KCAL in Los Angeles reports that a Dodgers fan was asked to leave the Dodgers-Padres game last Friday because she had a drawing of a uterus on her shirt.
The shirt, which you can see in the linked article, had a medical diagram-style illustration of a woman’s reproductive system and the words “No Country for Old Men” written on it. The woman wearing it — a 34-year-old law student named Haley Pollock — was told it was “indecent.”
“My reaction was, ‘What could possibly be offensive about a uterus?’” says Pollock, a 34-year-old law student and women’s rights activist. “There’s nothing offensive about my shirt. My shirt is an image, a line drawing of a uterus.”
Meanwhile, people wearing shirts that said “She wants the D” — an obvious double entendre, with “D” being the script D in the Dodgers logo — were not asked to cover up their shirts or leave. Weird, eh?
The Dodgers’ statement:
“There is no dress code but under our Fan Code of Conduct, we have several provisions about indecent clothing. We’re not going to comment on this specific incident, but we are in contact with Ms. Pollock and are reviewing it internally.”
It’s unclear from the article if a fan complained about it or if Dodgers security took it upon themselves to police this woman’s shirt. It is also unclear whether the animus against the shirt is based on its political message — obviously a pro-choice sentiment — or if it’s one of those situations where our culture’s often infantile approach to reproduction and women’s bodies made people believe there was something sexually prurient about a sketch of a uterus. Not that there’s a stark difference there, inasmuch as said infantile views of women’s bodies informs a lot of people’s political feelings, but I suppose that’s a topic for another website.
Either way: this is a horrible look for the Dodgers. Who, I do not suspect, will go after the “she wants the D” shirts or, for that matter, shirts that have, say, skeletons or, perhaps, digestive systems on them.