Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

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Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

Pledged The Secret Life of Sororities This New York Times bestseller is a fast paced behind the scenes book that blows the lid off the intriguing world of mainstream sorority life Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes a

  • Title: Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
  • Author: Alexandra Robbins
  • ISBN: 9780786888597
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • This New York Times bestseller is a fast paced, behind the scenes book that blows the lid off the intriguing world of mainstream sorority life.Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectationsThis New York Times bestseller is a fast paced, behind the scenes book that blows the lid off the intriguing world of mainstream sorority life.Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectations drugs, psychological abuse, extreme promiscuity, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders are just a few of the problems But even surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive women Why is the desire to belong to a sorority so powerful that women are willing to engage in this type of behavior specially when the women involved are supposed to be considered sisters What definition of sisterhood do many women embrace Pledged combines a sharp eyed narrative with extensive reporting and the fly on the wall.

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    1. Petra X on said:

      The new tribes of America. Complete with initiation rites and codes of behaviour. In Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging both Yuval and Junger romanticise the togetherness, warmth and happiness of belonging to a tribe where food is easy to find and work is accomplished in a few hours. (view spoiler)[Were Yuval and Junger remembering their days in a fraternity, blood brotherhood and chug the beer and easy, elite women? (hide spoiler)]The downside was the b [...]

    2. Kristie Damell on said:

      As a past chapter President and current Greek advisor at a college, my expectations of this book were exceedingly high. The women in the sorority I advise all read it and passed it along to me. I was hoping they might learn some valuable lessons about hazing and the consequences of taking part in hazing related activities. Unfortunately, this book primarily focused on the day-to-day lives of four sorority women. While I can say with certainty that the things in this book do happen in sororities, [...]

    3. Jordan on said:

      This book was not smart enough for me to get behind the author's arguments. Not having been in a sorority for the beginning of college and then joining one after transferring schools, I felt that the author had a definite bias in her "reporting" even though she presented it as though she was without. She greatly missed the fact that binge drinking, casual sex and a disinterest in philanthropy is a cultural phenomenon and one of the college age group. Her criticism of sorority members neglected t [...]

    4. Ashley on said:

      I went to a college in the South and was a member of a National Sorority all four years I was in school. Let's just say I did not have the same experiences that Robbins describes in her book. First of all, my sorority had very strict rules on hazing. We were not even allowed to let our new members go on a fun camping retreat to get to know one another because it was considered "hazing" if all sisters did not participate. That being said, my experiences before I was intiated were filled with free [...]

    5. Lani on said:

      I have a love/hate relationship with everything Alexandra Robbins writes. She is a total sensationalist and I feel a bit guilty every time I pick up one of her books. But they're always very fun. I found this one more amusing than some others because it seemed so unabashedly self-centered. It really seemed like the author just wanted to join a sorority and wanted to make sure we all knew that she could still do it - AND pass for a college girl!Read anything by Robbins with a GIGANTIC GRAIN OF SA [...]

    6. Felicia on said:

      SoI went to a school that was very sorority heavy, and always stared at the girls like, "Wow, why would you want to do that?" This book aims to be balanced, but I dunno why any human would want their daughter joining one after reading this. Talk about conformity and marginalization in institutions. This was so frightening to me to read, and fascinating at the same time. Highly recommended for the curious.

    7. Katie on said:

      An interesting investigative report on life in historically white sororities in the 2000's South. Having been denied access to sororities by their national offices, in the wake of MTV's expose, the young (thin, pretty) Robbins accompanied four young women undercover through for one academic year, at the risk of their being disaffiliated. She does not disclose the location or name of the university (although it is in a warm climate) or the sororities. She says that she deliberately chose ordinary [...]

    8. Christina on said:

      My mom, in an attempt to turn me against sororities, picked up Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities at our local public library. At first, I was hesitant about picking up the book because I didn’t like the fact that my mom is trying to make decisions for me. I chalked it up to the fact that she just wants me to be well-informed and picked up the book this morning for after-TAKS reading.Robbins introduces us to Vicki, Caitlin, Amy, and Sabrina and immediately I began to identify with a certai [...]

