10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

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by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled “Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts,” taught by adjunct professor Caroline Lawson Hinkley at UNM. When assigned a paper on the 1985 film “Desert Hearts,” Pompeo critiqued the film as “championing the barren wombs of these women” and referred to lesbianism as a “very […]
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