today i learned that it's basically illegal (read: against university policy) for me to have a button on my messenger bag promoting my presidential candidate of choice. we got a letter detailing all of the "political activity" that is/not acceptable, and a lot of it i can understand, such as: we're not allowed to solicit campaign funds from our students. okay, fine, duh. but honest to god, we can't have a sign up in our office or a button on our messenger bags. i find this completely and utterly ridiculous. my office (as you know) is covered in messages about animal rights and/or veganism (both inside and out), and i also have safe space magnets and leaflets posted in my office. i sport one of these nifty support love stickers, too. these are all statements about my moral, ethical, and political leanings, and no one is mad at me for it.
but a button on my messenger bag that shows who i'm voting for? evidently that is going too far. i'm totally exasperated. and i'm keeping my button on my bag, so there.