Now comes a visiting professor of law from somewhere in the east who is offended. (Link from Tongue Tied.)
Erin Buzuvis, 29, who moved from Boston to Iowa City to begin teaching at the law school, said she and several friends, colleagues and neighbors have been concerned for months about the message behind the locker rooms. She said the locker room promotes negative stereotypes.Must be a real fun bunch to drink beers or play cards she hangs with.
Iowa's president, noting that some people have not taken too kindly to Professor Buzuvis taking her gripe public, has trouble sounding like a tough-talking sheriff.
What, a mandatory locker-room repainting party for mouthy miscreants? What ever happened to "We're going to smoke those jerks out of their sports bars and bring them to justice?" I suppose diplomacy ought be given its chance first.
University President David Skorton said Saturday that he is upset at the threats.
"It is deeply offensive and completely unacceptable that a spirited public discussion about the pink locker rooms at Kinnick Stadium has been degraded by threats of violence," Skorton said in a statement.
Skorton said the university "welcomes and open and civilized debate" on the issue.
"However, threats of violence will not be tolerated. For that reason, today I am asking the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the Department of Public Safety to review these threats and to take appropriate actions based on their findings," he said.
Buzuvis said she will raise the locker room issue Tuesday when a committee seeks public comment on a report it recently compiled on the university's compliance with NCAA regulations. The NCAA requires that each school investigate every five years to see if it is complying with NCAA rules. The locker room issue was not raised in the report. Gender equity apparently was one item on a list of topics for which the panel has solicited comments.But this series of quotes defies parody, as does the copy editing.
If you didn't have a plan to discuss pink locker rooms, why did you go to the NCAA with a gripe about pink locker rooms? And it really amuses to have these beneficiaries of sensitivity training, who model the proper behavior of saying "I'm offended" at the drop of a pink paintbrush, to suggest there is a climate of oppression out there.
"I did not wake up yesterday with a plan to discuss pink locker rooms," Buzuvis said Friday. "I don't want any more hate mail. This has got to stop."
Buzuvis has not contacted police over the threats.
"With a pink locker room, you're saying that 'You are a girlie man. You are weak, like a girl,'" Buzuvis said. "That implies that girls are nondominant, therefore, lesser. And that is offensive."
Law professor Jill Gaulding said the issue also is a sore spot among members of the women's hockey team, and she has heard similar complaints from others on campus and around town.
"This is an Iowa City issue," Gaulding said. "There are a lot of people out there who, if they felt safe saying so, would say that this has bugged them for years."