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It Ain’t Greek to Me

Posted by Mackenzie Slade on May 13, 2015 at 3:38 PM

4907bf2cf3e550162a31fe8c56bfa3ce.pngThere is a distinct difference between a girl and a woman. A girl has a young mindset, is immature, and often catty. A woman is a strong, independent and powerful, but most importantly a woman empowers other women. 

Monika Rostvold is a woman. Name sound familiar? She is the brave student from Texas State University who got nearly naked and blindfolded to protest against sexual assault and the objectification of women’s bodies last month, which so happened to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Monika sat on Texas State’s library steps in just a thong, pasties, blindfolded with headphones. For 45 minutes she courageously sat on those steps as a message for the “still not asking for it” movement. Without a doubt, she had received the attention she was hoping to grasp. People on campus were very supportive of her and she was thrilled to see such positive feedback on such an important issue, as was I.

But of course there will be people with negative things to say. When searching for feedback on this article, I found Total Sorority Move’s take on it. Take a look at the story below…  a4ff9b477a0ffde3772cc54ca5f4ae51.png

hahahahahaahhaimlaughingsoidontscream. Before I go on, I need to point out that the author of this article is female.  Hold on to your seat as a point out every deplorable and hypocritical comment in this article…

Let’s start with the name calling. Bored activist? - What’s wrong with being an activist and trying to change the world? I’m sure the author’s job of sitting behind a computer and name calling at a safe distance is much more fulfilling. Quick, someone tell Monika before she does another protest that may help save lives!

Now on to the “spoiler alert:  everyone was freaked out. it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if you place a naked female body in the middle of a college campus, it is going to cause a stir”. Obviously it does take a rocket scientist to explain to you that’s the reaction she was looking for- you know to uhh raise awareness and boring things like that.

 Moving forward to the best comment, which I am so glad the author saved for last. “Does she even have underwear on?! I am worried for her sanitary health. College campuses are a nasty place.” Want to know what is even dirtier than the dirt and germs on campus? HIV/AIDS! STI’s, unwanted pregnancy, poor mental health. All of which are side effects from sexual assault, which she’s protesting. Maybe you should be more concerned with the sanitary health of the victims she is protesting for.

Though the shameful author of this article was right about one thing, college campuses are a nasty place. In fact, 1 of 5 women will experience sexual assault at college. How nasty is that? Oh but the startling hypocrisy of it all is that women in sororities are 74% more likely to be a victim of rape.

Total Sorority Move should be ashamed of itself for publishing that article, because it is not a total sorority move. Let’s take a look at the historical context of sororities…

There is a lot of debate about the first sorority and unfortunately there is no concrete information out there exposing the real story. The only thing we do know is that before sororities, there were fraternities. History has it that a woman wanted to be a part of a fraternity. To our surprise, the men in the club said no. So what did this strong brave woman do? She started her own fraternity for women. This is pretty bada$$ and a huge step forward for woman who at the time of this, were just recently allowed to go to colleges.

It is a shame that sororities get a bad rap because in many ways, sororities spearheaded feminism and gender equality. They empowered women of the time to break the rules and take power, and I’m positive that many sororities still do this. However, the author of this article and the website that is supposed to depict sororities in their entirety did not. That alone is a good reminder on why we need more feminists, because women are still going against their own gender

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