Meme War @UMNMorris!

As I was walking through the halls to my lab, I noticed that the students have been waging a little meme war on the corkboards scattered around the building. I haven’t had to work with students much at all this year, so it’s always good to see a reminder of how wonderful they are.

Here’s an example. At the top, just off center, the College Republicans are advertising with the slogan, “Where women are not afraid to be women. While men are not afraid to be men.” That’s an oddly fearful concern — people are not afraid to be who they are in other campus groups. It’s already been defaced, though: someone wrote “bigotry is scarier than human rights” across it. Also they’re surrounded by an “It’s OK to be non-binary” sign and an ad for a discussion in conversational Spanish. Poor babies.

To the right, the College Republicans try again with a sad, limp NPC meme sign. That never worked, people, except in a self-referential way. Your opposition is flamboyantly rainbow-colored, while you’re the boring gray guys.

Meanwhile, in response to the trite & feeble sloganeering of the CR, we’ve got…this awesome bit of over-the-top mockery.

The Gender Binary is an Imperialist Social Construct
Support Trans People of Color

Signed by Queer Devil Worshippers for a Better Future, one of our many progressive groups on campus.

Yes, it’s a real organization. It’s even been written up in the Daily Caller, which seems to be aghast.

“I’m looking to start a Satanist group at Morris to address the budding conservatism on this campus — which I find abhorrent,” student Reed Larsen explained in the email.

“I’m hoping the group will have a social justice platform and further such a platform through good ol’ devilish revelry,” Larsen also said.

Larsen has christened himself as “Vold Mother” of “Queer Devil Worshippers for a Better Future.”

For the group’s logo, Larsen chose a classic, circle-emblazoned satanic pentagram festooned with the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag.

Their response is interesting — it’s an attempt to minimize the influence of the campus conservatives who put up that NPC sign, and also tack up TPUSA crap everywhere.

The “budding conservatism” on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus consists of handful of groups — a gun group, a pro-life club — which boast perhaps two dozen members combined, a source who chose to remain unidentified told Campus Reform.

That’s a generous estimate. I don’t think they take into account that it is the same handful of people signing up for all the conservative clubs, so they may be counting some of them two or three times. Also note how they are cowering fearfully, afraid to be identified…not because there is a serious threat to them, but because someone with blue hair might laugh at them.

Have I ever told you how happy I am to be at this campus? Because I am. It’s a good place. If you’re applying to colleges right now, you should consider applying.

I recommend you choose the side that’s winning the meme war, though.


  1. says

    I should have also mentioned the World Touch Cultural Heritage series, “Rhythms of Change”. It’s all guaranteed to make Republicans cry.

  2. says

    I always find it amusing/frustrating that it never occurs to many religious people that people might be drawn to devil worship because the religious right has made their God actively repulsive.

  3. says

    “Where women are not afraid to be women. While men are not afraid to be men.”

    Where women are just afraid of men, as god intended.

  4. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Aside from being a shitty sentiment, it’s also dull and unmemorable. They should’ve gone with this slogan:

    Men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

  5. davidnangle says

    The one thing I don’t like about the Christian sect of Satanism is that it kind of gives the other Christians some validation that they’re actually involved in a struggle, and are on the good side. (I mean a struggle other than to oppress all other people.)

  6. starfleetdude says

    Men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

    It’s nice to see that the classics aren’t forgotten here.

  7. Larry says

    @10 Kip T.W.

    And push pins are noted for their uncanny ability to stay stuck in the corkboard?

  8. says

    No, but you see them a lot more easily on linoleum or carpet, and they don’t adhere tenaciously to the carpet when the cleaning people pass through with a vacuum cleaner. Additionally, they can be reused, so when someone with a flyer is a tack short and look down, they will see the push pin on the floor (note: There is never a push pin on the floor because read on.) and pick it up and use it, bypassing the dozen or more staples surrounding it. The staples aren’t so easy to re-use.

  9. lucifersbike says

    I am not the world’s greatest scholar, but somehow or other I have spent several years in various English colleges and universities, as well as attending summer schools in Germany and teaching at an Italian university (they were desperate, the only other candidate dropped out). I have never, ever seen such a tidy college noticeboard. Are you Americans all neat freaks or is it just Minnesota?

  10. says

    “TPUSA crap”
    Not a term I’m familiar with does you appositive ‘crap’ indicate that it is an alphabetism for that ancient sudent tradition:Toilet Paper the USA?

  11. voidhawk says

    I love that rainbow flag variant. You’d think that adding another five colours to a six-colour flag would be eye-burning, but it is somehow complementary, possibly by using the black as the edge of the triangle.

  12. ridana says

    14) @ lucifersbike: I think it’s just UMNMorris. I’ve never seen one that neat either, unless the board patrol had just done a sweep.

  13. jrkrideau says

    @ 14 lucifersbike

    I have never, ever seen such a tidy college noticeboard.

    Still fairly early in the winter term. Give it time. My local university’s noticeboards look pretty good for the first 3 or 4 weeks of classes.