TO THE EDITOR:
Last Friday I was reading The Daily Tar Heel, and the kvetching board caught my eye. I was personally offended as both a woman and a UNC student. The edition is full of shameless sexist remarks which identify women as strippers, insult the state of women’s armpits and more. “Dear girl dancing while waiting outside our ANTH 280 class: You could make loads of money if you danced like that while taking your clothes off.”
This edition says something about both the students of UNC and the DTH. For my fellow students it represents UNC as a community where sexism is a widely accepted norm. The fact that this edition is dominated by sexism indicates that a significant part of the student body not only has sexist tendencies, but also considers them trivial and unproblematic, seeing as they submitted them to the kvetching board.
Also, last week’s kvetching board represents a failure on behalf of the DTH and its questionable editing. The DTH staff should understand its power as UNC’s primary publication, and recognize that by publishing these sexist remarks they are telling students that this language and oppressive ideology is alright, even laughable. The DTH should be using its power to promote more equalist philosophies. I suggest the UNC community reevaluate its lifestyle if the main complaints are women dancing outside of classrooms and homophobic reactions to men’s “short-shorts.”