Good causes don’t excuse tastelessness

A brief story in the Kansas City Star[*1] :

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has banned the sale of aT-shirt students designed to promote a benefit performance of “TheVagina Monologues.”

The T-shirt, which depicted abstract images of vaginas, was tobenefit V-Day 2007, a national movement to stop violence against women.Students called the ban censorship.

The shirt was to be sold at the university’s Women’s Center. Thecenter’s director stopped the sale, saying the shirt did not reflectthe image of the center and did not conform to V-Day guidelines, whichspecify that T-shirts include the V-Day logo and tagline.

We’re opposed to violence, generally, against women or men. But we’re also generally opposed to t-shirts depicting genitalia. It just goes to show how dreadfully out of touch with common sense some people are.