Letter from the Editor: Acknowledge and account for oversight in Liquid Latex review
Following the Justice’s publication of “Lots of Latex, limbs and laughs,” we received a great deal of feedback from the Brandeis community that drew our attention to one particular line in the otherwise positive review: “However, the moves from the models while on the catwalk more resembled those seen by girls in fraternity basements than the representation of each zodiacs [sic] characteristics.” This statement should have received greater scrutiny during the Justice’s initial editing process, and publishing it was a regrettable oversight.
While the Justice stands by the right of its opinion writers to express their subjective views — including those that may be negative or unpopular — this does not include views that put individuals down on the basis of their sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other identity. The aforementioned statement directed a level of sexist and prejudiced language at our fellow students, which the Justice does not condone, and we regret this error. The Justice strives to recognize insensitivities in our work prior to publication, and in unfortunate instances where we fail to do this, we aim to hold ourselves accountable and correct our oversights.
We would like to offer an apology to those inadvertently harmed by this statement.
In order to avoid such oversights in the future, the Justice is creating an additional round of edits to our Arts reviews. Each will now be edited twice by the Justice’s Arts editor before being looked over by a higher-ranking editor, a copy editor, and the Justice’s editor in chief. We hope that this additional level of scrutiny on Arts reviews will remove insensitive language while continuing to maintain the core opinions of our reviewers.
Justice staff and editors are student journalists, still learning and constantly reviewing and amending our practices. We appreciate our readers’ assistance and diligent feedback throughout this process. “Lots of Latex, limbs and laughs” has been updated on the Justice website to include an editor’s note expressing our regrets about this oversight, but we have not deleted the statement, as it is Justice policy not to remove content that is not factually incorrect. This is part of an endeavor to remain transparent and accountable by not erasing past errors from record.