Musing on Big Pink

by alphamonkey on December 5, 2007 · 2 comments

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Iowas pink locker roomLegal blogger Ann Althouse brought to light a rather strange and (in my ever so humble opinion) lawsuit yesterday: Former University of Iowa professor Jill Gaulding is suing the University under Title IX because the school has refused to re-paint the football stadium’s visitor locker room (which, as you can see in this image, is a tasteful muted pink deemed ‘dusty rose’ by the paint producer), which Gaulding claims constitutes institutionalized sexual discrimination, as the color conveys misogyny and homophobia.

Take a minute and swirl that around your glass for a second, folks: Pink in a locker room equates sexual discrimination.

Now, even if you’re going to completely disregard then-coach Hayden Fry’s stated motivation for choosing the color (Fry was a former psych student who’d read about pink’s calming effect in jail cells and the like), it’s pretty hard to argue with his further statements from his autobiography: “Most don’t notice it, but those that do are in trouble. . . . When I talk to an opposing coach before a game and he mentions the pink walls, I know I’ve got him. I can’t recall a coach who has stirred up a fuss about the color and then beat us.“.

It seems strange to me to claim that pink walls constitute sexual discrimination when the only people who could conceivably be upset by the walls are those players/coaches who are misogynistic or homophobic enough to think that the color matters in the slightest, but then again I have an inordinate love for Hello! Kitty and disco. So what do I know?

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  • Look Madge! I Soaked in it!

    I’d love to disagree with you just because you love Hello! Kitty and Disco – Yet I can’t.

    This seems eerily similar to the rant about the Taco Bell Chihuahua being a slam on hispanics. In both cases, you have to _accept_ a stereotype in order to believe the accusation of bigotry. When I grew up, we were taught that stereotypes were bad things. That wearing pink did _not_ mean you were gay, that not all blacks eat watermelon, that not all asians are smart, and some gay people actually _like_ football. It seems a shame that Ms. Gaulding didn’t get the memo

  • elkciN

    This kind of stuff always cracks me up.

    When people blow stuff out of proportion like this, it actually does more to hurt the cause than help.

    Also, I’d like to say that I don’t really think stereotypes or generalizations are necessarily bad, just the intent with which they are used. I mean, they exist because, in general, they are true. It’s when people start to think they are absolutes that we run into trouble.

    Only a Sith, yadda yadda.

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