The road to recourse will be steep. Sorority women consider sex a critical component of their autonomy, explained Peyton Sherwood, a third year English and sociology major and UCLA sorority member. This could potentially make it easier for women to report cases of sexual assault committed by fraternity members. According to Lyons, beneath an exterior of cheerful sisterhood lay a strong undercurrent of sex that pervaded Greek culture but was rarely discussed in the open. Sherwood believes slut-shaming is indeed more likely to come from fellow women than from men. Shearer said a process exists in which members can ask their student VP of Administration to amend a bylaw, but rarely has she seen anything more significant than cancelled meetings during exam weeks. Note: Due to the heteronormative nature of the Greek system, this article focuses on the experiences of heterosexual women.
Madalyn. Age: 28.
Times change, and so do the things we need to talk about.
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Sex and the Sorority Girl
This could potentially make it easier for women to report cases of sexual assault committed by fraternity members. In a system that places sex in the hands of fraternities and essentially prays for the best, women can can never truly own their sexuality. It also speaks volumes that two UCLA sororities banned members from speaking with me regarding this article.