Tech coverage is biased toward's men's sports
We are a group of women athletes at MIT representing four intercollegiate teams: crew, softball, rugby, and lacrosse. We believe many members of the MIT community share our interest in women's athletics.
In following The Tech's coverage of sports at MIT, we have noted a strong bias towards men's athletics. While no issues of The Tech have extensive or even equal coverage of women's athletics, some issues make no mention of them at all.
Examination of two recent issues of The Tech illustrates our point. On April 7 there was an article about women's softball which was written by a former member of the softball team. There was no other coverage of women's athletics. Does a women's team need to have a representative on The Tech to receive coverage? Is that good enough? It may not be. Recently, a member of the women's crew team wrote an article on their race against University of Rhode Island, Connecticut College, and State University of New York-Albany. Although the article was submitted before the deadline, it did not appear in The Tech. Granted, space in The Tech is limited. Nevertheless, we believe that a women's event should be covered for every men's event that is covered.
The uninformed reader may argue that there are not as many women's events to cover. It is certainly not the reader's fault that he/she is unaware of the variety and quantity of women's events that occur in a given week, because The Tech does not tell him/her about them. For example, the April 7 issue of The Tech failed to mention the women's lacrosse or the women's rugby games that were scheduled for Saturday in its list of Upcoming Home Events. The rugby game was not included in the listing despite the fact that the captain of the rugby team called The Tech to inform them of it. These two sports are routinely overlooked in the Upcoming Home Events. Why do these oversights occur?
Perhaps The Tech justifies it by saying that they do not have the time or space to cover club sports. If this is the case, then there should have been no coverage of the pre-varsity football team. Of course, as it was shown in the example above regarding the crew team, the problem is not with club sports versus varsity sports, but rather with men's sports versus women's sports.
We suggest that future issues of The Tech devote less space to photos of men's athletics (the last two issues had a total of five pictures of baseball and four pictures of men's lacrosse, but no pictures of any women's sports) so that they can include articles and photos of women's athletics. Of course the first step is to send reporters to cover the women's events.
The female athletes at MIT are as committed to their sports as their male counterparts. Win or lose, this devotion deserves the same recognition that men's teams receive.
Elizabeth Turtle '89->
Paula Ferguson '90->
Michelle Duso '91->
Lori Hart '90->
Allie Bereny '90->
(Editor's note: The events featured in the Upcoming Home Events box are limited to varsity sports which are included in the official MIT schedule released by the Sports Information Office. Women's lacrosse and women's rugby are club sports.
The crew article mentioned in the letter was received before deadline and should have been printed. Due to confusion with another crew article which ran in the same issue, the story on the women's crew race was overlooked.)