Arizona State University, perennial favorite for “nation’s least prestigious school,” is showing America why: students can now earn extra credit in a Women and Gender Studies class for being female and not shaving their armpits. One student—whose parents no doubt consider this either $6,000 (in-state tuition) or $10,000 (if she’s out of state) a year well spent—called her 10 weeks of stubble cultivation a “life-changing experience.”
Diane “DD” Barker, age 65, has been ordered to stop doing cartwheels and splits when she addresses Maricopa County officials at city council meetings. Barker says that it’s just her form of personal expression and is a way to show the benefits of exercise. But the city council says it’s within its rights to “impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on speakers.”
Kathleen Byers, 65, has been helping children cross the street in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood for more than 10 years. And sometimes, just to have some fun, she dances while on the job.
“I started dancing because I brought music, and once I heard the music and the beat of course who can’t tap their toes,” Byers, now a great-grandmother, told Kevin Newman Live.
But now she is resigning after a spat with the Toronto Police.
She had been dancing for about four years when police asked her to stop, saying that it was a distraction. She toned it down, but didn’t stop entirely.
When local band Born Ruffians noticed her moves they decided to put her into their music video. The video wasn’t filmed at the crosswalk, but Byers is featured in it, dancing in her reflective vest holding her stop sign.
The police weren’t too happy with her using the items as props for the video. After the cops saw it, Byers was dragged into her boss’ office and suspended.
“Ms. Byers…used police-issued equipment to appear in a music video without obtaining permission,” Toronto Police Service wrote in a statement. “The supervisor made it clear to her that she wasn’t to stop dancing and devote her full attention to her job.”
After a few days spent contemplating her options, Byers decided it wasn’t worth it to fight the suspension. Instead, she resigned.
Let that be a lesson to all you crazy old Boomer womenfolk! 🙂