The Lionhearted (newspaper)

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Date: 1993

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Print Journalism


Artist: The Lionhearted

Confronting Bodies: Shannon Coulter and Alisa Giardinelli

Dates of Action: April 1993

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania

Description of Artwork: The Lionhearted, a conservative newspaper, depicting a female columnist at The Daily Collegian, the campus paper, in a bikini. In the cartoon, she sits on a bed whose headboard reads, "Feminist at Work."

The Incident: Early in April, 1993 three women stopped outside the student union building at Pennsylvania State University and began throwing thousands of copies of a conservative student-run newspaper into their car. Before the end of the month, newspaper thieves struck not only at Penn State, but also at the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

Results of Incident: The stolen newspapers created a debate on campus over the legitimacy of stealing as a form of speech. The two identified women were charged with theft and received probationary statuses.

Source: "Free Speech on Campus? It's a Matter of Debate," New York Times