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Corridor Condom Posters Were Offensive

On May 9 I found myself confronted by what I feel were offensive and publicly indecent flyers along the Infinite Corridor. The content of the flyers might be described as a public service announcement encouraging the use of condoms. In presenting this message, our benefactor chose to display a life size photograph of an erect penis.

I may or may not disagree with what you are saying, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it. This oft repeated phrase well expresses the nation's (as well as my own personal) notion of free speech. With that right comes responsibility. That responsibility was shirked by whatever individual or group decided the entire MIT community needed to see male genitalia.

I am not questioning the content of the message, nor do I question their right to express it. However, their right to express themselves has now infringed on my right to not be publicly confronted by sexually explicit material. I believe an apology is in order. At the very least, given their manner of presentation, I sincerely hope they will forego any flyers encouraging regular breast, prostrate, or cervical examinations.

Charles C. Hardy G