How Greek Is She?: A Study Of The Stereotypical Gr Essay

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How Greek is She?: A Study of the Stereotypical Greek Female Abstract The objective of this study is to explore the stereotypes held by college students in regards to the traits that they believe have a significant commonality amongst college females involved in sororities. It was predicted that the most common stereotype the subjects would have about what traits the females involved in sororities would possess would be: blonde hair, and a skinny body type. Information was gathered through a survey given to 94 random college-age male and female students across the country. The participants were shown images of women depicting various test traits, and asked to rate the likelihood that the woman in the image was involved in a sorority. The survey results were expected to yield significant data that supported the notion that most college students believe that blonde hair and a skinny body-type are common traits amongst women who belong to sororities. Keywords: stereotypes, college, students, traits, female, sorority. How Greek is She? A Study of the Stereotypical Greek Female Greek life plays a large role in college campuses across the United States, and many college students are involved in the Greek system, however not all students have a positive view of sororities and fraternities. Stereotypes of Greek students range anywhere from all-inclusive contributing members of society to skinny blonde snobby girls and athletic party boys. In 2007 the Delta Zeta chapter at DePauw University purged 23 of the 35 members based mainly on looks and social image (Adler, 2007, pp. 47). This purge embodied the negative stereotype many people see when looking at sororities. Support for these negative stereotypes was shown in Beirnat, Vescio and Green’s selective self-stereotyping study, where University of Florida students were asked to rate attributes associated

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