Photo of Snow Phallus Inappropriate

Letter to the Editors

To the editors:

I write regarding the photograph in Tuesday’s paper (Photo, “Winter Wonder,” Feb. 11) of the giant snow penis, complete with testicles and a vein. Why did the Crimson—a newspaper that considers itself professional—include a picture of the penis? It is entirely inappropriate for students, faculty, administrators and alumni to open the paper and see this picture. Yet, the picture is nowhere to be found online. Why? Would you worry that more people would see it and also find it offensive if it were online?

Today people were talking about this snow “sculpture,” for lack of a better word, and while some people found it highly offensive and destroyed it as soon as its builders left, I did not have a large problem with its being built. However, I do have a problem with the Crimson feeling that it is justified in printing this. What if there were another sculpture in the Yard—unmistakably a vagina. Would you print that? I think not. You would probably hear many more complaints about a large vagina covering the top corner of one of the Crimson pages if you did so.

I hope that in the future you will not print such an immature item.

Thank you for your time.

Ellenor J. Honig ’04

Feb. 11, 2003