If Sally Jenkins worries that she will be "drummed out of the gender" for saying "Let Augusta Stay Men Only" [Sports, Oct. 19], I shudder to think what's in store for any man who shares her view.

That's what is so reckless about Martha Burk's dogmatic campaign to force Augusta National Golf Club to accept her demands: the assumption that anyone who disagrees isn't simply wrong but that they deserve scorn. What's worse is that Ms. Burk is using this moral coercion to try to undermine fundamental rights that we all enjoy, such as free association and privacy. My right to enjoy my men's bowling league is the same as my daughter's to attend a women's college.

TIM CRALEY

Washington

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How would people react if Augusta National tried to block the memberships of blacks, Asians or Jews? Because the discrimination is against women, it is okay?

Discrimination on any basis is wrong, especially when it is directed at more than 51 percent of the population.

I know some female golfers who -- especially since the average age of Augusta National members is over 60 -- would be great competitors at Augusta.

If Augusta wants to be private, let it. But we shouldn't support it. Take the Masters off the PGA Tour. If the top male golfers want to play there, let them do so on their own time and on their own dime.

CAREY ARMSTRONG

Arlington

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Sally Jenkins is wrong. Gains that women have made have not come because people sat on the sidelines. They got in the game.

I have always credited my more senior female colleagues with paving the way for me. Yet not that long ago I still got asked such questions as "Do you type?" (I have an MBA.)

The policy at Augusta is wrong. Probably not many women want to be part of that men's club, but a few brave souls are stepping up to the tee and driving for us all.

When the new female members of Augusta finally get their time to play, it will be like a hole in one. And Ms. Jenkins will still be looking on from the gallery.

JANE MAHAFFIE

Washington

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As a married, professional woman, I have no qualm about men having a club of their own, where they can enjoy the company of other men. I have enjoyed an all-female book club, a women's gym and even the occasional night in front of a Lifetime movie.

My husband feels no burning exclusion on these occasions, and, yes, I am pleased when he joins his pals for an occasional "guys' night out."

Those clamoring to make everything public or to create a unisex world need some common-sense advice: Give it a rest.

PATRICIA MEAGHER

Alexandria