knew it was coming. If you didnâ€™t, you should have. College kids are
generally our most unobstructed and free-thinking minds, what with all
of the exposure to new people, theories, knowledge, and such. But
somebody at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, didnâ€™t get the memo and instead dreamt up the concept of a sorority strictly for straight people.
An email originally posted by an anonymous student on Tumblr -- which
has since been stripped off -- invited classmates to join her in creating an â€śexclusiveâ€ť chapter of Delta Gamma specifically for the schoolâ€™s piteously underserved and marginalized straight girls.
Because there just arenâ€™t enough organizations in the world for heteros
to dominate. Except, like, almost every organization thatâ€™s ever been
Teen and just-barely-20-something girls need an excuse
to be cliquish like Miley Cyrus needs a reason to twerk. But this one is
especially petty and superficial since 1) a gal with the passion to
attend an all-womenâ€™s liberal arts college would ostensibly be pro-all
women, and 2) burgeoning clubs and activities for the LGBT community
pose absolutely no threat to straight folks whatsoever. You know, like
the institution of a Black or Asian or Latino Student Union doesnâ€™t make
anybody else any less white.
Also, itâ€™s the school Gloria Steinem went to. I mean, come on. Do better just because.
Delta Gamma officials have denied knowledge of any such chapter
and certainly havenâ€™t thrown any kind of public support behind the
idea. In other words, taint gonna happen far as theyâ€™re concerned. So
the mystery emailerâ€™s hopes of creating a schedule of planned activities
just for straight girls, like "sorority mixers with Amherst men, weekly
dinner dates, weekly photo shoots where we would dress up nice [and]
baking nights," are apparently dashed. Sounds like a tidy little
flashback to the 1940s anyway, which may explain her paranoia in the
But if homegirl wouldâ€™ve done her research, she wouldâ€™ve known that
Smithâ€™s campus doesnâ€™t have any sororities at all and the SGA doesnâ€™t
charter exclusive organizations. Meaning exclusionary clubs like the one
she proposed would never get the approval to launch, much less enjoy a groundswell of membership.
Whether school administrators track down her IP address for good
measure or let the incident slide with a shake of the head, the emailer
will probably manage to out her own self some kind of way since she
feels so much like sister outsider in what is, according to her, a flood
of lesbians on the Smith campus. You know intolerance tends to
percolate and spill over fairly easily. Letâ€™s wait her out.
Is the suggestion of an all-straight sorority totally out of line?