A new cartoon, and a new character. Well, new for my IDS readers. Meet Lily! She’s been around since pretty much the beginning of Ralph and Chuck. She’s very smart and often the voice of reason in Ralph and Chuck’s social circle, although she tends to overwork herself. Ralph also likes to bounce ideas off of her, as he does in this cartoon.
The “I love boobies” controversy is apparently happening in several places around the country. Most people seem to be taking Lily’s argument that the meaning behind the message and the students’ right to free speech trumps the administrations’ efforts to keep things “school appropriate.” I don’t share Lily’s opinion on this one as far as public schools are concerned. The administration has a right to determine dress that is appropriate for the school day, and in most cases these bracelets violated existing dress codes.
As far as the prudence of the actual bracelets go, there are many other ways to show your support for breast cancer research rather than displaying something as crude as “I love boobies.” A pink breast cancer wristband would have accomplished the same purpose. “I love boobies” isn’t an innocent phrase in support of breast cancer research- it’s an attempt to tie sex to breast cancer for the purpose of humor. That might be fine under normal circumstances, but not in school. It’s an issue of being appropriate and respectful in a public school environment. By not complying with the administrations wishes and wearing a substitute, the students wearing the bracelets are being childish and disrespectful. It is not an unreasonable request.
What do you think? How risque does something have to be before it’s too inappropriate for school? Does the meaning behind the surface of the message hold sway in deciding what is “school appropriate?” Let me know in the comments!