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Women's world imbalanced

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to Georgia Nagle's letter, which appeared in The Tech on March 1. Her opinions are the kind that have kept women in chains for all of history. In particular, her belief that there are "God-given" roles for men and women shows that she has been successfully socialized into this sexually imbalanced world.

She fails to see that "the differences our Creator gave us" are more the construction of society than of a Deity. Moreover, those differences are not as innocuous as she would have us believe.

"The differing roles of life" to which Nagle refers have come to mean, in short, that women are responsible for children and love, while men are responsible for money and war.

Nagle believes that Mary Rowe and her followers, by trying to blur these roles, cause unrest between the sexes. If, in fact, it is the aim of Rowe to "blur" male and female roles, I applaud her efforts. (I don't however agree completely with her stand on pornography.)

Rowe's efforts are not responsible for the acrimony between the sexes. What causes the male-female conflicts is not women abandoning their roles, as Nagle claims. The cause is women rejecting their tradition roles in search of equality. Thus the unrest is a positive force and not one to be answered with quiet obedience.

Nagle seems to advertise chastity and modesty, bemoaning the fact that "the women of today seem not to have been taught the virtues of purity, chastity, and fidelity." Worse yet, the innocent pure suffer as a result of the immoral among us, claims Nagle.

This classification of women into categories of "pure"and "immoral" parallels the classic portrayal of women in film, mythology, and, perhaps, the male psyche as either angels or whores. These classifications are debilitating to every woman; why doesn't Nagle see that she has fallen in love with the chains that bind her?

Sharon E. Klotz '86->