I was a Kappa Alpha Theta at UVM many years ago. I just finished reading Alexandra Robbins' book - Pledged. I was very curious since I've been through the experience to see what she had to report.
Her book is about sororities in southern universities - mostly in Texas with anecdotes about others thrown in. I'm realizing that although we had 5-6 national sorority chapters and probably 10-12 national and local fraternities, my experience really hit the tip of the iceberg.
I think it's a more intensive experience in the South. the emphasis on getting into the "right" sorority (starting in high school) and many of the events didn't happen in northern VT. She paints a picture of girls that are constantly drinking to excess, smoking and doing many other things although she constantly professes to only report what she saw. She had to go "undercover" in the sororities since she asked permission from the national organizations to report and they refused her after the MTV show scared them away from the media. She had to befriend a couple of girls at different houses by getting them to agree to help her write the book, but I wonder how she managed to stay so close to the sorority without the other girls questioning her reasons for being there and how she got access to some of the sisters-only rituals and events.
All in all, this book was written about the 1999 - 2000 timeframe which put it way after my experience but it was interesting reading that brought back a lot of my good memories I had forgotten.
Has anyone read this book and compared it to their own experiences? Or have you (or are you now) in a college sorority? What did it mean to you and what did you take away from the experience?