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Sunday, August 14th, 2005
2:27 pm
[bellevue_73]
COS HAS MOVED!!!!
The COS forum is now located at the following address:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SisterlyBond/

This forum here at Livejournal will remain open...However, the forum will be continued and moderated from this point over at the Yahoo site.

I apologize for the inconvenience!
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
7:02 pm
[bellevue_73]
"The Fraternity Idea Among College Women: What Does It Stand For?"
Here's another article that addresses the significance of "women's fraternities". The article is dated (from 1912), and it seems that the writer, while being objective in her observations, does not speak very favorably of such circles. I'm sure that those of you who belong to such groups will have much to comment on in regards to her viewpoint:

http://home.mtholyoke.edu/~dalbino/books/text/frat1.html

However, in looking at what she's saying (from the context of addressing the significance of building a strong sisterhood in such groups), do you feel that she is hitting home on the real purpose of such groups? Or is she missing the focus in not recognizing these organizations' success in creating a true sisterhood between its members? How do you feel about her essay?

(and here's a second part to this essay):

http://home.mtholyoke.edu/~dalbino/books/text/frat2.html
6:58 pm
[bellevue_73]
Examining Girls' Attitudes Towards Friendships in Schools
This thread addresses typical behaviors within girls' friendships groups vs. boys' friendship groups' in a school setting. I suppose a lot of what's examined here still holds true for college women and maybe even adult women (although the older group of females I suppose would be somewhat more mature):

http://creict.homerton.cam.ac.uk/transfer/friend_topic4.htm
6:47 pm
[bellevue_73]
"Pant's Sisterhood Redefines Girls' Friendships"
Here's an article about the recent books/movie called "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (of which I haven't seen or read yet - especially because I thought it would be more of a mockery of sisterhoods instead of a sincere examination of girls' friendships): In reading this article, it seems that this story may be well worth reading and seeing:

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Jun/03/en/en17a.html

If any of you have seen the movie/read the book, then what do you think about this story? Do the friendships presented in this story show some truths about what you've personally experienced within your circle of female friends?
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
11:37 pm
[bellevue_73]
How Girls and Women Clique Together
OK, I'm gonna try to get this board talking, about the key behavioral characteristics that I think is very natural, normal, and typical for females - especially when they seek to unite with other females.

I'm not a psychologist of females, but I think this is something that we rarely think about, especially in understanding why other females would seek to be friends with us (and vice versa). But let's think specifically about our teen years, our college years, and our adult years (I think I'm older than most of you all here, I'm in my thirties, and from what I've seen, even though women tend to be more mature once they reach their late twenties, thirties, and forties, I think they still tend to befriend females in a very similar way in which younger females do). Here are some questions for us to think about:

1) When you were in high school, did you feel the need to be close friends with another female? If so, then what type of girl did you tend to prefer to have as a friend? Were your high school girlfriends very similar to the types of female friends you have/had in college and in adult life? What was the draw that motivated you and your high school girlfriends to bond?

2) In college (since you all are in college sororities, I never joined one), did you find that the women who belonged to your group were already very similar in behavior and personality to how you are? I guess what I'm getting at is this: Does it seem that even college-age women tend to seek out friendships with other females who are very similar to them in physical features, interests, and other key factors that they personally identify with?
Do your sisterhoods define themselves as an entity that exists based on certain ideals that *would* draw a certain group of females together?

3) (For those of you who are adults and are no longer in college), do you have female friends now, especially new ones that you've met since graduation? Did you befriend these women based on the same reasons in which you made female friends in high school and in college? OR, is your core female friend-base restricted to women who belong to your sisterhood?
Friday, July 15th, 2005
12:30 pm
[bellevue_73]
My Introduction
1) Your name (either real or a "handle"): My handle is "Bellevue"

2) Your Affiliation: I belong to an online-based sisterhood, known as "The Topaz Club" (or "TTC")

3) Why Did You Join COS?: I created this forum

4) What Would You Like to Gain from being a part of this forum?: Since I am the Founder of The Topaz Club, I feel that part of my managing my sisterhood involves educating myself about the entire concept of sisterhood, for what it should be idealistically and what is is realistically. So, what I hope to gain is a broader and even a more in-depth understanding of the nature of such organizations, with the hopes of becoming an even more efficient director of my own group.

