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Coddling for women not needed here

To the Editor:

While clearly MIT has a responsibility to meet the needs of all its students, why is a special "staff associate for women students' interests" needed in the Dean's Office ["Women's post will be filled," Jan. 30]?

Perhaps it is also necessary to have a staff associate for men students' interests, a Cheney Room for men only, a newsletter for men at MIT, a bulletin board reserved for news about men, a men's independent living group, a men's studies program and research room, an MIT men's history week, and so on.

But I would prefer to think that neither women nor men at MIT need extra coddling or special privileges. Let's encourage the MIT administration to end its sexist policies and practices.

W.C. Roth G->