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LETTER

Tech Should Avoid ‘Subtle Sexist Phrasings’

I am quite distressed by recent sexist remarks present in The Tech. From trivialing comments about rape (in “The Crass Rat”) to degrading descriptions of women (in “Fun with Clip Art”), The Tech seems to support the notion of male domination at MIT.

On Tuesday, The Tech ran an article titled “Looking For a Few Good Men.” Without a doubt, the headline writer’s intent was not to entrench sexism at MIT. Yet the use of common expressions that reinforce the existence of a man’s world should not be casually overlooked. Subtle sexist phrasings not only reinforce male domination but also undercut the strength of the author’s arguments.

Language we use and how it affects the world in which we live. Please be more careful in the future.


Radha Iyengar ’02