Since I wrote that, I have been informed that a student who was helping to promote the play paid for the poster. In others words, the money did not come from the Center's budget. It seems that I was terribly confused by the part of the poster that said "sponsored by the Women's Resource Center." I was also confused by the fact that the voluminous complaints about the poster were directed not to the student but to the Women's Center. I should have realized that there was a breakdown in communication because the poster stayed right there at the entrance of the university cafeteria for two full days in plain view of faculty, students, and their children. I'm sure that if the Women's Center had paid for the $.49 poster, they would have rushed to move it to a different location.
Cleary, I am forced to admit that I was unfair in my recent editorial. I need to be more sensitive in the future because I plan to start a Men's Resource Center at UNC-Wilmington. When I do, I intend to sponsor a play called The Penis Monologues (to be performed on D-day, of course). And, who knows, maybe some young, overzealous male student will decide to drop $.49 on a poster reading "D***s Unite at The Penis Monologues . . . Sponsored by the UNCW Men's Resource Center." If such a sign were placed in front of the cafeteria, I certainly wouldn't do anything about it. Nor would it matter to me if the name of my center were written on the poster without my permission.
I guess the real problem is that I am getting too harsh and judgmental in my old age. I need to be more tolerant and sensitive. Above all, I need to make sure that I never use speech that is offensive to others.
Maybe I really can learn something from the feminist movement.
Mike S. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org ) is an associate professor at UNC-Wilmington. When he argues, he usually gets in the last word. Recently, however, he asked his wife to buy him an Ann Coulter action figure for his birthday. He didn't get the action figure and his wife got in the last word.
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