    9. Danica on said:

      I was actually really excited to read this book. I was in a sorority and was never hazed, none of the crazy stuff that people say happen in sororities never happened on my campus. It's not that we were a small campus or even small chapters of our organizations, our school simply did not allow it and there were plenty of organizations that were thrown off of campus for hazing and other things. I got about 1/2 way through this book, and was just plain bored! There was nothing really happening that [...]

    10. Kaitlyn on said:

      I heard about this book last year in one of my courses at school. Most of my lectures had involved women who were active members of our campus sororities. Some days I did not think much of them especially when I felt like they were expressing feminist view points and then in actions contradicted them entirely. I liked that Robbins discussed sororities and the relationship between sororities and feminist ideals. I certainly don’t see them going hand in hand but it doesn’t appear Robbins does [...]

    11. Lynn on said:

      I have a love/hate relationship with this book, but my biggest word of warning is that it needs to be taken with a grain of salt.The book follows the lives of four sorority girls, their personal lives, and their personal choices. By the end of the story we still don't know these girls well - partially because anything that would characterize them as themselves is hidden or diluted. I still don't know what kind of women these are, would I be friends with them, would I trust them? I don't know.Of [...]

    12. Doug on said:

      What this book is about in fewer words than this sentence:Every rumor you've ever heard about sororities are true.What I learned from this book:All rich, popular white girls are exactly the same.Sorority stereotypes are true.Women tend to treat each other like shit.College students make boring subject matter.

    13. melissa on said:

      I didn't do the college thing, instead choosing the School of Life and Hard Knocks. Hey, what you can't learn through watching Jeopardy! you don't need to know. (okay, maybe not. I am taking classes now.) But since my "sorority" during the post-high school years were my stoner buddies, reading this book provided insight on what I missed out on. I'll use "missed" lightly. Oh my god this is horrible! Shit, more debauchery in here than I saw in the dimly-lit bathroom of any gay bar. And marking fla [...]

    14. Jacqueline115 on said:

      Okay. was not a book I truly enjoyed. the author went undercover for a year but is that sufficient? From my experience of belonging to a local sorority, I was disappointed that everything written was negative. No positive stories were published about the bond among sisterhood, nothing about doing good deeds through community service, nothing about greek sports on campus. Nothing about what happens to women post-college. I remain in touch with many of my sisters and served as an officer for the a [...]

    15. Chris on said:

      Full review at BooklikesThis book is supposedly shines the light on sororities and will tell . . . pretty much what you already know. It follows four girls, and to find out what happens to the girls is the only reason to read this book. The revelations that are made are common of all college students for the most part, and for those that aren’t lack depth.

    16. Kyra on said:

      There were points in this book where I was completely tracking with Robbins and where she was coming from -- after all, I had lived it. I could predict what she would address before she began speaking about it. Other times, I was furious with her: For portraying Greek Life in such a way that ran counter to everything I've ever experienced, for definitively confirming stereotypes I had never seen exist, and for ending on such a condemnation of a system I'm not sure she ever fully understood. I re [...]

    17. Pauline on said:

      Alexandra Robbins decided to investigate sororities and, being denied official access by the Greek bodies, went undercover by following 4 anonymous sisters for a year. She also sneaked into a few conferences and "forbidden" meetings, and did her own outside research on sorority rules, principles, and scandals. The book therefore reads a little bit like a 3rd person teenager diary, intersected with her broader findings.She aims to give a balanced account, noting that the four girls/sororities wil [...]

    18. Rick on said:

      “Pledged” (Hyperion, 2004) by Alexandra Robbins is interesting - in a voyeuristic sort of way. What is that word that means superficial and empty, and has a couple of Us in it? Supposedly a tell-all on sororities, I suspect that everything the author depicts really does happen – just not constantly at the particular sororities she studied. I think she really put together a mélange of sordid activities from a number of sororities and assigned them for journalistic purposes to the ones she [...]

