December 11, 2003

Hey UC Santa Cruz? Yo Mama!

Erin O'Connor has a nice post up about the important work FIRE and speechcodes.org are doing. So pluggity plug plug.

She (and speechcodes.org) highlights the UC Santa Cruz speechcode which:

"warns students that 'actions of disrespect, intolerance, or any behavior (spoken, written or physical) which maligns another individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, creed, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, physical ability, political views, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or other differences will not go unchallenged.'"

This is all amazing enough on the surface. But do you know the real tragedy here? Under this speechcode, that most revered and vaunted of spoken word traditions--the "Yo Mama" joke--would be considered a speech code violation on the basis of age, ethnicity, race, gender, and socio-economic status, to name just a few.

I submit that depriving the youth of America of the Yo Mama joke is a blow not just to the Bill of Rights, but to one of the most important Rites of Passage in our nation: one which hones the important skills of mental quickness and verbal dexterity.

Good God, UC Santa Cruz, can you not think of the CHILDREN?

Posted by Big Arm Woman at December 11, 2003 09:49 AM
Comments

Yes, but it's so UC Santa Cruz! UCSC is the puff-the-magic-dragon of UC campuses. It was doing that sort of thing when it was new and unusual, though they may not have codified it into a speech code then.

Posted by: Karen at December 11, 2003 02:16 PM

I think Abercrombie and Fitch ought to merge with UC Santa Cruz. They could put out a joint catalog (hyuk) and illustrate it with dreadlocked naked people, which UCSC possesses in abundance. A&F would get rid of that nasty anti-diversity label, and UCSC students could add exhibitionism to their Culture and the Body curriculum. And everyone would have to participate in A&F/UCSC group sex--just like in the catalog--because being unattracted by someone would constitute an act of disrespect and intolerance.

Posted by: Rose at December 12, 2003 12:04 AM

Playin' the dozens is a great American tradition, and I'm glad to see you standing up for it.

Posted by: Lex at December 12, 2003 06:31 AM