Iowa: Lawyers Call For Hawkeyes To Repaint Pink Visitors Locker Room

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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