Those are t-shirts that are too offensive to let your kids wear.
All the Cool Girls are Lesbians
Not in the same category. Not by a longshot.
The ACLU agrees, and says that a high school student in the Boston area should not have been told by her vice principal to cover up that t-shirt.
Some t-shirts buy into the worst kind of gender stereotypes. This one is making a social statement about a group that is historically, and currently, struggling for equal rights. Calling lesbians “cool girls” means you’re cool with a lot of cool things. Things that are cool, of course, unless you’re an angry, right-wing ultra-conservative.
A staff attorney for the ACLU who supports the girl and the t-shirt she wore told the New York Daily News that the only disruption of the t-shirt (“disruption” was the reason given by the vice principal at Lynn English High School for telling the girl to cover up) “was the administrator telling her not to wear it.”
The law in Massachussets, the ACLU said, according to the newspaper, is among the most stringent in the U.S. in allowing free speech in school.
The vice principal allegedly told the student the shirt was “political” and “offensive” to some people.
The kick-ass student? She said, “Well, frankly I’m the one who feels offended . . . The word lesbian is not inappropriate. Saying it is, is calling homosexuality inappropriate.”
Fortunately most school officials agreed with her. Unfortunately the school’s principal still stood by the vice principal’s decision, saying anything deemed disruptive is wrong, and the shirt “could have been” disruptive.
Seriously, people? Really? I mean, come on. No matter what you learned from Jesus or the Bible or what you think God told you in your sleep or tried to tell you when you burned that piece of toast that one time in 1983, you get that some people are simply not heterosexual, right? It’s 2012; when will this raging war against anyone not exactly like us end—once and for all? Ugh.
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