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As members of the Association for Women Students, we condemn the recent Baker "Sex Goddess" competition ["Double standard exists for fraternities," April 24]. Such a competition clearly degrades women by promoting the view that they are sexual objects and may be used as such. Women must not be judged on their ability to lick whipped cream off a cucumber or any other similar "talent." We commend the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega for bringing this incident into the public forum.

These brothers, however, are of the opinion that the competition was not condemned earlier because it was not held by a fraternity. We question this opinion. The Baker event was, after all, a private function. As such, Baker made a great effort to keep it concealed from the public eye. While this does not excuse the event's blatant sexism, it does account for the fact that the competition was not publicly condemned. Many concerned people were simply unaware of it's occurrence. In contrast, ATO's recent "Heaven and Hell" T-shirts and party were widely publicized. The shirts were worn around the Institute, and posters advertised the event.

ATO's concern about a double standard for fraternities detracts from its condemnation of Baker. We would rather our sisters avoided both participation in the "Sex Goddess" competition and wearing "Heaven and Hell" shirts. One offensive act can never excuse or diminish another.

AWS condemns, and will continue to condemn, any and all acts which subjugate or degrade women.

Mary Baxter '93->

Lissy Groginsky '93->

Rebecca Kaplan '92->

Association for Women Students->