Fight the Seal
Maybe things have changed since my day, Ms. Wang [“Progressing Toward Gender Bias,” April 2], but last time I checked the Ring Committee’s job is to design the class ring, not to redesign the MIT seal.
If you have a problem with the seal, then petition the administration to start a Seal Committee. I think you’re a tad cynical calling the Rat a “means for corporate profit” and saying you “can choose to not purchase what was designed within the patriarchal paradigm” merely because the seal has two men? What’s next? Calling the Declaration of Independence a sexist document meant to further the aims of the phallocracy through domination and reinforcement of traditional values because it says “All men are created equal” instead of people or men/women? Your ridiculous statements about the ring obscure the real issue, gender bias in the faculty. Fight the important battles first; otherwise you risk your voice and legitimacy among your peers fighting the lesser battles. If the seal bothers you (which is the issue you use the ring as a proxy for), then fight the seal.
Mostafa Sabet ’00