5) What is Your Definition of Sisterhood?: A "sisterhood" is a defined circle of women who have come together to share some interests, goals, and other similarities that they have in common with each other. A "sisterhood" [idealistically] involves unconditional friendship and love between its members, and it involves creating a sense of family within that circle.

6) What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Belonging to a Sisterhood?: Generally speaking, the one main advantage of belonging to such a group is that the members of that group will network and create special friendships with others who are like them. The main disadvantage is that they will have to deal with each other's individual personality flaws and with our "lowness" in being female (i.e. the bitchiness, the catty personalities, the jealous/envious types of sisters, the gossip, etc.)

7) Has Your Involvement in A Sisterhood been Rewarding for You?: Well, to speak from my experience in belonging to TTC, I have to say that it has been nothing more than addictive to me! TTC is a fun group, but we also have had to deal with good and bad stuff that has gone on in our circle. TTC is totally ME, in identity racially, ethnically, in personality. The other sisters there agree that TTC is a sorely-needed group, because otherwise, we would have never met, and we would have had no where outside of our circle to connect with likewise members. So, for me, it's not so much a question of it being rewarding, but something of a need in my life that is being fufilled. I love her with all my heart. And with me being the Founder, I'm the BADDEST sister of them all!!!! ;->

Current Mood: pleased
12:17 am
[lady_caitie]
1) Your name (either real or a "handle"): Caitlin "Caitie"

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional): I'm a proud member of Delta Delta Delta, Canada Alpha Chapter, at the University of Toronto

3) Why you joined COS: I joined tridelta because I was looking for a place to belong on such a huge campus. In the years since joining, tridelta has become my home away from home.

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum: I would love to meet people from all over not just at my school.

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? Always having people there for you no matter what in good times and in bad, lifetime friendship

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood? Advantages: Meeting friends in which you will have a lifetime bond with. Disadvantages: unsisterly conduct

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you?: Being a member of tridelta has done so much for my self confidence in so many ways. It has helped me become a much more condifent person
Thursday, July 14th, 2005
11:41 am
[luxie_lisbon]
Hi Everyone!
1) Your name (either real or a "handle"): Megan

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional): I'm proudly a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Theta chapter at the University of Idaho.

3) Why you joined COS: A lot of times, sororities can become really judgemental and hateful of each other, and that's not why we're here. The Greek System serves as a pathway to make friends, not hate people.

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum: I'd like to know more lovely ladies from all over, not just my school or my sorority.

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? Unconditional love, understanding, loyalty, commitment, honesty, honor.

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood? Advantages: Having a "different" kind of bond with a group of women. Disadvantages: People do not fully comprehend what this means.

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you?: Of course. Being an Alpha Gam is something that will (and has) impacted my life for the better.

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, July 11th, 2005
7:11 pm
[brightillusions]
Hi!
1) Your name (either real or a "handle") Jane.

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional) I am a proud member of Alpha Xi Delta, the Gamma Epsilon chapter at Fresno State.

3) Why you joined COS I'm all for encouraging bonds between women that strengthen our love for each other and help us grow. Women are faced with challenges that make us enemies to each other for no reason. If we could lvie together and learn about each other, that might change.

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum Fullfill the missing sisterhood in my life since I've gone alum. I'd like to give others that are like me the chance to continue that as well.

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? If you belong to a sisterhood, then do you feel that your sisterhood takes measures to develop and strengthen the bonds between its members? If so, then how? My definition of sisterhood is the person that loves you and supports you regardless of what you do or how you feel or how you look. It is somethign you can fall back on, smile with and celebrate with. It is the bond that I share with my sisters that has gotten me through so much hard times. My sisterhood works together through ceremonies, special sisters only moments were we can get everything off of our chests with no repercussions, along with retreats and things like ice cream socials to spend important time with each other.

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood? You have a lifelong connection with women with the same interests and goals. At the same time those women are varied and diverse. Disadvantages include drama and petty actions. The stuff you would expect with a bunch of girls. People chosing sides and wanting positions of power just to look good instead of bettering the whole sorority.

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you? Oh the best experience of my life. Having my sisters at my bedside when I was in the hospital, having them hug me tight when my fiance called it off, having them standing in the bleachers when I got my diploma. Knowing a friendly ear was just outside my door in the hall. Ice cream and slurpee runs, party fumbles and boy trouble. I will never forget the life I led in my sorority and I miss it terribly.

