Letters to the Editor: Sept. 17, 2013
Satire and sexual violence
The sweeping statements found in “On Silence and Accountability,” that students are “hesitant to speak out against the University,” lacked in evidence and heavy in opinion. The article touched on freedom of speech, do word vomit and crass pictures that contribute to a lackadaisical attitude about respecting an individual’s body fulfill the purpose of freedom of speech?
One year before your satire article (showcasing a photo of a representation of the lower half of a naked female body) was released Forbes also released an article entitled, “Ten Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Women.” The article reports Fairbanks being in the top three, information obtained from FBI crime reports.
Know your audience. In communication the sender may have the best of intentions but they are worthless if the receiver interprets a different message. Message received when seeing the photo of people walking in and out of the door (the vagina) rape is funny. How do you suppose that message was received by victims or perpetrators of sexual violence?
Judging by the sweeping statements and finger pointing in your editorial if I were the professor involved I would have done the same. I can only imagine what your email looked like. If you’re worried about “the role of media,” I suggest reading the book “How the News Makes Us Dumb.” It is about making money and not the good of society.
After you received negative responses you still held your ground you are either uncaring or don’t do research. Either way bad form!