The Southern Sorority Girl espouses a particular expression of “ladylikeness” and barred from any alternative recital of femininity. The expectations for these Sorority Girls are quite specific and are shaped by notions of race, patriarchy, religion, and the traditional South.

The gendered performance of the Southern Sorority whose members are primarily White, upper middle class, Christian, heterosexual women is obvious despite being well rehearsed. Women are encouraged to be strong, intelligent, and proud while maintaining a highly prescribed idea of ladylikeness.

The performance for the camera pushes into another way of considering the Southern Sorority Girlʼs well-guarded myth. She assumes that she is always being looked over – and perhaps she is. The visual marking of members (Greek letters on her laptop and car, her monogram and certain manner of dress) allows her to be easily visible and places her firmly under the overt rules of the Sorority and the covert rules of girl talk.

The Southern Sorority explicitly and implicitly defines these young womenʼs recital of femininity.

This is about power and gender; this is about looking and being looked upon.