so the sorority can send the right signals to others

*Weekly mixers are an example of how the fraternities and sororities are segregated until only coming together to reinforce traditional gender roles of male dominant and female dependent relationships and their need for relational codependence. Since Greek members are often not allowed to bring non-Greek members this allows only Greek ideals to influence their settings and mixers. This causes them to conform and further be molded into the Greek ideals of how males and females should act within the traditional Greek system

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*The secret rituals where members chant, repeat their chapters creed, and many things that are completely unknown to the outsiders create an elitism attitude for the members. It is hard to provide an actual chant or underground practice from a sorority or fraternity because they are often the thing kept most secret. Unlike hazing where people end up finding out about them. Their chants and rituals are often only done at secret ceremonys involving candlelight, an attitude of respect for their greek chapter, and most of the time involve past down ceremonial relics that have been passed down in the chapter for generations.

 


 

CONTENT: The secret side of Greek life does not get brought into the light as members are sworn to closely kept secrecy. Parts of Greek life such as hazing, rush, and secret rituals are rarely mentioned outside of the fraternities’ or sororities’ knowledge. Hazing is where members are forced to perform various embarrassing or self-objectifying acts. Rush is the organized process of judging, pressuring, and testing to see if members are worthy of meeting the standards of certain fraternities and sororities. The sworn in secret rituals are traditions that the chapter performs and are often unknown acts or chants done in private (Reitman). During the rush process, members are offered a “bid” if they are considered worthy for the chapter. Lohse, a former fraternity member at Dartmouth University, was only offered a bid after several fraternity members came to his defense in the decision panel because they said he was popular with women. The members claimed they saw Lohse with two women in one night, and regardless of the accuracy of this statement, this proves that a “quality fraternity man” degrades women in a sense and is a man because they are popular with women (Reitman). One of the traditions of Greek life is the participation in weekly mixers, where members are required to bring a member from a fraternity or sorority of the opposite sex, often times not allowing non-Greek members (Handler, 245). Weekly mixers are an example of how the fraternities and sororities are segregated until only coming together to reinforce traditional gender roles of male dominant and female dependent relationships and their need for relational codependence. Since Greek members are often not allowed to bring non-Greek members this allows only Greek ideals to influence their settings and mixers. This causes them to conform and further be molded into the Greek ideals of how males and females should act within the traditional Greek system (Handler, 246). The secret rituals where members chant, repeat their chapters creed, and many things that are completely unknown to the outsiders create an elitism attitude for the members. Many of the hazing rituals and traditions are gender focused. When males get hazed and go through rush they often have to do things to prove their manliness such as prove how much alcohol they can consume, excel in sports competitions held during rush, and often times male hazing involves proving their ability to coerce women which can turn into sexual assault (Reitman and Walter, 119). In fact, fraternity members are more likely to be sexual offenders so this could show the relationship between how fraternity men think of women and how women can be victimized (Kalof, 419). Sorority rush and hazing is also gender focused on females in which they target their body image, appearance, and femininity. Liz, a sorority member mentioned in Arthur’s study on gender construction in sororities, revealed that sorority members are required to take etiquette classes, learn how to be ladylike, and learn how to dress so the sorority can send the right signals to others (Arthur, 87). During rush, a time only known to the rushes, Rolnik interviewed an anonymous sorority rush participant in which she says, “It is the worst week many freshman girls experience…It was awkward, ego-crushing, and brought us to the depths of shallowness…The two minute conversations are just a chance for as many girls as possible to judge how pretty you are; that’s the only thing they could determine in such a short amount of time,”(Rolnik, 6). Revealing this process that females go through during rush leads females to accept self-objectification which can lead to an increase in negative effect for females including eating disorders, body shame, and attitudes according to the author Rolnik who studies the effects of rush on Greek participants (Rolnik, 5).

11 thoughts on “Hazing, Rituals, & Traditions

  1. This is good section because people are always wondering want occurs during hazing. Some people do not know what hazing is. I like that you had graphics to show thing specific to each gender.

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  3. Hi I’m doing a research about hazing. May I know your name or at least give me your sources? Plagiarism is the last thing I want to happen. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you!

  4. I’d like to know more about there rituals. They seem demonic to me. My ex girlfriend is in a sorority and she’s no the same person anymore.

  5. As one of the foremost demonic creatures specializing in youth corruption, I know a thing or two about college organizations & their rituals. What most don’t realize is that Greek sororities and fraternities are merely a flashy public relations ploy intended to distract people from our real work. By cultivating a reputation for both bacchanalian excess and mysterious secret rituals, while allowing outsiders to know just enough to excite their imagination, we focus the full attention of the righteous on but a tiny fraction of our diabolical machinations. Thus occupied with a single tree, godly and moral folk fail to notice the forest of evil growing around them! Now, of course, it is far too late to stop us, and so I may reveal the truth without the slightest fear of reprisal. For as alarming as the Greek culture of dogmatic chanting, rampant idolatry, and casual rape may (intentionally) appear, it is less than a drop in our ocean of evil plans. In reality, it’s not just frats or even entire universities through which we deliver mass corruption; our true tool is education itself. The moment a person begins reading, learning, & thinking for themselves, their soul is effectively ours. Such independence of mind is the ideal setting for turning people away from true morality, which of course only a few select Church elders are qualified to convey. But now, not only have Hell’s minions succeeded in making all knowledge widely available, we’ve convinced the world that learning is actually good! Fools! Obviously, only rigorously judgmental, strictly patriarchal religious doctrine established thousands of years ago to consolidate & justify brutal, oppressive tyranny offers a true path to God’s grace. Yet now the common masses believe they too are deserving of literacy and opinions of their own, just as we planned. Mwahahahaha!! Why, even pants-wearing women are permitted to speak their mind and have careers beyond motherhood, while slavery is all but eradicated in civil society. Meanwhile, the handful of hateful old men that everyone should be obeying are consigned to ridicule and ignored. Satan’s grand scheme is a complete success, and humanity is damned! Only a scant few who remain devoted to mindless obedience shall ascend to heaven; the rest belong to us, and all thanks to education– the unseen evil.

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