One Maryland sorority has put itself on the map after a letter written by one of the sisters went viral this week on the Internet.
While sororities are usually viewed as sisterhoods that promote community and values to girls while attending college, a recent sorority letter has revealed a darker side to Greek life. The letter, which is riddled with profanity, has served as a shock to many, although others say that they're not all that "surprised."
The letter, written by a University of Maryland student to girls in the Delta Gamma sorority, regarded the sorority's recent interaction with a fraternity that they were supposed to be matched to. It criticized many of the sorority's sisters for being "awkward" and "boring."
"If you just opened this like I told you to, tie yourself down to whatever chair you're sitting in, because this email is going to be a rough f****** ride," the note, which was first published by Gawker, read.
The letter contains the "f-word" 41 times, and severely degrades the girls in the sorority for not making themselves appear more interesting to male members in the chosen frat.
"FRATS DON'T LIKE BORING SORORITIES," the letter reads, going on to call those girls who do not understand that "idiots." In another section the girls are also referred to as "stupid [expletive]."
Such harsh words and criticisms by a fellow "sister" have been deemed shocking by the many people on the Internet who have now read the letter. But others say that such behavior is not all that surprising.
"The surprising part of all of this is not that this girl wrote these things, it's that so many people are surprised by this," one person wrote on the Daily News blog. "I've been an advisor for a fraternity for about 15 yrs now and I assure you that the girls in sororities and in college in general are raunchier and more foul-mouthed than most of the guys."
The letter has since gone viral and even Hollywood has gotten involved. Actor Michael Shannon has carried out a reading of it, which was featured on "Funny or Die."