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Discrimination Exists In Many Areas

Andrew Thomas wrote [“Discrimination,” Nov. 19] comparing the membership practices of Augusta to the dearth of female faculty members at the Institute. The latter is a legitimate concern while the former is not. I do not, for example, see Mr. Thomas railing against the all-male fraternities (one of which I was a member of during my time) or the all-female sororities. Heck, he seems to have no problem that one of the nicest dorms at MIT, McCormick, is reserved solely for females (I put it at the top of my dorm selection list and, sadly, I didn’t get in). Why not start a cause against female-only universities, like Wellesley, which receive federal tax dollars in the form of scholarships and other federal subsidies (something Augusta does not receive)? I understand that Wellesley and many other women’s colleges were founded in an age when female college enrollment was disgustingly low and were a necessity to bring gender equity in education. However, this mission has been met. According to the United States Census, in each year since 1982 more American women than men have received bachelor’s degrees. Thomas is surely not implying that golf is more important than higher education?

Just like some women enjoy having women’s only gyms to work out in, some men enjoy having a club to go to to escape from their wives, girlfriends and/or daughters so they can make talk about sports or the Victoria’s Secret show, or crack the occasional fart joke without getting a dirty look. Not that these subjects necessarily preclude the presence of women, but sometimes it’s nice to hang out with “just the guys.” Also, there are many women-only golf courses that are quite beautiful and lush. Confusing a private club’s membership requirements and the shameful faculty hiring process at the ’Tute only serves to distract and diminish from important causes.

I have a discrimination cause for Andrew. Almost every adult male citizen has done it and women have not. Register for the draft.

Mostafa Sabet ’00