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 Offsite Article: Modern rules vs old traditions...


Link Here 8th December 2017
zwartepieten Dutch schools grapple with Black Pete. For some students, celebrations speak to a lack of sensitivity on issues of race and diversity.

See article from politico.eu

 

 Offsite Article A score settler's charter...


Link Here 7th December 2017
police nottinghamshire logo Nottingham Police in conjunction with feminist extremists propose making perceived sexism an aggravating factor for consideration in court punishments, without even running it past parliament

See article from telegraph.co.uk

 

  Cheezy or Juicy?...

Silly strip joint advert winds up the easily offended Australian advert censors


Link Here 3rd December 2017
grosvenor pizzasA strip club advertisement has been banned from one of Brisbane's busiest train stations after the advert censor found it debased women (with thin crusts) comparing pizzas to breasts.

The poster shows two pizzas with pepperoni clustered in their centres under the words: Pizzas or Jugs? Grab both for just $25.

The owner of The Grosvenor topless bar and strip club, Jasmine Robson, responded:

Now I think this is political correctness/censorship gone absolutely mad. I am shocked that the ASB would determine that this ad is exploitative or demeaning to women in any way, especially considering there isn't even a woman on the billboard.

However the advert censors of the Advertising Standards Bureau  upheld complaints including that the ad condoned and suggests sexual harassment of women by suggesting that people can grab 'jugs' at the bar'.

In their ruling, the ASB noted the image used in the ad was of a picture of pizzas with strategically placed pepperoni for the purpose of creating the impression of breasts with pronounced nipples. The Board considered the use of the term pizzas or jugs and noted that the colloquial definition for jugs can include breasts.

The ASB found that the representation of womens' breasts as pizzas did reduce women to an object which was exploitative by way of purposefully debasing women. In addition, the promotion of being able to grab the deal at a bargain price was degrading by lowering in character and quality women in general, the ASB found.

 

  Dozy idea...

PC extremist calls for infant school to stop Sleeping Beauty over consent issues


Link Here 2nd December 2017
Sleeping Beauty A PC extremist from Newcastle has called on her son's infant school to ban the classic fairy tale from teh school's reading list.

Sarah Hall claimed the timeless tale, in which an unconscious princess is kissed by a prince to wake her from a curse, features an inappropriate sexual message about a lack of consent. She contends the fairytale teaches children it's OK to kiss a women while she's asleep.

Hall told the Newcastle Chronicle:

I think it's a specific issue in the Sleeping Beauty story about sexual behavior and consent. It's about saying, 'Is this still relevant? Is it appropriate?  In today's society, it isn't appropriate, my son is only six, he absorbs everything he sees.

She said her call for the book to be banned only refers to younger kids, saying the tale could be a great resource for older children to encourage discussions on consent and how the Princess might feel.

Offsite Comment: Okay, now feminists have gone too far

2nd December 2017 See  article from spiked-online.com by Ella Whelan

Spiked logoThere is so much that is wrong with these arguments. There's the suggestion that parents won't be able to explain the difference between fiction and real life to their kids. Or that sexual consent is something six-year-olds need to worry about. Or that as kids get older they will think back to the fictional tales they read when they were six to work out how to proceed with budding sexual relationships. Or that there is something wrong in the first place with imagining a beautiful princess being saved by a kiss; that there's something wrong with the life of the imagination itself.

See  article from spiked-online.com

 

 Commented: Endorsed as Politically Correct...

Twitter redefines its 'verified' tick qualifications to exclude the politically incorrect


Link Here 25th November 2017  full story: Twitter Censorship...Twitter offers country by country take downs
twitter verified logoTwitter announced yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges for famous tweeters that it does not approve of. Not for what is tweeted, but for offline behaviour Twitter does not like.

The key phrase in Twitter's policy update is this one: Reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter. Before yesterday, the rules explicitly applied only to behavior on Twitter. From now on, holders of verified badges will be held accountable for their behavior in the real world as well. Twitter has promised further information about the new censorship policy in due course.

Many questions remain unanswered. What will the company's review consist of? How will it examine users' offline behavior? Will it simply respond to reports, or will it actively look for violations? Will it handle the work with its existing team, or will it expand its trust and safety team?

Twitter has immediately rescinded blue tick verification from accounts belonging to far-right activists, including Jason Kessler, a US white supremacist, and Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defence League.

Spiked logoOffsite Comment: Twitter has turned its back on free speech

The platform plans to exercise ideological control over its users.