    19. Ashley M on said:

      While the book does give an accurate approximation of the meetings & rituals are like, the types of categories stereotyped to certain sororities, and the general schedules of parties, meetings, events, & philanthropies, I found a lot of it far-fetched. The examples the author used of extremeist partying and hazing are most likely fact, however fraternities are demonized by inferring that they are all would-be-rapists and drug proponents. I may have been naieve, but I wasn't aware of girl [...]

    20. Tima on said:

      I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm a sucker for an exposé, even if it is sensationalized a little bit. That being said, I just don't know how much of this was true, to any degree.As I was reading, I got the distinct feeling that she just wove together entirely fictional stories based on the hundreds of sorority sisters she interviewed. (Which, I'm curious how she swindled so many of them to agree to interviews when there is an entire chapter in the book about the Nationals war on media [...]

    21. Melissa on said:

      I found this book very off base. I was in a national sorority in college and found this book did not mirror my experience in the least. It's been a while since I read it so I don't remember all the details but I found she wasn't painting a very clear picture. All campuses and chapters are different so I will say that these things could have happened elsewhere, but in all reality, every chapter has their "screw ups" and it seems like these were the only stories she choose to mention. Also some of [...]

    22. Eh?Eh! on said:

      First saw this book at the store. First heard about this book years back while walking to class behind a couple sorority girls who were disdainful of the author for being "totally uncool" to "spy" on the sororities favorite was when one of them said "did you see her picture in the back? she's not that pretty." I don't think they read it. The Greek system is not portrayed as being bad - as with anything, certain elements concentrated in particular chapters or even a single class year sucked and m [...]

    23. Nia on said:

      A good mix of anecdotes and broader analysis. Robbins writes compellingly and fairly; she portrays the sorority girls she interviewed as complex and fundamentally decent people while unpacking the way sororities, as institutionalized social groups, create unhealthy environments in which conformity and gaining the approval of men are top prerogatives.

    24. Toni on said:

      I learned many fascinating things that never happened to me during college. It was interesting to see what "really" happens behind the closed doors of sorority row.

    25. Rozeltte on said:

      Two words: Tomi Lahren. I've never been in a sorority, but this felt like a full scale attack. In fact, it came across as a "my opinion is the only one that matters" scenario. The intro is and explanation of the backlash received is too long, I ended up skipping to the first chapter. The author could have made the intro a lot shorter and maybe added some of the correspondence received at the end of the book. Having such a subjective opening doesn't really allow readers to form an unbiased opinio [...]

    26. Janene on said:

      I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/14648883

    27. Carly on said:

      Since Robbins attempts to portray her novel about sorority life as research, I will treat it as such. This review is how I would critique any written piece claiming to be research. Lucky for me I’m taking two classes this semester dealing specifically with proper research procedures. 1. Lack of Randomization. Robbins follows around four sorority girls. Four, out of thousands in the country. Although Robbins has reasons that she cannot follow more girls (prohibited by most national sororities a [...]

    28. Casey on said:

      Spoiler alert: this book expresses mostly negative opinions about Greek life. If you're a former sister looking for a book that's the journalistic equivalent of Leslie Gore's hit song "Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows," maybe you should just call up your old sorority friends and talk about how awesome you guys all were together. But that sisterly Kumbaya shtick doesn't sell books (which you might have learned in your Business 101 class, if you hadn't skipped it to play vodka pong), so don't ex [...]

    29. Jessica Allan Schmidt on said:

      I found the book interesting, in an unusual way.Having gone to school exclusively in the Northeast, sorority life is very much marginalized here. My 300-student campus in western Mass. didn't offer them (shock, yeah?) and when I went to a Seven Sisters school, only three very small independent Greek organizations existed, which attracted less than 5% of the student body.And Robbins is herself a Yalie.Sorority life seems ludicrous to someone who's outside the culture. But it serves an important s [...]

    30. Nguyen Santiago on said:

      OK, so as someone who is not the paranoid mother of a college-bound daughter I am not the target audience of Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities. Still, this is an area that I do not have much exposure to, and I'm always curious to learn about sub-cultures and new worlds. I shared this ignorance of sororities with the author, who knew little of them before deciding to research and write the book. The blurb has her writing for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, amongst many others (more on that l [...]

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