A headline last Wednesday, “Sex Changes Just Got Easier!” was offensive as well as technically inaccurate. The headline has been changed to “MIT Reduces Paperwork for Gender Changes” on our website.
Headlines are not written by the bylined authors of articles, but by The Tech’s News Editors. We did not intend to offend or make light of the difficulties associated with sex and gender transitions.
We apologize. “Sex” refers to the physical characteristics of a body, but “gender” refers to a personal sense of identity. MIT’s policy changes had no effect on the ease of a sex reassignment, merely on the administrative difficulties of recording a gender change.
Sex reassignment and gender change are processes which are never “easy,” and to state that one got “easier” because of an administrative change diminishes the difficulty of the process.
— The Volume 129 News Editors