Tuesday, April 29, 2003

"There's been a murder. Round up the usual coalitions." 

The end of the school year is upon us, and after many years I've simply concluded that this, the last week before finals, is loony week at any campus. A local radio station here, known as "The Power Loon" (AOR or "classic rock" format -- notice I can no longer call it "oldies" without self-incrimination) has run a billboard with a barely-dressed young woman's backside, hip cocked, holding a guitar, with the slogan "Now turn us on." As you might guess, many in the university are not happy.

And as you might guess, one person posts to the discuss list, "The billboard is not good for our children to see." Yes, silly First Amendment mustn't get in the way of protecting the children. (Same for the Second.) So they form a "Community Coalition Against Sexism". Every thing that offends around here seems to create some coalition against this or that. What's next?