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Fraternity parodies sorority videos with laughter and smiling, because only women do that
Apparently when men do what women do, it’s comedy
It’s easy to make fun of women for conforming to the societal standards to which they’ve become conditioned. For example, women are expected to wear makeup, and men often make fun of them for taking a long time to get ready.
The Harvard fraternity AEPi continued this tradition with a recruitment video mocking stereotypical sorority recruitment videos. There is lots of glitter and smiling and laughing in circles—because LOL, women, amirite?
It’s not that sorority recruitment videos aren’t ridiculous. Any five-minute promo asking the viewer to essentially join a friend group for an annual fee is going to be silly.
Rather, the problems here are that 1) men doing what women do isn’t inherently comedy and 2) your standard fraternity recruitment video is equally ridiculous.
For instance, look at the macho intensity of Theta Chi at FSU.
There’s also this faux-Reservoir Dogs video from Delta Chi at CCU.
And here’s a faux-Reservoir Dogs video from Sigma Pi.
And just look at the bros of Sigma Alpha.
If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s this: Sorority girls, get on the parody train! These guys are just begging for you to mock them.
Screengrab via Jacob Goldberg/YouTube
Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'