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Stereotypical Sorority Girl Image from coolarchive.com There are numerous conceptions surrounding the image of women in sororities. "Sorority Girls," a term often used in a derogatory manner, are commonly known as and portrayed in the media as snobs and airheads. Sorority members are often classified as elitist, sexually promiscuous and self absorbed. Major motion pictures portray sorority characters in this same manner. Many Web sites feature "sorority girl jokes" that perpetuate these images.

Some of the most common found on the Web at sites such as Insultmonger.com:

Q: What does a sorority girl make for dinner?
A: Reservations

Q: How many sorority girls does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One. She holds it, and the world revolves around her.

Q: Why is a sorority girl like a doorknob?
A: Because everybody gets a turn.

Modifiedliving.com credits its self-proclaimed widespread popularity to its pages poking fun at sorority women, according to the site. It contains several pages exploiting the sterotypes of sorority life, such as "Sorority Smackdown," and "A Little Guide to Becoming the Coolest Thing on Campus." If there is any question as to what is commonly said against sororities and sorority women, this site answers them. The content of this site may be considered vulgar and offensive. Please view at your own risk.

This is not to say that the negative reputation portrayed on this site and others does not apply to certain individual women - it may, whether they are members of a sorority or not. Often, sorority women themselves play up to these images by using derogatory words in reference to other sorority women. Regardless, it is important to recognize this reputation for what it is - a stereotype, an oversimplified generalization made about a group without considering its members as individuals.

The object of this Web site is not to crusade against these conceptions, it is to identify them as stereotypes and to expose the contributions sorority life makes to its members and sorority women make to their communities. If one takes the time to acknowledge or perpetuate stereotypes, it is also important to take into account the values sororities were founded upon, the philanthropic endeavors they undertake and the outstanding women that are products of sorority life.