Hazing—Not so Harmless

Hazing. When people do it, they might think they’re just putting new members through something to “earn their letters. It’s harmless.” Not. So. Much.

Every person is different and how they experience things is different. What might seem harmless might be quite dangerous depending on the person’s experiences.

Here’s an example—a wacky one at that—but you’ll get the idea: The New Member Coordinator wants to make the “newbies earn their letters” by completing some special tasks, so she devises a competition to test their true commitment to sisterhood. “Each new member has to eat 10 hot dogs in 5 minutes … OR ELSE!”

Hotdog Contest

As you can imagine, this might affect new members in varying ways.

Ummm … are those kosher?
01_Kosher_Mad Men

This is going to make me look like an idiot.
02_Idiot_Pirates

This makes me feel so anxious. 
Glass Case of Emotion
(I’m in a glass case of emotion!)

Uhhh, I have a gluten allergy.
05_Allergic_Hitch

This brings up some seriously bad memories of high school hazing.
06_Hazed in HS

You can’t be serious.
07_Vegan_Sheldon

Wait. What … does this have to do with being in a sorority?
03_Wait What_Glee

Here is more information on the hidden harm of hazing. It’s real, friends.

National Hazing Prevention Week 2013 was Sept. 23-27. To educate our members and others about hazing prevention, Zeta Tau Alpha developed lists (inspired by BuzzFeed) to highlight positive member experiences and combat hazing. While these lists might be funny, hazing is not a joke. Join ZTA to end hazing by doing the right thing, for the right reason, all the time.

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