An image created by a member of Western Kentucky University’s new group, Hilltoppers for Choice. It’s referring to this. We’re trying to show support for the art student who responded to Hilltoppers for Life’s display of 4,000 popsicle stick crosses by placing condoms on them for an art piece. Now the administration wants her to apologize and this story has been featured on Fox News as “desecration.”
An art student at my school, Western Kentucky University, is getting tons of national heat right now for her own backlash against a pro-life group. The group covered an entire set of bleachers with 4,000 crosses and from the art classroom windows you could see that it spelled out the word “LIFE.” They also targeted students walking by and asked them questions about abortion and had a board up that said, “How do you justify abortion?” This went on for a full week. She, I and many others at my school felt voiceless and bombarded. She responded with an art piece for her class, which was covering the crosses in condoms. The university police did not interfere as it was a freedom of speech, but now my school administration is demanding a public apology from her and does not support her actions. She has so far refused to apologize, but nationally, there is no one on her side, especially since Fox News got involved.
Please read this blog post by a gender and women’s studies professor at WKU for more details and educated insight. Show support and show this student and my school that she does not owe an apology. We’re trying to make this viral enough to where we can get Rachel Maddow to pay attention and speak out about it. Help spread the word, reblog this post and let’s overtake the bigoted anti-choice voices that are attacking this student right now.
EDIT: There is now a petition that will bee sent to the school. Please sign and spread this around!
Reblogged with update to the petition. And direct link to the blog post by the professor, rather than the main blog. I’ll probably have more to say on this tomorrow.
While I am firmly disgusted by the Hilltoppers for Life cross display/propaganda installation, I stand behind their rights to free speech. That also means that I solidly believe the art student who draped said crosses with condoms has an equal, and irrefutable, right to the same free speech. You can’t have one without the other, no matter how vile you think the RTL folks can be…
She should not be vilified, her actions being called an “unfortunate and disgusting” act. Fox has, of course, picked this up, and run with it….Context is important, intent is important.