Slate’s Sue Halpern writes,

On the Middlebury campus, meanwhile, it is Gay Jeans Day, and many of us are wearing jeans to show our support for gay rights. Indeed, surveying the students who pass me as I walk to my class, I feel proud of our community for being so broad-minded.

It’s unclear from the tone of her piece whether she’s being intentionally ironic. I’m not sure about Middlebury College, but the sight of jeans on a college campus, especially as the weather is turning cooler, is hardly an indicator of anything. They might as well have “Get Drunk for George Bush Night.”

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  1. They’re still doing this? “They” did this when *I* was in college – announcing in the middle of the day it was “Jeans for (put pet liberal clause here).” Since 99% of the students wore jeans in the fall (physics majors wore couderoys) everyone was miraculously in support of the cause.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Heh. I vaguely remember something like this when I was at Alabama but, being a snooty grad student, I was sufficiently above the fray to much care.

  3. FYI, today is also Denim Day for Breast Cancer — employees who want to wear jeans or denim to work may pay a $5 “forfeit” with all proceeds going to breast cancer research.

    My guess is that many folks on the Middlebury campus put on their jeans just like every other day, and have no clue that they are being credited with any sort of viewpoint, broad-minded or not.

  4. James Joyner says:

    Funny. What’s weird is that, on most campuses, faculty wear whatever they want every day.

  5. Michael Brill says:

    Like many previous posters, I also confirm that this is an ‘old’ trick. I went to college from ’85 to ’89 in Ohio and they had the same “Wear jeans for Gays” day.

    I say we have our own “Wear jeans to support conservative thought” day or something to that effect.

  6. “…They might as well have “Get Drunk for George Bush Night.”

    Seconded, all in favor, the ayes have it…

  7. Hey, I recommend everyone turn their headlights on tonight in support of, uh, well, something.

  8. Paul says:

    Donald I think that was in support of not crashing at night.