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Professor David S. Cohen Enters Pink Iowa Locker Room Gender Stereotype Debate

April 18, 2013

Jill Gaulding, a former University of Iowa professor, has labeled that the university's pink visiting team locker room sexist, according to The Daily Iowan, which published an article on the subject on April 18. 

Gaulding claims "of course, it’s meant to be funny, but it’s harmful, because there are people whose gender status is being used as an insult.” 

Professor David S. Cohen, who specializes in gender issues and the law, told The Daily Iowan that he tends to agree that the locker room could be sending the wrong message.  "It certainly reinforces stereotypes that schools should not be in the business doing. Both sexist and homophobic stereotypes are creating a message of inferiority . . . This is a horrible message to send to female students . . . It’s about a message being sent, to male and female students. That message is legally treacherous," Cohen said.