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This past summer I read Pledged the Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins In this book Robbins goes undercover for a year observing four sophomores who are each in a different sorority Robbins describes what goes on behind the doors to the mysterious Greek house Most sorority girls do have some sort of an eating disorder because of the pressure put on them to be skinny For some houses it was not uncommon for the plumber to be there about once a month to clean out the pipe because they were filled with vomit This is one of the many devastating truths that Robbins brings to light Robbins is in no way saying do not enter in to a sorority she is merely telling people what to be aware of when rushing in the spring I think that Robbinss message to her readers is that it is crucial not to succumb to peer pressure Sororities have a huge amount of influence on the thoughts of the younger sisters If the girls in the sorority do not approve of something they will pressure the girls into doing things their way For instance one of the main characters Vicki had a boyfriend who was not a member of a fraternity so the girls insisted that she get rid of him so that she could date other fraternity boys It would be so much more fun for us if youd just break up with him p19 One of the girls complained that her boyfriend was ruining there fun out at the bars Vicki eventually dumped her boyfriend of two years and began flirting with William the president of Iota another fraternity This time the girls all approved of William and they all began to include her in their conversations It amazes me how people can be so easily manipulated when they are vulnerable and I think that is what Robbins is trying to declare that you have
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