LSC Pornography Speaks to Issue of Free Choice
I was bothered by a number of things Therese Z. Henderson said in her letter ["LSC Porncom Ignores Community Spirit," Dec. 3]. The main and most flagrantly absurd of these statements is that by showing pornographic films LSC demonstrates that it "has no respect for the wishes of the MIT community."
The problem with this idea stems from something my brother has often said to me when I complained about something that I found offensive or just plain stupid. He said, "If you don't like it, you don't have to buy it." And the same is true here. If you don't choose to see such films, then you have every right to stay away. No one should make you watch such things against your will, and I highly doubt that LSC has any sort of conspiracy brewing to force unwilling participants to watch such films. However, you have no right to dictate the behavior of other human beings and no right to say that LSC can or cannot show particular films to other consenting adults.
The foundation of capitalism is the tenet that people will spend their money on the things that they choose to support and participate in. If the MIT community did not want to see pornographic films, then they would not attend such a showing, and if LSC gave a show and nobody came, they would surely not repeat this practice.
We are all adults at MIT, and we should be treated as such. And as adults, we have the right to act as we choose as long as we do not infringe on the rights of others. The members of this community have every right to watch such films and to show them to people who want to watch them, and no one has the right to stop them from doing this.
Aidan N. Low '98