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Letters to the Editor

(The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to Associate Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey.)

In my time as a student here at MIT, there have been a number of occasions when people have complained about the content of party posters. Usually, the complaint has been that the posters in question depicted women in some way that the viewer found vaguely sexual or otherwise insensitive to the feelings of a group within the MIT community.

The other day, I was walking through the fourth floor of the Student Center, when I noticed the most blatantly offensive poster I have ever seen on this campus. It includes a cartoon of two naked women in what is described as "an arcane sexual position." This poster isn't just in bad taste; it is overtly obscene, according to every definition of the term I've found. Moreover, it was strategically placed on the outside of the Association for Women Students/Society of Women Engineers office, along the most direct route to the offices of several religious student groups.

I think it's reprehensible that a group like GAMIT -- which so loudly calls for more tolerance on campus -- would post something so deliberately inflammatory. If any fraternity had the gall to put a picture of a naked woman outside the AWS/SWE office, it would be crucified; and yet for some reason these people seem to think it's okay to do so themselves.

It is MIT's stated policy to encourage tolerance and sensitivity in the community; and this GAMIT poster is an obviously provocative violation of that policy. I have removed it.

Consequently, I would like to lodge a formal complaint against GAMIT for distributing this garbage. I trust that this behavior is not indicative of the MIT gay community's general attitude, and hope the officers of GAMIT will have the good grace to admit their mistake without making excuses.

Charles E. Roburn '92