Two lawyers have called for Iowa to repaint its pink visitors football locker room. They claim it is “sexist,” “homophobic” and leaves the University potentially liable to a gender discrimination lawsuit.
Hayden Fry had the locker room painted in the 1980s. Iowa points to where Fry called it a “passive” color. The lawyers point to where Fry called it “a sissy color” fit for “girls’ bedrooms.”
“Most people understand the pink locker room as a taunt against the other team, calling them a bunch of ladies/girls/sissies/pansies/etc.,” according to an information sheet Gaulding and Gender Justice law partner Lisa Stratton distributed to the workshop attendees.
Gaulding’s handout quoted a passage from Fry’s autobiography where he said pink was a “passive” color and might put opponents in a passive mood. “Also, pink is often found in girls’ bedrooms, and because of that some consider it a sissy color,” according to a quote Gaulding said she took from Fry’s book.
The conception is offensive, though the number practically offended may be quite small. It just seems like a stupid tradition for a public university to make a stand over.
Iowa’s “passive” opponents won five of seven in Kinnick stadium last year. Perhaps, it is time for a fresh coat of paint.
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