Here’s the definition of free speech at a university near you. ‘You are not allowed to write an essay that describes one of your instructors as ‘tall, blonde, or stacked.
A federal judge in Michigan dismissed a free speech by lawsuit by Oakland University student, Joseph Corlett. Corlett had written an essay titled, “Hot for Teacher,” in which he described his creative writing instructor’s physical attributes. He has been banned from campus for several semesters.
His complaint centered around “curricular speech,” which can properly be restricted. (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education also provides links to other documents in the case.)
“Under the curricular speech doctrine, the slim protection afforded to Corlett’s speech was negated because Defendants had legitimate educational and pedagogical bases for restricting and punishing that speech,” wrote the university’s counsel, Leonard M. Niehoff and Sean F. Crotty of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn.
A federal judge agreed with the defendants. In his decision the judge said that his remarks might be “appropriate for a karaoke bar, but doesn’t have to be tolerated in a college setting,” the AP reports.
So, lock up the male hormones, and ignore your teacher’s tight skirts and five-inch heels. She’s just an instructor, not a woman. Students are not allowed to refer to their gorgeous teachers as ‘tall, blonde, and stacked.’
Alfred James reporting