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LSC Porncom Ignores Community Spirit

The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to the Lecture Series Committee Chairman-elect Christopher C. Marchant '98 and LSC Publicity Director Joseph T. Foley '98:

LSC Pornography Committee: Your comment that "pornography might do well" ["LSC Pornography Committee Considers Showing Erotic Films," Nov. 26] seems to imply that a decrease in the coffers of the LSC is a good enough argument to begin showing pornographic films again after your voluntary ban during the last few years. I am very surprised that you would think it was okay to begin showing pornographic movies again.

I think that LSC's willingness to consider showing pornographic films shows that LSC has no respect for the wishes of the MIT community - in particular for the women's groups who protested the pornography in the first place and the MIT policy on showing pornographic films. The thought of showing such films again demonstrates no memory of why the ban was created - to decry the demeaning of women and violence toward women that takes place in many pornographic films. I think you should come up with some other methods of increasing your funds.

We are supposed to be working as a community to make MIT a place where people (that means women and men) feel respected, appreciated, and valued. I do not think that showing pornographic movies on campus is any way to achieve that goal.

Therese Z. Henderson