Please don’t pass judgement on something you don’t understand.

I just read an article about a sorority recruitment video that “is worse for women than Donald Trump”–I read the entire article and watched the video, expecting some horrendous taboo recruitment video. I didn’t get what I expected. It was a complete run of the mill plain Jane recruitment video. The article states"It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogeneous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so … unempowering,”. When in reality it shows a group of girls goofing around, having fun and bonding with each other to form a sisterhood. Sisterhood is ultimately the reason a girl joins a sorority in the first place, so showcasing that is an extremely important part of the recruitment process. Speaking from experience, the making these types of videos is sometimes choreographed and sometimes someone just pulls out a camera and starts filming friends joking around, sitting and talking. 

Do the girls all have on nice outfits, their hair done and makeup on? Yes! Of course! Why would somebody post a video of their sorority looking like crap? That’s not going to attract PNMs. In many sororities, including my own, sisters pride themselves on appreciating beauty, both of themselves and their surroundings. This isn’t in vain or for shallow reasons, but simply because when we look our best, we feel our best. We are confident and ready to conquer anything. When we wear our letters or represent our houses, we are encouraged to spend a little extra time grooming in the morning to look put together. Similarly when I went on field trips in high school, we were instructed to wear nicer clothes and be nicely groomed because we were representing our school. There’s nothing wrong with taking pride in yourself. 

Thirdly, the author tells us that the video is lacking : any mention of core ideals or service and philanthropy efforts”. Recruitment videos are meant to be supplemental. They are shown to PNMs DURING the recruitment process. These PNMs are also talking to the sisters about their values and philanthropies. In fact, when I went through recruitment, the video was shown during our philanthropy round. We met with the girl who was recruiting us, talked about the philanthropy that house was involved in, watched the video, and did a small craft for the philanthropy (i.e. making sugar free iced tea lemonade for the JDRF walk when the philanthropy is Diabetes Research and Education). We don’t see it in the 5 minute video, but we talk about the values of the houses for 4 days, each time we visit. 

The author concludes saying “It’s the kind of thing I never want my young daughters to see or emulate.” That’s very sad, I want my daughter to emulate sorority women. Women who share a bond that lasts a lifetime. Women who seek wisdom, who aspire to keep their bodies and minds healthy, speak kindly with those who they meet and cherish the friendships they make along the way. I want her to be a woman who looks for ways to contribute to her community and show respect for herself, her home, and her beliefs. I want my daughter to be honest, kind and sincere. I want her to have high ambitions and find a way to reach them. That is the kind of woman I want to be, I want to raise and that is the kind of woman that is in a sorority. 

RANT OVER. Please, just do research and find the appropriate information on a subject before you pass judgment. Not everything about a system can be shown in a 5 minute video that’s meant to be an advertisement. 

🎨 get the look: how to paint sorority canvas shoes! 🎨

Painted sorority Keds and Toms are super fun for bid day, big/little reveal and any day! Get the look with these step-by-step instructions for creating your footwear works of art. They are totally wearable and a FAB way to show your greek pride all around campus.


  • Pair of white canvas sneakers (Keds), or white/ivory slip-ons (Toms), or similar brands. 
  • 1-2" blue painter’s tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint pens and/or Sharpies
  • Firm small brushes
  • Tissue paper
  • Pencil for tracing or penciling freehand 
  • Tracing paper for preferred technique
  • Nail polish remover & Q-tips
  • Clear matte sealing spray such as Krylon

❉ STEP 1 Prep the Shoes: 

  • Remove the laces if you are painting Keds. 
  • Tape all around the sole with the blue painter’s tape, protecting the edges from stray paint.
  • Stuff tissue paper in the toes of the shoes to keep your painting surface firm.

❉ STEP 2 Lightly Trace Your Design:

  • With a pencil, lightly freehand your design. Or trace one using your favorite tracing technique. Please refer to the sorority sugar Letter Tracing Guide for different ways to trace. 
  • Another option is to print a design from the computer, cut it out and use it as a “stencil.” Secure your stencil with pins and lightly trace around it.

❉ STEP 3 Paint the Design:

  • Using firm, small brushes paint your design on the canvas surface. 
  • A light touch works better than a heavy application.
  • Accent and outline with paint pens and/or colored Sharpies.
  • If there are multiple layers to your design, allow for drying time.

❉ STEP 4 Finishing Touches:  

  • After shoes are completely dry, spray clear sealant over the painted surface.
  • Remove the blue painter’s tape. 
  • Touch up any stray paint spots with a Q-tip and nail polish remover.
  • Remove the tissue paper inside the toes.
  • Re-lace the shoes if you painted Keds.

{DIY photos & info from: google search}

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