Have you ever been watching a sorority or fraternity movie or TV show and you find yourself thinking, “uh… no, that’s not at all how that works”? It seems like every time a movie comes out that involves sororities and fraternities, we all just wanna roll our eyes and spend the entire movie explaining to every non-Greek person in the room why this is totally false. Parties in the sorority house? Not screaming and chanting during rush? Uh, I don’t think so, pal.
Let’s start with the Spoiled Sorority Girl attire. Okay, I don’t know about yall, but when was the last time you saw anyone on campus wearing pearls and heels to class, let alone a sorority girl? I don’t even see girls dressed this nicely at
Traveling in packs. Uh, who has the time and convenience for this? And, to reiterate the first point, why are they ALL dressed better than girls dress
Those weird rush parties where PNMs are just floating around the house. I always wondered if maybe this was only weird because my university does rush a certain way, and other schools actually have rush parties like this. But, after doing some research and asking my girls at other schools, it’s clear that literally no sorority just invites the PNMs inside, touches/hugs them (???), or, worst of all, straight up ignores a girl to the point where she’s just walking around the house on her own. Uh, no. Rush is not this casual. At all. Plus, where are all the screaming girls who stack the door when the PNMs enter? Where are the banners? Where are all the balloons that we all definitely have had to inflate and construct into an arch as sophomores? We’ve come to the conclusion that movies have the budget to throw the best rush of all time and do not take that opportunity. Come on, fake sorority girls, get your crap together.
The idea that the president is evil. There’s always the president of the sorority who is the stereotypical “head cheerleader” (another annoying movie stereotype) that hates the pretty plain nerd girl who actually isn’t plain at all and isn’t much of a nerd either. For some
Parties in the house. This one I guess I understand to an extent why someone who was never actually in a sorority but has some cheerleader effect complex and became a screenwriter would actually think is true. We don’t have parties in the house. That’s not just university to university. That’s a national rule. We don’t have parties in the house. We don’t have functions in the house. We don’t trash our own house. Fraternities? Absolutely. Sororities? Absolutely not. I mean, girls are trying to sleep upstairs. Some girls have 8 am classes. Some girls have church in the morning. I don’t know how to put it more plainly to people who don’t know anything about Greek life, but we do not have parties in our houses. And we don’t want to. That Neighbors sequel where the girls are trying to start a sorority that can throw parties? I mean, good for them, but like… have fun making your pledges clean when no other sorority’s pledges have to do that.
Pledge classes are literally 5 people. I mean I know this is nitpicky, and some campus chapters are small, but these movies are trying to get this image that Greek life is the end-all-be-all of campus, yet their sororities have, like maybe 5 girls to a pledge class. If Greek life is huge at your school, you’re looking at pledge classes anywhere from 50-150 girls. I mean I get that they wanna focus in on a certain amount of characters, but you can still do that even in a pledge class of 75 girls. Just
Sorority girls love being mean to one another. I know it’s “cool” to hate sorority girls
The only sorority movie that got it somewhat right when it comes to how we love each other and work hard is Legally Blonde. I mean, all of Elle’s friends got together to help her get ready, they helped her when she was getting over Warner, encouraged her to go to Harvard, and even went across the country to be there for Elle in her big trial. They were a little ditzy, sure, but they were good and loyal friends who wanted their president to succeed. Not only that, but Elle had a 4.0 in a business major (yes, fashion merchandising is a business major), was the president of a major organization on campus, heavily involved on campus, had plenty of volunteer hours, got a near-impossible score on her LSAT, and Harvard still underestimated her. We should all strive to be like Elle Woods. As for the rest of these “sorority movies,” come on writers, look at Legally Blonde: you can make a great movie and not spread the false shallow sorority girl narrative.