Sorry for the ramble. Sisterhood and sorority means so very much to me. =)
9:15 pm
[jdmrosa]
1) Your name (either real or a "handle")
Jenna

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional)
Sigma Psi, Case Western Reserve University...we're local and were founded in 1897 :-)

3) Why you joined COS
It seems like it could be an interesting forum to talk about sisterhood - an abstract topic that really has a lot of levels but is very important to me

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum
Hearing others' perspectives about sisterhood and sharing new ideas with my sisters

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? If you belong to a sisterhood, then do you feel that your sisterhood takes measures to develop and strengthen the bonds between its members? If so, then how?
Sisterhood is a bond that goes beyond college. When I think of my sisters, they truly are family to me, and I know they'll always love me for who I am, no matter what, and they're always looking out for my best interests.

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood?
Well, just like real sisters, everyone doesn't always get along, but that happens everywhere in life. And the benefits are endless, but you get more out of it if you put more in.

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you?
Definitely. I've learned to work with so many different types of people, which is a skill you definitely need in the real world. It's been a support system for me since I go to school 700 miles away from home. Plus, most of my best memories of college so far have been related to my sisterhood. :-)

Current Mood: chipper
12:15 pm
[sparklingfaerie]
Lil intro...
1) Your name (either real or a "handle") Bekah

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional) Phi Mu Fraternity for Women, Theta Theta chapter at Columbus State University; Sigma Alpha Iota (music)

3) Why you joined COS: To learn other's ideas on Sisterhood and to better define my own to, in turn, strengthen my chapter's bond

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum: basically for the same reasons listed in #3

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? If you belong to a sisterhood, then do you feel that your sisterhood takes measures to develop and strengthen the bonds between its members? If so, then how?: haha...one of our Sisters said "sisterhood is...a 'hood of sisters!"... and I kind of have to agree with her, even though she's being silly. We're different people from different places and we've come together to form a community (or neighborhood) and we help eachother like neighbors do, but like "homies from the hood"...we're loyal and we've got eachother's backs, yo. j/k A sister is a best friend, only bester...with unconditional love and honesty.

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood?: From a "monetary" value- the netowrking and contacts are AMAZING. But from a sappy view, I love knowing that I will always have something to do and someone to do with. It's a great way to meet new people in a new place and be bonded with strangers who you've just met. It's a unifying thing to own these letters. I'm glad to have affiliated myself with an organization that stands for such great values and with the incredible women that make up our bond.

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you?: completely. I used to really hate myself and I actually thought that I was unworthy of friendship and love. Then I went to college and a Phi Mu encouraged me to Rush- I'm now very outgoing and I love life and I can talk to people- my life has done a total 180 socially. And it's also been good because my Sisters helped me settle into a new school and city and upholding Phi Mu's standards have made me a better person (by living the creed of Love, Honor, Truth) and it's kept my grades up!!


yeah...so I talk a lot! haha! yay for Sisters!
8:30 am
[scotchgodiva]
1) Your name (either real or a "handle") - brittany

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional) - sigma delta tau, FMLA, social change for womyn

3) Why you joined COS - seems like a great new community

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum - good dialogue

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? If you belong to a sisterhood, then do you feel that your sisterhood takes measures to develop and strengthen the bonds between its members? If so, then how? - to me, "sisterhood" ought to be synonymous with unity and support... i feel that most sisterhoods attempt to strengthen bonds, however these efforts are not always successful, or frequently successful at only a superficial level

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood? well, i default to advantages and disadvantages of having an actual sister... unconditional love and unparalleled frustration :)

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you? yes
Sunday, July 10th, 2005
9:09 pm
[bellevue_73]
New Community - Introductions!
Welcome! This is the new Livejournal community and forum known as "Concepts of Sisterhood". In the hopes that the forum will be a success, I ask that you introduce yourself upon joining it.

Also, in order to initiate discourse here at COS, please share a little bit of information about yourself:

1) Your name (either real or a "handle")

2) Your affiliation (with a women's group, if you belong to one - this is optional)

3) Why you joined COS

4) What you would like to gain from participating in this forum

5) What is your own definition of "sisterhood"? If you belong to a sisterhood, then do you feel that your sisterhood takes measures to develop and strengthen the bonds between its members? If so, then how?

6) What are some of the advantages and disadvantages in belonging to a sisterhood?

7) Do you feel that your having been involved in such a circle has been rewarding for you?
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