Ladies of Pi Nappa Kappa and Chi Zeta Theta Sororities are receiving various mentions on the internet as these groups of ladies are establishing themselves as unified sororities because they feel their needs aren’t being catered to in the mainstream culture. Pi Nappa Kappa are ladies that all embrace natural hair and feel that they need to group themselves together and support each other during their journey of natural hair. This is understandable because some women don’t know how to transition from permed tresses to natural hair.
But do you need to pay a group of women you don’t know to help you support and understand you hair? Are black women severely struggling with identity issues?
Then you have Chi Zeta Theta which is a group of ladies who support each other based on their size. It is considered a full-figured sorority and just like Pi Nappa Kappa they require yearly fees and operate like a traditional sorority. It is more understandable why some larger women would need more support, but even so, again, would you pay to be comforted by people who share the same insecurities as you?
“What about traditional sororities aren’t they the same thing?” Not really. I would not join a sorority based on my size or hair because those things can change. I can cut my hair and I can lose weight, but the person I am and my intentions rarely change so I want to ask are black women this insecure? The answer is yes but look at the circumstances. Black women in media are stereotyped and made a mockery of all the time. Some of those women purposely put themselves in that position while others are too naive to realize they are being made fun of.
Do black women need these “vain” sororities? I call them vain because they are based on looks and looks alone. If I did not have wear my hair natural I could not join the Pi Nappa Kappa sorority and if I don’t wear a size 24 dress I can’t pledge Chi Zeta Theta so within their insecurities they are creating a certain unrealistic identity and purposely separating themselves to make themselves feel better. I think this needs to be addressed because it seems catty.
Having natural hair doesn’t make you better than women who perm their hair and being more curvy doesn’t make you any more desirable than thinner women. Black women are having an identity crisis and it’s unfolding in front of our eyes. What can we do as a whole to heal each other?