WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear breast cancer "I (heart) Boobies" bracelet case; students win

Remember the case out of Easton, Pennsylvania, where a middle school ordered two schoolgirls, then 12 & 13, to remove their breast-cancer awareness bracelets because school administrators perceived them as disruptive because of their sexual innuendo?

With an assist from the American Civil Liberties Union, the students sued.

A Federal appeals court earlier rejected the school district's ban on wearing such bracelets. But school administrators appealed, only to lose a final round before the U.S. Supreme Court.

(School administrators insisted insurance paid for most of the costs of the litigation.)

Here's an account from The EXPRESS-TIMES / lehighvalleylive.com from Easton, Pennsylvania.. (Check out interesting readers' comments following the article)


Posted at 1:27pm on March 10, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Mar 10, 2014 7:49pm
As usual, the ACLU continues to file lawsuits on behalf of people who want to use the first amendment to demonstrate to the world how stupid they are.

I'd be ashamed!

Mon, Mar 10, 2014 8:27pm
Well for one, I'm certainly glad that Boobies won. But then,... they usually do.

Mon, Mar 10, 2014 10:37pm
Yeah, but now that T has won, will it be A next?

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:50am
I don't see this as a big deal. Most kids know what boobies are. The bracelet didn't say I love Tits, Hooters, or she's got a great rack, etc.

It was simply a clever way to get people talking about breast cancer, it worked.

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 8:50am
Mike, the issue was not with the kids. It was with the Rick Santorum supporters who didn't know what boobies were and were shocked, shocked, to find out they were something other than seabirds that nest on abandoned South Atlantic islands...

Since Santorum followers are all self-taught, some of them mistakenly thought boobies were actually English policemen who didn't carry guns....

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:25am
Kavips: This is why, if the Republicans want to have a chance of winning in 2016, candidates like Santorum should be a NO. When he made that comment during the 2012 election about wanting to ban Birth control pills, I thought, are you crazy???? Well, you just gave the DEMS a whole pile of female votes they hadn't had the day before, good move Rick.

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:59am
Let those same kids try wearing bracelets that say they love Jesus, support pro-life, or support man/woman marriage... then see how quickly the ACLU comes to fight for their right to free speech.

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:01am
I <3 Jesus!

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 1:18pm
EarlGrey: What would be even more interesting is to have those same kids wearing the 'I Love Jesus' bracelets and some others wearing 'I Love Allah' bracelets, still others that say 'I Love Buddha', with others wearing 'I Love the Dalai Lama', while others love [name some Hindu goddess], and of course, 'I Love Mother Earth' and see if all "religious" braclets are required to be removed, or only the 'I Love Jesus' bracelets. It's one thing if all are removed, something else entirely if only one group's are removed.

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:59pm
MFD: I think you miss the point here. I heart boobies is just the first step. The next step will be I heart butt cheeks for colon cancer, mark my words.

Tue, Mar 11, 2014 8:11pm
I think this entire issue boils down to a lack of decorum. There's no need to engage in slang to get the point across. It's breast cancer. Everybody knows that. Announcing you love boobies in reality is just an excuse to express the point in a sexually perverted way. I don't blame the Supreme Court for not wanting to involve itself in matters of simple decorum and common sense, which there appears to be none of here or anywhere.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 8:26am
Mrpizza: I agree, but you forget that the cancer society is a secular organization, and they're all about raising awareness and more importantly MONEY, so what sells better than anything? Sex. Radio/TV/Print have used sex or sexual innuendo for decades to sell. I remember an ole black-and-white TV commercial from the 60's of this blond bombshell with a Swedish accent saying in a very suggestive voice "take it off, take it all off" as David Rose's Orchestra played "The Stripper"; then you see some guy attacking his face, shaving in a rather vigorous way that if he actually had a blade in the razor probably would have then required a steptic pencil for the blood cuts. She showed NO cleavage as I remember; it was simply that she was pretty, but had a great sexy voice.

Mae West demonstrated this on NBC Radio's "Monitor", WDEL carried the program back in the day [don't remember if I heard this episode on WDEL - an NBC Radio affiliate then, or on WMUR - Manchester NH while stationed in NH in the Air Force]. Ms. West explained that you don't have to show anything [referring to cleaveage], but even reading the weather report in the right voice can create a sexual allusion. She then read the weather for NYC in a rather sexual voice. Remember Mae West was in her 80's when she did this interview; of course, this was radio so you could picture the voice belonging to the 1930's & 40's Mae West that the listerners had known [I had no clue what the 80-year-old version looked like, but remembered what she looked like from her films with WC Fields] - thus the magic of radio. As Stan Freeberg used to say, let's see you do that on television. Her point, though, was that you don't have to show it all to come across as sexy. She felt that the actresses of that time [early 70's, forget the exact year I heard this interview] were showing too much and not using enough feminine allure. Interesting interview. Wonder what Mae West would say about today's actresses......

Anyhow, getting back to the point. So yes, for me personally I don't need a boobies bracelet to get my attention, but sadly many others do, and that is the reality of this world [the fallen one]. I say pick our battles; to me this issue wasn't worth the fight, effort, or expense. It had a word, not photos of actual boobies. That would have been a different issue, but then most women would probably have been outraged, and thus the outcome would have been different. This sort of thing, I believe, should be decided by the ladies and us guys should stay out of it. Sadly, the G.O.P. doesn't seem to learn this, and that helps the DEMS in election after election.

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