Saturday, October 01, 2005

think pink?

The past few days the fact that the University of Iowa has for thirty years painted its opponents' locker room pink has been in the news. A law professor at Iowa now says this is hostile to women and gays.

I think Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins has it just about right -- better to be amused than outraged by this little bit of pop-psy-ops against Hawkeye opponents. Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry -- a psychology major himself -- read that pink calms people down and thought he'd give it a try.

I do think the law professor doth protest too much. There are bigger outrages to protest than a goofy-ass attempt to soften up the local football team's opponents. Let's start with inadequate representation for poor and usually minority prisoners at trials that could end up with the death penalty.