Greek life is essential in American universities. The stereotypical university experience is rarely missing the notorious tales of late-night partying and next day cleaning, etc.
For incoming freshmen students, the freedom that university and Greek life afford are in themselves intoxicating, for example, to go from a rigid-rule oriented household with a curfew and chores cannot begin to compare to the complete opposite in college life. Students go from being told what to do, what they can and cannot wear, what to think and how to feel to being completely free and independent from their parents for the first time in their lives. It is this lack of guardian oversight that lures a large portion of 18 and 19-year-old’s to continue their education (besides the obvious economic advantage of a higher education). Yet, there are differences in policies that regulate how fraternities and sororities are treated by the university administration.
For example, it has always been university policy to allow and in some cases (albeit not publicly) encourage fraternities to socialize and party. It is permissible for university fraternities to host/throw their own parties without university oversight. These are the parties we have all attended, the parties that are infamously portrayed in mainstream movies and the media. How one may feel about this, whether they are good (in order to socialize and relieve stress) or if they are bad (sexual assault and alcoholism/drug abuse), whether or not fraternities should be allowed to throw parties is up for debate, what is not up for debate is the obvious gender bias.
For example, it is current university policy to not allow and outright discourage sororities from hosting parties, even small ones like birthday parties. It is also university policy to forbid alcohol in any capacity within sorority houses. This is based on gender biases; it is permissible for men to drink, smoke and party but it’s not allowed for women. This is, in my view, openly sexist to both male and female university students. It is openly sexist towards women for the obvious reasons mentioned above. According to the university policies and their inherent intent, women cannot govern themselves and are apparently incapable of enjoying their freedoms in a civilized manner. These university policies are also sexist towards men because they are held to a lower standard than women, by these policies, not expected to behave, not expected to follow the rules, not expected to refrain from alcohol and drugs.
According to these current university policies, women are held to a higher standard of behavior than their male counterparts and men are expected to not be capable of self-restrain. These policies are enforcing century old gender roles and should be removed because today, men and women are equal and ought to be treated as such in all aspects of life, including university Greek life. In other words, let women enjoy themselves for once.
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