Terms of Endowment

The Left wins first prize for prudery.

At the recent annual banquet for cheerleaders at Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a coach handed out the Big Boobie award for the girl with the biggest breasts and, just for good measure, the self-explanatory Big Booty award. If the unnamed winners had any objections to the awards, they did not turn up in news stories. The left’s self-appointed morality monitors came running, but not to verify if the contest had been fair.

“Kenosha Unified School District is on notice,” tweeted the American Civil Liberties Union. “Our demand letter exposes their pervasive sex discrimination, including Tremper High School’s cheerleading banquet objectifying girls’ bodies. Awards distributed include ‘Big Boobie’ and ‘Big Booty.’”

The ACLU letter also charged that the school district violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs that receive federal funds. Under Title IX, the ACLU contended, sexual harassment includes “verbal or nonverbal conduct that creates a hostile environment that denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school program or activity, such as a sports team.”

The ACLU also wanted the district to discipline the coaches who handed out the offending awards and mandate anti-harassment training for all district employees. Whatever the students thought of the awards, the incident provided a valuable lesson.

In the lore of the left, people who follow Judeo-Christian traditions are uptight types who believe that sex is shameful and have a problem with the human body. For the most part, the reverse is true.

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the American left’s socialist motherland, had no equivalent of Playboy, Playgirl, Penthouse and such, and Pravda did not put out a swimsuit edition in the style of Sports Illustrated. As George Orwell charted in 1984, socialist regimes are prudish to the core, directing all affection toward Big Brother and the Party. True to form, the Bolsheviks banned beauty pageants as a decadent bourgeois practice.

The USSR did not hold a national beauty contest until 1989, and then only as gesture to glasnost. For the record, Yulia Sukhanova, 17, “a stately blond schoolgirl from Moscow, won the first-ever Miss U.S.S.R. beauty contest Sunday in an American-style pageant that included a swimsuit competition.” So as the Beatles said, come and keep your comrade warm.

Tremper High School named two winners but the ACLU saw only discrimination and objectifying of women’s bodies. In reality, students should understand, the ACLU always had a problem with America.

Founder Roger Baldwin, wrote that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics “has already created liberties far greater than exist elsewhere in the world.” Baldwin was “for Socialism, disarmament, and ultimately the abolishing of the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion.” Baldwin headed the ACLU until 1950 and in later years explained, “I wanted what the communists wanted and I traveled the United Front road to get it.”

On January 16, 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded Roger Baldwin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praising the ACLU founder as “an inspiration to those of us who have fought for human rights, a saint to those for whom he has gained them.” Any regime that opposed the United States could count on Baldwin’s support, and so could criminals. On the left, as Orwell wrote, rats are comrades.

The ACLU also favors deportations when the country of origin is a Stalinist dictatorship.

Elizabeth Broton Rodriguez fled Communist Cuba and perished with ten others in a 1999 escape attempt. Her son Elian Gonzalez, age five, was found floating in an inner tube and taken to relatives in Florida. The Clinton administration set out to deport Elian, and the ACLU agreed.

ACLU attorney Brenda Bernstein Shapiro blasted “the failure to return Elian to his father,” still in Cuba. The ACLU also urged the court to rejected the concerns of his Miami relatives about custody being determined by the best interests of the child. The ACLU also argued that federal courts must have jurisdiction to review Immigration and Naturalization Service decisions on asylum applications.

After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, the ACLU’s major concern was that police would question the suspect without reading his Miranda rights. This is the allegedly nonpartisan organization that puts high schools on notice over a Big Boobie award.

Just for fun, puzzled millennials might have a look at Monty Python’s “All England Summarizing Proust” competition. Contestants must give a brief summary of A La Recherche du Temps Perdu, once in a swimsuit, and once in evening dress. Since none succeeds in  “encapsulating the intricacies of Proust’s masterwork,” first prize, as the script says, goes to “a lady with enormous knockers,” who is thrilled with her award.

In similar style, the Wisconsin cheerleaders may have celebrated their Big Boobie and Big Booty awards, but today that brings on the wrath of the ACLU. On the left, they’re all prudes now, at time when breasts have been making news.

Across the pond, Victoria Bateman exposed hers on the BBC to protest Brexit. In response, Rachel Johnson, sister of MP Boris Johnson, swung free on Sky News to “make sure I get noticed” in a discussion of Brexit. No word how the exposure affected the ratings.

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