By Alan D. DeSantis
Pop culture portrays university Greek enterprises as a coaching floor for malevolent younger aristocrats. movies corresponding to Animal condominium, Revenge of the Nerds, old-fashioned, and Legally Blonde toughen this stereotype, yet they fail to depict the iconic impact of those firms on their individuals. inside of Greek U. offers an in-depth research of the way fraternities and sororities bolster conventional, and possibly harmful, definitions of gender and sexuality. utilizing proof accrued in countless numbers of concentration staff periods and private interviews, in addition to his years of expertise as a school consultant to Greek businesses, Alan D. DeSantis bargains exceptional entry to the area of fraternities and sororities. DeSantis, himself as soon as a member of a fraternity, exhibits the profoundly constrained gender roles to be had to Greeks: "real males" are taught to be unemotional, sexually promiscuous, and violent; "nice girls," to be nurturing, family, and natural. those inflexible formulations frequently result in harmful attitudes and behaviors, equivalent to consuming problems, date rape, sexual misconduct, and homophobia. inside of Greek U. exhibits that the Greek event doesn't finish on commencement day, yet that those slender definitions of gender and sexuality hamper scholars' highbrow and emotional improvement and restrict their diversity of selections lengthy after commencement. Ten percentage of all students sign up for a Greek association, and lots of of the nation's enterprise and political leaders are former participants. DeSantis recognizes that hundreds of thousands of scholars sign up for Greek companies every year looking for which means, popularity, friendship, and engagement, and he illuminates the pressures and demanding situations that modern students face. within Greek U. demonstrates how deeply Greek firms impact their participants and indicates how, with reform the worst excesses of the process, fraternities and sororities may perhaps function a favorable impact on contributors and campus existence.
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To be a real man means not to be feminine or risk being ridiculed as a sissy, fag, or mama’s boy. Conversely, to be a good woman means not to act masculine or risk being disparaged as a bitch, butch, or dyke. Gender Themes of Masculinity Gender Themes of Femininity Heterosexual Promiscuity Toughness and Assertiveness Imposing Physical Type Relational Independence Professional Orientation ↔ ↔ ↔ ↔ ↔ Monogamy and Virginity Nurturing and Caring Petite Physical Type Relational Interdependence Domestic Orientation Figure 1.
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Inside Greek U.: Fraternities, Sororities, and the Pursuit of Pleasure, Power, and Prestige by Alan D. DeSantis