Thursday, September 29, 2005

Iowa's Pink Locker Rooms Have Some People Bent

                      Iowa visitor's locker room

A week or so ago...I wrote a blog entry for the TWO MINUTE WARNING BLOG about the fact that the visitor's locker rooms are pink.  It's been that way for many years...and is a psychological tool to tame the opponents.

Apparantly, people are bent about it.

We live in 2005 now...which means if someone doesn't like something...they have to piss and moan until they get their own way.  They have to take time out of their days to protest something completely meaningless in the grand scheme of life.  I just read this off of ESPN.com:

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"IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The pink visitors' locker room at the University of Iowa's stadium is making some people see red.

Several professors and students joined the call Tuesday for the athletic department to do away with the pink showers, carpeting and lockers, a decades-long Hawkeye football tradition.

Critics say the use of pink demeans women, perpetuates offensive stereotypes about women and homosexuality, and puts the university in the uncomfortable position of tacitly supporting those messages.

''I want the locker room gone,'' law school professor Jill Gaulding told a university committee studying the athletic department's compliance with NCAA standards, including gender equity.

For decades, visiting football teams playing at Kinnick Stadium have dressed and showered in the pink locker room. The tradition was started by former Iowa coach Hayden Fry, a psychology major who said pink had a calming and passive effect on people.

As part of the stadium's two-year, $88 million makeover, athletic officials took the former coach's interior decorating ideas to another level, splashing pink across the brick walls, shower floors and installing pink metal lockers, carpeting, sinks, showers and urinals.

The controversy gained momentum and media attention last week when a visiting law school professor told reporters she had received death threats after voicing objections on her Web site. "

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This is symbolic of everything I hate about people.  (A) People have too much time on their hands.  (B) I love that people that have nothing to do with this at all are the ones up in arms about this.  (C) In their attempt to "help the people harmed"...they actually are harmful themselves.

What I mean by that is the fact that they are mad that the "use of pink demeans women".  Um...how?  OH I GET IT!!  Women are the only ones that are allowed to use the color pink.  I forgot.  I'm so sorry.  When the color fairy went around to pass out colors.....women gained ownership of the color pink.  In fact, guys can't even use pink crayons.  There is this rapper named Camron that loves to wear pink.  Back in the day...Penn State's colors used to be pink.  That assessment they made is more sexist than the fact that the locker room in pink.  I'd call us insensitive men "pigs"...but pigs are pink and we can't have that, can we? 

                                 

If Iowa was calling them "women", they'd put in a tampon machine.  There would be popourri everywhere.  They'd tear out the urinals.   

Wait.  Guys apparantly are allowed to use pink.  Gay guys.  There take that it brings up stereotypes of homosexual men is both insulting and ridiculous.  If the U of Iowa really wanted to call their opponents gay...they'd throw up some posters of ripped dudes with no shirts on the walls. 

This is just plain loco.  I played basketball for my school...and one time we had to dress in the women's locker room.  It was pink.  And it was a lot nicer than the boiler rooms we would dress in at some on the other places we'd play.  All I know is that I better NEVER hear of a woman's locker room painted blue.  That is our color...and I hope we aren't demeaning men or placing a stereotype to homosexual women. 

1 comment:

remmy40 said...

That was awesome! I can't wait until the Rev. Jessie Jackson gets involved in this "noble" fight. Im sure that will bring it some credibility.