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As I take a break from writing the toast/speech for my sister’s rehearsal dinner tonight, Glenn Reynolds alerts us to a display of PC prudery at the University of Michigan. And it’s not socially conservative Christians or Republicans who are objecting to the suggestive logo Ann Arbor’s Quickie Burgers, “a busty woman in a tight shirt straddling a hamburger.” It’s the University’s Stonewall Democrats, “a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caucus of the University’s College Democrats chapter.”
This Democratic group has been “circulating a petition to sway the owners to change the logo.” Club member Kolby Roberts finds the logo inappropriate and offensive, claiming its message not a good one since it contributes to “the objectification of women.”
Well, if he objects to the objectification of woman, he must also (favoring gender equality) oppose the objectification of men. So, therefore, I would assume he’s leading the charge against ads for gay bars, sexy photographs in gay magazines and any other media representation of scantily clad men designed to appeal to men like us who find such images alluring. And I trust he’s been leading a boycott of Abercrombie & Fitch, given how that clothing company’s ads “objectifies” young men.
Give me a break. If you find Quickie Burger’s logo so offensive, head down to McDonald’s when you want a burger. But, maybe that’s not PC enough for you. Or maybe it’s just that you’re offended by the display of a busty woman? Or just overeager to please your feminist allies at the U or M?
Gee whiz. Our society is rife with images which objectify men and women. That this Democrat would choose to direct his anger against a burger chain with a drawing of a woman when there are countless more alluring photographic images out there, suggests someone with a need to be offended.
Most adults, while we may be titillated by such images know better than to “objectify” members of the opposite sex (well, in our case, the same sex). And if they don’t, it’s not a problem of the image, but of themselves. And silly petition campaigns will do little to fix that.
So, to those Michigam Democrats, I say, leave the burger place alone and focus on improving yourselves.