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Tufts rowers suspended for sexually suggestive T-shirt reinstated
Boston Globe ^ | May 3, 2012 | Matt Byrne

Posted on 05/07/2012 10:21:31 AM PDT by billorites

The president of Tufts University Thursday lifted a suspension from competition levied against the men's rowing team that was handed out after members printed sexually suggestive T-shirts the rowers wore to an annual campus event.

The reinstatement, requested by university President Anthony Monaco, comes in time for this weekend's New England Rowing Championships in which the team's 31 rowers may now compete, the university said.

"Most decisions regarding our athletic teams are appropriately made at the programmatic level, and that was originally the case in this instance," Tufts spokeswoman Kimberly Thurler said in a statement. "However, given the larger issues involved, including issues of freedom of expression, President Monaco felt it was appropriate to review the entire matter with the coaches and our athletics director."

The fluorescent yellow tank-tops were printed for the annual schoolwide celebration called Spring Fling held last Friday on the president's lawn, and were emblazoned with a profile of a boat full of cartoon rowers complete with a coxswain, who sits at the head of the boat to direct the rowers during competition.

The caption drew the ire of at least one Tufts community member, who complained in writing that a sexually suggestive slogan that played off a common abbreviation of the coxswain's title was offensive toward women, and promoted a culture of rape and sexually aggressive behavior, according to the campus newspaper that first reported the suspensions, citing several people who read or have direct knowledge of the complaint.

The apparel violated team policy against "producing, purchasing, and wearing as a group unauthorized tee-shirts," Thurler said. The infraction was the "fundamental issue, not the one complaint that was received."

"In this case ... we must balance the internal question of team discipline with the university's commitment to an environment that supports free expression," Thurler said.

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To: blueunicorn6

41 posted on 05/07/2012 12:03:10 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: RexBeach

Or, perhaps, “Check out our chicks!” :))

42 posted on 05/07/2012 12:13:00 PM PDT by jennings2004 (President Hayes, Mount Rushmore, telephone, Dear Leader...what a mix!)
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To: RexBeach


This is about as offensive as “Save the Tatas”

...which I actually find annoying.

43 posted on 05/07/2012 12:14:40 PM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (Fall down 7 times, stand up 8. - Japanese proverb)
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To: MarkL
“Back when I was in college (in the late 1980s), a bunch of lesbians got their panties in a wad due to some t-shirts were sold and a fund raiser for the LAX team...”

The University of Virginia LAX team sold bumper stickers back then that said “Chicks like our sticks.”

44 posted on 05/07/2012 12:29:22 PM PDT by riverdawg
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To: NCLaw441
Remember the 1970s TV add for an stomach anti-acid?

“I can't believe I ate the whole thing!”

Later modified to read “ can't believe I ate the ‘hole’ thing!”

Lots of them were sold by various gift shops throughout the US.

Or the razor advertisements on TV at the same time? He really got “stroked” this morning!

Sexual innuendos have been around for a long time.

45 posted on 05/07/2012 12:58:29 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: socal_parrot; BenLurkin
Though a thousand words might have been expended,
no better explanation would have resulted than the juxtaposition of those two pics.

< /nutshell >

46 posted on 05/07/2012 1:10:31 PM PDT by tomkat ( FU.baraq <font finger=middle>)
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To: tomkat; socal_parrot

47 posted on 05/07/2012 3:22:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ConservativeWarrior

Reminds me of Tata Motors in India!

48 posted on 05/08/2012 7:07:48 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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