Pink Football Locker Rooms. They're Homophobic and Sexist, Y'all!

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    Aug 28, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
    So sayeth a Professor! So you know the man knows what he's talking about! icon_wink.gif

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    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/28/iowa-professor-to-protest-pink-visiting-locker-rooms/

    NBCSportsThe Iowa Hawkeyes have had a long-standing tradition of having the visiting locker room painted pink. It was a brain game move by former head coach Hayden Fry in 1979 and has remained a part of attempting to give Iowa a home field advantage. A professor at Iowa is planning a formal protest against the pink locker room at the same time the school plans to honor Fry on Friday.

    Kembrew McLeod is organizing a “million robot march” to protest what he believes demonstrates the university allowing the football program to taunt an opponent by pushing homophobia and sexism. It has been suggested the pink finish in the locker room is designed to break down the visiting team’s mental toughness. Whether it works or not is probably uncertain for sure, but there must be something to having the pink finish all these years. This is hardly the first time a concern about the pink locker rooms has surfaced at Iowa though. The gimmick has been criticized by a number of feminists, lawyers, gay rights activists and more over the years, and there will likely be more to come in the future as long as the locker room remains pink.

    McLeod tells the Associated Press he and his fellow protesters will dress as robots and shout “Binary code yes! Gender binaries no!” as they address their concerns on Friday.


    Can someone at least help these guys learn how to protest? icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 29, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    Yeah, protesting as ROBOTS? I'm missing the connection.

    But deliberately using ANY color for the visiting team locker room to demoralize them, or otherwise disadvantage them psychologically, is pretty low. You can't win on the merits of your team's talents?
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    Aug 29, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    dayumm said

    Can someone at least help these guys learn how to protest? icon_lol.gif


    Looting?
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    Aug 29, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
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    dayumm said

    Can someone at least help these guys learn how to protest? icon_lol.gif


    Looting?


    That would explain all the missing corn! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 29, 2014 8:20 PM GMT
    I guess robots are supposed to be binary because they're computers, also alluding to the fact that binary uses only 0 and 1 as values (two outputs, often meaning male and female when referred to in rigid conservative views of sexuality and/or gender identity). So it's an ironic protest because they're dressing up as something composed of binary outputs?

    It's sort of a stretch...
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    Aug 29, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    Apparently he already has a robot costume so... yeah.
    http://kembrew.com/pranks/
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:11 PM GMT
    I don't think using the color pink would even really effect them much nowadays. We had pink shirt Thursday on my team we would all wear pink polos to school for the day.
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    Aug 30, 2014 2:12 PM GMT
    If the color of the locker room bothers players so much they have no business being on the field haha
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    Aug 30, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kembrew_McLeod

    His resume isn't the most impressive, which explains his presence in Iowa's School of Communications. I wonder how much his rather tiresome pranks are costing the taxpayers? The whole "sexist, homphobic" thing's been done before. Give it a rest - and no more refrains either.
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    Aug 31, 2014 11:21 AM GMT
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    Wow. It is very pink. It is just a rather desperate, insecure and inhospitable gesture and I doubt it has any real effect on the visiting team's performance.