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Single-Sex Institutions Afford a Full Experience

I write in response to the column by Stacey E. Blau '98 ["Hypocritical Fraternities Embarrass MIT" Feb. 25]. I'm a Wellesley College alumna who is married to a brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon from MIT's Class of 1984. We did not know each other in college, and I was not a part of the MIT fraternity scene. However, since we have met, I have come to know, respect, and care about a community of his fraternity brothers who are a daily part of our lives.

As a feminist historian dedicated to the equitable treatment of both men and women, I remain convinced of the value of single-sex institutions. For my husband, Deke has afforded him rich and life-long relationships with other men. For me, single-sex boarding school and college have proven terrific preparation for personal and professional achievement as well as sources of important relationships.

Abuse, harassment, and cruelty should never be tolerated. The diversity and community fostered by institutions like MIT (and its fraternity system) should be celebrated.

Jennie LaMonte