Professor arrested for obscene rant (video)

Professor Laura Curry arrested at U of Buffalo

Professor Laura Curry arrested at U of Buffalo

University at Buffalo professor Laura Curry gained national attention when she got herself arrested for a profanity-laced tirade near CBR’s Genocide Awareness Project (GAP).  Example coverage:

The Laura Curry Defense Committee has posted a video of the arrest (below).  The video concludes with the provocative question, “What is more profane?  The word ‘f**k’ or the message coveyed by these posters?”  Good question.  We might have said “the reality exposed by these posters,” but other than that, they are very close.

One commenter on the Ms. Magazine blog posting said much we would agree with.  Cindy Hanford wrote:

While the arrest was outrageous and the GAP project insulting to all women, so is the use of the f* word.  I find it disturbing when feminists do not recognize that the use of a word of sexual assault would be offensive to anyone who cares about the victims of sexual assault and  wants to change our society so that rape is unacceptable.  Currently, the f* word is used to say in a vulgar way, “I hope you are sexually assaulted” which no one should say to their worst enemy.  Our society also uses it as a synonym for sex, which is particularly problematic in a society that has problems distinguishing between rape and consensual sex.  In addition, most words of profanity are insults towards women’s sexuality, even when used to insult men, such as mother f*, and son of a b*.  I hope that feminists challenge the use of these words, rather than use them.  There are also more productive and effective means to protest,  If only the campus police were as busy arresting men who assault women, much less arresting all the young men on campus who use the word.


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One Response to “Professor arrested for obscene rant (video)”

  1. May 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 am

    David says:

    It is unsurprisingly instructive that Ms. Magazine would characterize the truth of what abortion is as an insult to women. They much prefer to shield womens’ delicate sensibilities, I guess, from full information about what abortion is and does than trust women to make the right choices once they understand abortion’s reality. So who, exactly, is insulting women? I submit it’s the editors and publisher of Ms. Magazine, who apparently think like the fictional character Colonel Nathan Jessup in the movie, “A Few Good Men,” as they say to women, “You can’t handle the truth!”

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