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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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1 posted on 05/07/2012 10:21:33 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites
Give me a break....


2 posted on 05/07/2012 10:26:37 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: billorites

Sounds to me like guys having guy humor.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: billorites

I take it we’ll never see this guy become the President of the University of South Carolina.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 10:27:52 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: billorites
Sheesh! The caption was "Check out our Cox!" Seems like PC gone wild to me.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

5 posted on 05/07/2012 10:28:02 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: billorites

Well, great T-shirt!

“...a culture of rape....” Baloney.

The wussification of America continues.

Is everything offensive to women? I think not.

President Monaco is worried about alumni financial support.

Perhaps he has a t-shirt that reads “ check out our checks!”?


6 posted on 05/07/2012 10:28:46 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: Perdogg

ROTLMFAO ! I know Tuft’s being in MA, they are definitely under East Coast political correctness.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 10:31:07 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: billorites
The team ought to sell 'em - fundraiser.

They'd get $250 per shirt, I bet.

8 posted on 05/07/2012 10:33:08 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: wastedyears

Leftists don’t have a sense of humor.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 10:35:28 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: billorites
Should it be, "Check out oar Cox!" ??
10 posted on 05/07/2012 10:35:51 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: wastedyears

Leftists don’t have a sense of humor.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 10:36:22 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: billorites

My first thought would have been “why are the advertising for a cable company”?


12 posted on 05/07/2012 10:36:57 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: billorites
When I was a collegiate rower our “cox” was female!

So “Check out our cox” would be saying ‘look at the pretty little woman yelling at us!’.

We had some fine women on the team, tall other than the cox, and Crew does wonders for the legs and buttocks. We were really close and had “Crew parties”.

One year we got a skeevy guy recruit who, at the first party of the season, groped a few women, lifting the skirt of a friend of mine who would have (and probably should have) kicked his ass with little effort.

No muss no fuss. We kicked him out of the party and off the team. But because of the incident - which we all handled just FINE - we all (but not him because he was off the team) had to attend a day long seminar “training” us not to treat women like that.

13 posted on 05/07/2012 10:39:16 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: billorites

Well, to be honest, it’s really not that clever. In fact, it’s not clever at all.


14 posted on 05/07/2012 10:41:17 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: svcw; billorites
My first thought would have been “why are the advertising for a cable company”?

Yeah, I used to work at a place that had them for a client. Siemens too.

There was a lot of "huh huhhuh huh huhuhhuh you said...." going on. 40 year old men acting like 14 year olds.

Of course I never participated. :-)

15 posted on 05/07/2012 10:43:49 AM PDT by wbill
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To: svcw

Exactly. Their HQ is about 3 miles from here.


16 posted on 05/07/2012 10:44:06 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: dfwgator

I believe that Univ of South Carolina once had a homecoming theme titled “Year of the Rising Cock!” No kidding, late 80’s I think.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 10:44:13 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: cornfedcowboy
Well, the 80s were pre-Viagra.

You're supposed to call a doctor if it lasts more than 4 hours. A year, I suspect, would be uncomfortable.

18 posted on 05/07/2012 10:48:50 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Krankor
Well, to be honest, it’s really not that clever. In fact, it’s not clever at all.

I wasn't meant for you.

19 posted on 05/07/2012 10:49:53 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: cornfedcowboy

I still can’t wait for South Carolina to play Oregon State in a bowl game.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 10:55:34 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: billorites

I absolutely loathe the idiotic PC mentality that constantly crops up in reaction to such things. On the other hand, this kind of moronic “Beavis and Butthead” humor is pretty darned pathetic (if not downright embarrassing in its lack of class and wit), and hardly worth defending.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 11:01:20 AM PDT by greene66
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To: RexBeach

It’s offensive because it’s public vulgarity, not because it’s an act of aggression against women. The former is fine in PC circles; the latter taboo, no matter how far-fetched.

A lot of young female athlete now practice in shorts or warm-up pants with the team name across the backside. Which is an implicit way of saying “Check out my a—.”

We’ll wait forever for men or a university protecting men’s delicate sensibilities to say that’s an act of aggression against men.


22 posted on 05/07/2012 11:03:18 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: billorites

But on the back of the T-shirt it says...
“Our competition SUCKS”...


23 posted on 05/07/2012 11:07:39 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Perdogg
drew the ire of at least one Tufts community member....
24 posted on 05/07/2012 11:08:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: dfwgator

25 posted on 05/07/2012 11:08:47 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Perdogg

I guess they never heard the one about the two young ladies discussing the proper way to pronounce Pontiac’s Grand Prix.


26 posted on 05/07/2012 11:11:34 AM PDT by SLB (23rd Artillery Group, Republic of South Vietnam, Aug 1970 - Aug 1971.)
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To: wbill
You're supposed to call a doctor if it lasts more than 4 hours.

If it lasts more than 4 hours, I'm calling EVERYBODY!

27 posted on 05/07/2012 11:16:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: billorites

I remember a big ruckus in the 70s when Blimpies had a tshirt with “World’s second best taste treat” on the front. Back then we called them women’s libbers.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 11:17:17 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: Perdogg

Is this a good time to remind folks that National Outdoor Intercourse Day is tomorrow, May 8th?


29 posted on 05/07/2012 11:21:30 AM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: billorites
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...

"Co-Ed Naked Lacrosse: It's rough, it's tough, and it's played in the buff!"

Pretty tame, actually, but they needed something to get upset over.

Mark

30 posted on 05/07/2012 11:23:03 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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Hey Matt Byrne, the cox sits in the stern of the skull. Moron.


31 posted on 05/07/2012 11:24:31 AM PDT by Dedbone
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To: RexBeach

And this complaint from a broad who’s probably proud to go see the “Vagina Monologues”.


32 posted on 05/07/2012 11:25:01 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: billorites

When I rowed(back in ‘62), we were a coxless fours.

No one teased us - ever!


33 posted on 05/07/2012 11:30:36 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: dfwgator
Bet you can't lick our.... oh never mind
34 posted on 05/07/2012 11:37:11 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

So who’s the tuft’s stroker?


35 posted on 05/07/2012 11:49:31 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: heartwood

Much ado about nothing.

Yup.


36 posted on 05/07/2012 11:50:52 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: dfwgator
The first time we saw that particular commercial together, I gave Mrs WBill a "Significant Look".

She said "Don't even think about it. After 4 hours, I'd be like 'Get away from me' ".

So much for that.

37 posted on 05/07/2012 11:51:27 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Perdogg

Oh, that’s just silly - both the shirt and the upset over it.


38 posted on 05/07/2012 11:55:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: billorites

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
You can wear a murdering Che shirt
But cox is bad it seems.


39 posted on 05/07/2012 11:56:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: billorites

Turned in by the professor of ‘Womyn’s Studies’, no doubt.


40 posted on 05/07/2012 12:00:02 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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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

Agreed.

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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