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225-Year-Old Harvard Club Breaks Silence On Why Women are Barred

225-Year-Old Harvard Club Breaks Silence On Why Women are Barred

After decades of remaining silent, the 225-year-old Porcellian Club at Harvard is finally offering an explanation on why women are banned from entering.

Speaking on behalf of the Porcellian Club, officer Charles M. Storey wrote in an email this week to the "Harvard Crimson" that women are banned for many reasons, including the fact that accepting female members could lead to higher rates of sexual assault.

"Given our policies, we are mystified as to why the current administration feels that forcing our club to accept female members would reduce the incidence of sexual assault on campus," Storey wrote. "Forcing single gender organizations to accept members of the opposite sex could potentially increase, not decrease the potential for sexual misconduct."

What does this mean? In simpler words, Storey argues the best way to ensure women aren't sexually assaulted by their club's members is to keep them far, far away.

The Porcellian Club boasts former members like President Theodore Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and more recently, the Winklevoss twins.

In an effort to integrate some of Harvard’s exclusive social clubs, the university also made public data showing female seniors who participated in such clubs was more likely to experience "nonconsensual sexual contact."

NEXT: Harvard students Michael Poku and Tara Hagan discuss gender equality »

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