By Jan Wolfe
University Presidents have
developed a strange knack for lauding the First Amendment even as they dispense
with it. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see Gene Nichol, President of The
College of William & Mary, match his anti-censorship rhetoric with action.
According to The Daily
Press of Newport News, Virginia, Nichol has permitted students to bring to
campus the Sex Workers' Art Show, a sort-of X-rated Vagina Monologues in which
strippers, prostitutes, and porn stars apparently rave about how much they love
their jobs (much to the dismay of campus feminists of the anti-pornography
school, I’m sure).
In a statement, Nichol said the First Amendment and
"defining traditions of openness that sustain universities" required
he permit the show be held at the college. "My views and the views of
others in the community about the worth or offensiveness of the program can
provide no basis for censoring it," he said.
That’s refreshing to hear. And even more refreshing to see being put into