On September 18, 1997, The Gateway printed Take Back the Night, a one-off Space Moose strip inspired by the annual feminist march of the same name. I later decided to follow it up with a hyperviolent sequel entitled Clobberin' time. To my dismay, The Gateway refused to print it. The third instalment, Rehabilitation of rapist 95-7B, appeared in the October 9 edition beneath a notice reading, "this week's episode will make more sense if one reads the previous censored strip now available at [the internet address of the Space Moose web page]." This notice, along with the censored strip, sent a group of feminist zealots into a panic. They pulled out their writing pads and started complaining to every media source at their disposal, every university administrator who might have the power to appease them, as well as Campus Security and city police. During the furor, the Space Moose series continued with Start menstruating, Midterm in progress, Political science, and Blending in.
This page chronicles the entire witch hunt including the newspaper articles, the radio interview, the letters of support and outrage, the developments that led to Space Moose's exile from the university web server, the charge of discrimination under the Code of Student Behavior and the nine month appeal that overturned it.
Phase 1 - Outcry
Phase 2 - Discipline
Phase 3 - Appeal