It's no secret that the events at ATO have sparked controversy and debate. The student in my class who was upset about the discussion could tell me that my perspective of the situation is biased, or that I can't fully understand it because I'm not a member of the Greek community. But something tells me that's not the issue here.
What frustrates me the most, and still often surprises me, is how much I am asked about how I could have been in a sorority when I am such a proud feminist. What so many people fail to realize is that I am a proud feminist because I was in a sorority. The two are not, and never have been, mutually exclusive.
Will you be the parent who has the "talk" with your child about hazing? Will you be the parent who tells your child that any form of hazing isn't okay, isn't "tradition," and isn't "just harmless fun?" Will you be the parent who prevents a tragedy from occurring to your kid... or someone else's... during those first few weeks of school?
The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.