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The Tech Must Avoid Prejudicial Language

Last Thursday’s front-page article on residence selection among sororities [“Sorority Rush Goes Slowly This Year”] discusses the bid process in terms of “the number of girls who attend the rush parties.” MIT is in general not in the business of treating its students as children (developments of the past few years notwithstanding), and thus it puzzles me that your newspaper refers to fellow students as “girls” instead of adult women. Were the story discussing fraternities instead of sororities, I have some doubt that such a diminutive term would be applied. As a principal medium for the communication of MIT’s culture, The Tech has a responsibility to avoid language that promotes prejudices based on gender and age.

Matthew Belmonte
Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies