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March 29, 2005
/ 18 Adar II, 5765
Harvard president agrees to wear dress for a year
Landmark deal, says Summers
In what he called "a landmark deal" with female faculty members, Harvard University president Lawrence Summers agreed today to wear a dress through the end of the 2005-6 academic year.
The embattled Harvard president, who created a ruckus when he seemed to question women's ability in the fields of math and science, said that he hoped wearing a dress would demonstrate that he was "trying to be more empathetic" to women's concerns.
Dressed in a stylish Chloe dress and looking somewhat unsteady in his Manolo Blahnik slingbacks, Mr. Summers appeared at a press conference looking very much like a man eager to put the recent brouhaha behind him.
After a journalist at today's press conference accused the Harvard president of caving in to pressure, Mr. Summers replied, "You wouldn't accuse me of being weak if I were a man."
But the so-called "Tootsie deal" is receiving mixed reviews from some at Harvard, such as classics professor Croughton Davies, who today said that forcing Mr. Summers to wear a dress for a year "blurs the line between disciplinary action and fraternity hazing."
"I'm not sure if being president of Harvard is worth a tinker's dam if it means vamping around Harvard Yard like some sort of Ivy League tranny," Professor Davies said. "Larry Summers wasn't a bad-looking man, but he is one absolutely hideous woman."
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