Yale is too “sissy” to accept a Harvard-mocking T-shirt that quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald, writes Robert Sibley of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) on Pajamas Media.
In This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald (Princeton ’17) creates a scene:
“I want to go to Princeton,” said Amory. “I don’t know why, but I think of all Harvard men as sissies, like I used to be, and all Yale men as wearing big blue sweaters and smoking pipes.”
The T-shirt’s front said: “I think of all Harvard men as sissies” with “WE AGREE” on the back with “The Game 2009” in script underneath it.
The Freshman Class Council changed the design, which had been chosen by the freshman class, in response to “outcry from members within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community,” reported the Yale Daily News. If the council hadn’t acted, the dean was prepared to ban the design.
The “right not to be offended” doesn’t exist, Sibley writes. Expression can’t be “conditioned on the feelings of the most sensitive member of the audience.”