The University of Michigan, the Michigan Review reports, “continue[s] to struggle with its official position on sexuality, snow and freedom of expression” after a hall director reported a “giant snow penis” as … a bias incident.
The rimy rod was seen outside of the Bursley residence hall on Michigan’s North Campus last evening.
A member of the residential staff who wished to remain anonymous told the Review “I find it more than a little ridiculous that Housing officials are required to waste their time reporting trivial occurrences such as this phallic snow object.”
Bias-incidents, according to the Student Life Website, are “incidents that make people feel targeted because of their social identity group membership.” Based on this definition, it is unclear if the bias incident report was generated because of the perceived white male privilege displayed by the pearly member rising out up from the ground or because of inadequate sex representation as no efforts had been made to create a snow vagina. It is also possible that the white penis was targeted symbolically, as the university was unable to prevent Milo Yiannopolous’ [sic] visit to the school the evening before. Either way, the snowy creation was deemed something that needed to be taken “very seriously” by the university community.
The Residential Staff member who spoke with [the Review] explained his concerns with housing policy that led to a pile of snow being reported: “In the real world, no one cares about stuff like this. It is the height of privilege and entitlement to be obsessively concerned with utterly inconsequential events such as this.”
Did anyone – anyone – consider just walking over and toppling the frigid phallus if it was so damn offensive?
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