Straight-only sorority floated at Smith College in Massachusetts

Sept. 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- An email by a student at the all-women Smith College in Massachusetts proposing an all-straight sorority has gone viral, school officials said.

The email, originally posted by another student who found it on a Tumblr blog, was purportedly from a straight student at Smith who said she felt "marginalized" by the homosexual community at Smith and proposed an "exclusive" chapter of Delta Gamma for straight women.

The writer proposes activities such as "sorority mixers with Amherst men, weekly dinner dates, weekly photo shoots where we would dress up nice [and] baking nights."

The message made headlines on multiple online news and gossip sites, USA Today said Wednesday, including Buzzfeed and Slate.

The message was roundly condemned at Smith with students gay and straight alike saying no such straight-only group would be accepted.

"Incidents of this type go against our understanding of what it means to be a community," student body President Augusta Gronquist wrote in a campus-wide email. "People in our community are hurting right now; many issues, a lot of which are unspoken or frequently ignored, have been raised and need our attention."

An attorney for the national Delta Gamma sorority said she was unaware of who wrote the original email but said the group does not support creating chapters that discriminate against potential members.

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