AEPi must recognize its sexual discrimination
In Robert A. Rich '90's letter to the editor ["AEPi justifiably reorganized by national fraternity," May 1], he states that "any student who wishes to be a part of the [Alpha Epsilon Pi] traditions and ideals is considered for membership without discrimination." Apparently he is blind to the fact that his fraternity continues to exclude women from membership.
At the AEPi recruitment meeting on May 1, the AEPi regional representative, Andrew S. Borans, stated that "there are two things AEPi does not allow: hazing . . . and dope." Apparently he has forgotten that his fraternity does not allow women either.
At that same meeting, a Boston University AEPi member stated that getting AEPi brothers laid was part of the fraternity experience. Whether or not this was said in jest, both the statement and its acceptance by the other AEPi brothers present at the meeting constitute an avowed disrespect for women and a condoning of sexual abuse.
I am not opposed to the existence of single-sex, self-selected residences, nor to their being Institute-approved housing for freshmen, although this will no doubt be the subject of future debate. However, AEPi representatives have stated both in advertisements and at their recruitment meetings that they are primarily a social organization, rather than a residence as most MIT fraternities are. This leads me to believe that their discrimination on the basis of sex is purely founded on a hatred of women and must not be tolerated by the MIT community.
I feel that the male establishment of which I am a part has a moral duty to examine to what extent our male-only institutions deny women the equal opportunity they deserve. The case of AEPi is particular. I am extremely disappointed by the organizations' ignorance of their own participation in sexual discrimination, and their willingness to confront this important social issue.
It would be a tragedy if AEPi fails to acknowledge its place as part of the male-dominated American power structure, especially now as it has the opportunity to redefine its identity. I urge all prospective members of AEPi to evaluate their willingness to participate in an exclusionary and avowedly sexist social organization.
Olof Hellman G->