Quote of the Day - My favorite color? I hate colors.
From now on, it will just be Floyd, not Pink Floyd. And you can forget that bumbling Inspector Clouseau (link has music), they'll be no more Pink Panther, either, thank you very much. And lawn decorations, that's a definite no go, as well. Corfu, Greece better get out a new can or two of paint. Professor Steve Pink should change his last name. Pretty in Pink just isn't very ducky anymore. Thank God the Pink Bloque has already shut down. Breast cancer? That's so ... pink, isn't it? Pink Practice, working with the LGBT community in London must be very confused.
You see, a recently added law professor at my alma mater has declared war on pink. Pink in men's locker rooms, that is. To be specific, pink in the visiting men's locker room at Kinnick Stadium, home of this year's somewhat lackluster Iowa football team.
I don't understand what the fuss is all about. Hayden Fry, famous Iowa football coach, also a psychology major, started the tradition of using pink in the visiting team's locker room because the color was soothing, and he thought it would help his team win. And win it did. But Assistant Professor Jill Gaulding thinks it's demeaning to women. When she appeared in front of a University committee, she said, "I want the locker room gone."
Perhaps it would have been helpful to Professor Gaulding if she had done some research first. Coach Fry has not been known as a friend of women. In one of his major faux paus, he mentioned to a newspaper reporter that when he was in college, he could find "any little dumpling to do his laundry." Although he later apologized for the statement, what wasn't reported in that last link is the support he received. Women across Iowa started wearing buttons that proclaimed, "I'm one of Hayden's little dumplings." Certainly an unprofessional and inappropriate statement, but equally surprising the amount of support it generated. As one blogger noted, "It's the Big Ten." We take our football very seriously. Outside of Iowa, she may have received some support. Unlikely she will be at any home games.
The crusading professor knows how to ask for cooperation (go to top of page 5), so perhaps that would have gone over better with Iowa fans. What's your vote?