Skip to comments.Prof. dresses as robot to protest Iowa’s ‘sexist,’ ‘homophobic’ pink locker room
Posted on 08/29/2014 10:02:17 AM PDT by Zakeet
A University of Iowa (UI) professor is protesting the venerable football teams sexist pink visitor locker room by marching around in a robot costume Friday afternoon.
Kembrew McLeod, director of graduate studies at the university, organized Fridays march in order to draw attention to criticism of the locker room as some students and faculty have deemed its pink paint job sexist. McLeod also says the color condones homophobia.
This trend away from hypermasculinity in sports makes it all the more unfortunate that the University of Iowa still hosts visiting teams in pink locker rooms, McLeod wrote in a recent editorial.
The Million Robot March falls on the annual celebration which honors former Iowa football coach Hayden Fry, the winningest football coach at the university. In 1979, Fry had the visitor locker rooms painted pink as the calming nature of the color could put [the] opponents in a passive mood, according to his memoir.
Amazingly, top administrators still defend this move; its as if the university has sided with the jocks who used to beat up the queers in high school, the marchs website states. Does a pink locker room directly lead to violence against women and gay people? No. But it does reinforce the repeated narratives about being a man that kids are exposed to from a very young agewhich creates subtle and harmful ripple effect.
According to Inside Higher Ed, the University of Iowa renovated their athletics facilities in 2005, adding new lockers, urinals, and showers in various shades of pink.
Thats what pranks do they shake up our everyday routines and surprise us with an unexpected and unconventional sight, sound or performance, McLeod said. Sadly, UIs pink prank amounts to little more than a juvenile taunt, a sophomoric stunt left over from a bygone era.
Yet not everyone finds the locker rooms decor offensive. University of Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner insisted it was the best locker room for an away team.
[Its] spacious. I dont care about the color, it has a lot of space, Gardner said.
IU President Sally Mason said earlier this week that repainting the locker rooms wasnt a priority for the school.
"To tear that apart and spend the money right now to redo that just seems like a very low priority to me," Mason told Fox News. "Would a pink locker room have been my first choice? Probably not. But that predates me by quite a little bit."
Fridays march isnt the first time McLeod has donned his robot costume to make a statement. He previously protested President Clinton and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) as a heckling robot.
The Million Robot March will convene Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Robot costumes are not required.
Kimbrew is upset ... cause this is a real serious bad thing ... therefore he demands that you Iowa Freepers drive to the school immediately and join in the protest!
The idea, of course, was to provide a subtle psychological calming effect on visiting teams. Not sure you could call it very effective - it was done in 2005. Hawkeyes last held a conference championship in 2004. Hmm...
Just proves that he’s a robophobe.
His first name sounds like a Korean beer.
Maybe they will make the players stop wearing pink in October, too.
Perhaps it need purple sequined thongs and some bows to go with it to suit Kimbrew?
I'm surprised they don't answer Yes. When you make everything up, why not claim whatever makes your side look best?
Looks like a kooky liberal. Looks like Jimmy Fallon.
Correction: Prof. dresses as robot to draw attention to himself as he is desperate to find meaning in his pitiful life
1st world problems
This prof is going out of his way to define by his own example, the meaning of the word “faggot”.
This is both hugh and series...
This “professor” is as unstable as they come.
Professor of what?
Underwater basket weaving?
Donut hole design?
Modern language torturer?
(In other words, not anywhere close to a real professor, which is why he is where he is.)
I bet this queer wears pink panties, so what’s the problem?
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