Volume 94, Issue 27

Wednesday, October 18, 2000


OPINIONS

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter is disturbing


Re: Demonstrations offend some, Oct 13.

To the Editor:

It is very disturbing to me Jordan Glick, when you have to resort to distortion and misrepresentation of the truth to prove your point. Not once during the MSA protest did anyone say "Murdered viciously at the hands of tyrant Jewish soldiers," or anything to that effect for that matter.

The protest was clear and to the point. It was a means of raising awareness of the continuing bloodshed in the Mideast and was also a way for Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims alike, to show the Palestinian people that we sympathize with them.

Maher El-Abdallah
Computer Science III




Arnold lacks awareness


Re: Ed. cartoon, Oct 5.

To the Editor:

The editoral cartoon on Thursday Oct. 5, 2000 was appalling. Not only did it clearly illustrate a lack of understanding of the issue, but it also portrayed a negative image of women.

Coat hangers were historically used by women who were poor, alone and who had perhaps become pregnant through prostitution. It was not their choice and it often caused death. The decision to have an abortion is not an easy choice.

Whether it's a pill or surgical abortion, it is a traumatic experience. Until men and women equally participate in birth control and science includes men in its development of reproductive technology, women will be faced with the burden of unwanted pregnancies.

Aside from the social implications of this editorial cartoon, I'm also concerned about the impact it has on the integrity of The Gazette. It was not insightful, nor did it demonstrate any thoughtfulness given to the complimenting article.

The next time this artist makes a decision on his editorial comment, he should ask himself: Would I show this to a future employer? Or my family?

These are simple questions to ask when faced with choices regarding journalistic ethics. It does not mean that people need to agree with the particular spin, but it does mean that he should consider his level of professionalism.

Amy Daw
Honours Political Science III




Invisible queers burned out


Re: Where have all the gays gone?, Oct 13.

To the Editor:

I wonder if it was internalized homophobia that caused Matt Pearson to blame queers themselves for their own invisibility. I suggest that "burnout" rather than laziness causes many proud queers to expend their energy off campus.

u.w.OUT!, an active and vocal queer club, was met with homophobia from its beginning in 1992, until its demise in 1997. Within 24 hours, posters advertising club events were torn from campus bulletin boards and queer students were verbally abused when distributing flyers.

Over the years dedicated u.w.OUT! activists with gay, lesbian and bisexual issues commissioners, pressured administration to make available an accessible and safe student run office space for queers. However, the administration was unwilling to accommodate the needs of queers.

Eventually the Pride Library opened. However, despite being of much academic interest, it is no substitute for a student run space. The library itself has been embroiled in controversy. Some lesbians claim the library caters primarily to gay men, further marginalizing lesbians and other queer women.

A student directed space, where all types and genders of queers feel welcome, is desperately needed. Most large (and many small) universities have a room on campus where queer leaders can hold office hours. Without this space many queer students fight homophobia in isolation. I am offended by the suggestion that queer voices are silent due to lethargy alone.

Madeleine Wells
Physical Therapy I
Former u.w.OUT! President
Former Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues Commissioner





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