Professor arrested for obscene rant (video)
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:
- Speak Up: Taxpayer-funded Profs, Desperate to Save Abortion, Rant at Students
- Red Alert Politics: Professor calls students’ pro-life display “f**king profane”
- Huffington Post: Arrested For Profanity-Laced Tirade Over Pro-Life Display
- Ms. Magazine: Professor Arrested for Complaint Against Campus Display
- Christian Post: Profane Rant Against Student Anti-Abortion Display
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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