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Gorillas in the dissed: Primate images banned in U. of Kansas dorms because too “masculine”

September 27, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Harambe: First killed, then turned into a non-person

 

Campus Reform reports:

“An RA at the University of Kansas was advised against incorporating an image of a gorilla into a jungle-themed floor decoration because the animal apparently represents ‘a very masculine image.’…

“’I think it would be best if your floor chose a different theme animal to be more inclusive,’ Assistant Complex Director Dale Morrow wrote in an email at the start of this academic year. ‘First, gorillas represent a very masculine image, and I feel that this would not be inclusive to all of our residents on that floor.’

“’Second, this animal could be triggering to some people as their [sic] are stereotypes that surround this animal,’ he continued, noting that all the RA would need to change ‘is the picture and the words.’”

I can’t tell whether the administrator in question had something against the species Gorilla gorilla, whether he actually meant to include all primates in the ban, or his gorilla revulsion was somehow related to the Harambe ban at Clemson University, also reported by Campus Reform:

“A Clemson administrator sent an email to Resident Advisors (RAs) Friday instructing them to demand that freshman remove all Harambe references from dorm hallways and windows.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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One Comment
  1. I don’t understand this. Are there not female gorillas?

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