“Babies” (new members): Harmless or Harmful?

With formal recruitment completed for the majority of you, results from your NHQ seem to be filling our facebook newsfeed lately! It is fantastic to see that Greek life is still going strong; and I can’t be the astronomical numbers some of you are recruiting (AWESOME JOB!)! Due to the influx of new members, it seems that there has been an increase in the use of the term “baby” or “babies.”

Now that the term “pledge” is becoming less popular, it doesn’t surprise me that the use of “babies” has become somewhat of a replacement. Many organizations have publicly stated that members are NOT to refer to new members as “babies.” I completely understand and agree with the reasoning behind avoiding these terms. New members should be spoken highly of and built up, not belittled. I think there is definitely some empowerment provided by referring to these members as “women” instead of girls and babies. I can understand that many of those who use the term “baby” have more an endearing intention than a degrading one. However, it could become confusing for new members to see it that way.

So what do you think? Are you okay with the term or are you against it?!

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