25th November 2017. See  article from spiked-online.com Andrew Doyle

 

  Can PC really dictate the words that people use?...

The Runnymede Trust proposes a new meaning for the word 'Islamophobia'


Link Here 15th November 2017
islamaphobia still a challengeThe Runnymede Trust is a campaign group seeking racial equality in the UK. It describes its approach as:

In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, we believe that our democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should all be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis.

The group has just issued a report on a range of issues that it gathers together under the title of Islamophobia. It notes that the term has a wide range of meanings but proposes a new and more tightly defined pair of definitions:

  • Short definition: Islamophobia is anti-Muslim racism.
  • Longer definition: Islamophobia is any distinction, exclusion, or restriction towards, or preference against, Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslims) that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.

It is interesting to consider the concept of massively changing the meaning of a word to suit the purposes of a political campaign group. The meaning of words belong to the people that use them, not to the dictates of a political campaign group.

Political correctness tries to impose a lot of 'correct' terms for people, or groups of people. But language has a lot of defences against unnatural imposition. Words can be intonated to add 'quotes' to imply ironic usage. Also out of place words prompt the listener to ask 'why was that unexpected formal word being used'? What are they getting at?. Perhaps it could mean a telling off for previous wrong speak in the conversation, or perhaps it is a warning that PC sensitive issues would be best avoided.

And of course if a formally imposed polite word eventually becomes the norm it loses the politeness of formality, and can then be used in a disparaging way, and so we have to start work evolving a new polite word.

So if political correctness demands that the word 'Islamophobia' is used as an accusation of racism, then surely the word will forever be  used in quotes to show that people consider this an accusation too far. And of course it is not beyond the wit of man to dream up a few new words to replace it, maybe even a more positive term meaning reasonable criticism of Islam.

 

  PC seems to be fermenting division and intolerance...

US college bans a performance of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan


Link Here 15th November 2017
The Good Person Of Szechwan Bosses of Knox College in Illinois have banned a student play in the name of political correctness. A few easily offended students had whinged about a performance of Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, saying that it was too white and racially insensitive.

Peter Bailley, a Knox College spokesman said that campus leaders are proud of the open dialog between our students and faculty.

The play, which is about a Chinese sex worker who seeks to do good deeds, drew complaints that it stereotypes Asian women and that it engages in whitewashing because whites would be cast in nonwhite roles.

The Knox Student newspaper editorial board calling the play racist and the department very white ... like many departments at Knox. The editorial continued:

The theatre department ... needs to acknowledge that they are coming from a place of privilege and prejudice. They need to listen to their students when they voice their concerns about not only the plays the department produces, but interactions with insensitive faculty and problematic syllabi,

[I can now see where the US counter campaign is coming from with its posters proclaiming simply: It's OK to be white].

 

 Offsite Article: Should Content Featuring Sexual Predators Be Removed?...


Link Here 14th November 2017
Louie - Season 1 DVD And who decides how much collateral damage should be inflicted on innocent associates and investors?

See article from newsweek.com

 

  Strange Adventures from Darkest PC Land...

Chidren's daycare centre get into trouble of the reading of a Pippi Longstocking story in a Swedish library


Link Here 13th November 2017
Pippi in the South Seas A Swedish daycare centre's trip to the local library in Borås took an unexpected turn recently and ended in a police report being filled over racial agitation.

According to GT, Expressen, the daycare children were listening to a CD of various Pippi Longstocking stories when another library user became 'offended' by the description of Pippi's father as a 'Negro king' and ludicrously filed a formal complaint with police. It was noted that there were children of various ethnic backgrounds among the daycare group.

The head of the daycare institute, Marie Gerdin, described the incident as "sad" and said she had assumed that the library materials were appropriate for children.

After the police report was referred to the chancellor of justice, it was sensibly determined that there would be no further action.

The first four Pippi books were published between 1945 and 1948 and in addition to the description of Pippi's father as a "Negro king", the titular character is also at times referred to as a "Negro princess". The title was earned in the originals when Pippi's father proved a hit amongst natives during an adventure in the South Seas. English translations have 'translated' the father's title to the 'fat white chief' and refer to Pippi as the 'fat white chief's daughter'.

 

 Offsite Article: When did fiction become so dangerous?...


Link Here 9th November 2017
American Heart A book critic's job is no longer to review, but to call out writers guilty of crimes of the imagination. By Lionel Shriver

See article from spectator.co.uk

 

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