U. Kansas resident adviser warned against ‘very masculine’ gorilla image in jungle-theme decor

U. Kansas resident adviser warned against ‘very masculine’ gorilla image in jungle-theme decor
Microaggress this. (Image: Shutterstock)

[Ed. – Forget the gorilla; I’m being microaggressed by this stereotype. Gorillas, masculine?  What’s next?  Poodle puppies “feminine”?]

An RA at the University of Kansas was advised against incorporating an image of a gorilla into a jungle-themed floor decoration because the animal apparently represents “a very masculine image.”

In an email obtained by Campus Reform, a university employee with the school’s student housing department writes to a resident advisor, who wishes to remain anonymous, to explain to him that he cannot use an image of a gorilla for a routine floor decoration.

“I think it would be best if your floor chose a different theme animal to be more inclusive,” Assistant Complex Director Dale Morrow wrote in an email at the start of this academic year. “First, gorillas represent a very masculine image, and I feel that this would not be inclusive to all of our residents on that floor.”

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