P.C. Gone mad!

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Tuesday 22 December 2009 11.36pm
I suspect that the first seed of 'politaical correctness' was sewn back in the 1970's, when 'Baa-Baa Blacksheep was deemed inapropriate, as it may have offended certain ethnic minorities. Like many of us, some members of those 'ethnic minorities' may have wondered why we were being so narrow minded and, more to the point, so patronising.
Nothing much then happened in the world of 'P.C.,' until the last couple of years when, on the scale of one to ten, it disappeared off the radar.
On the lunacy scale, it's now somewhere up there with the dicky birds!
I was chatting to one of my daughters on the subject today. (She's in her final year at uni.) From some of my postings it would be understandable to think that I have dozens of daughters. In fact I have only four, but we chat a lot.
Well, I thought I'd heard it all, but she told me things that still made me shake my head in disbelief. We've always had blackboards in classrooom, but they have been gradually replaced by whiteboards. However, these classroom excessaries can no longer be reffered to as 'blackboards' and 'whiteboards.' They are now 'Chalkboards' and 'Markerboards.' It would seem that the terms, 'Black' and 'White' are no longer acceptable. Much in the same way that a certain office I know of insists that their staff order their coffee as either 'with mik, or 'without milk,' and are discouraged from using the terms, 'black,' and 'white.'
The groupe, 'Blue Mink,' meant well with their 1968 hit, 'Melting pot,' but do we rally want, 'Coffee coloured people by the score?' I don't. How boring would that be? In fact, if you go over the words of that song in your head, you will discover that, as well meaning as it was, it wouldn't pass muster in today's crazy 'P.C. world!'
I live in a very cosmopolitan area, and I love it.
I am white, my next-door neighbour is black, and it doesn't bother either of us.
Another thing. My daughter also informs me that when they have class discussions, they can no longer refer to them as 'brainstorming' sessions, in case it offends people with epilepsy. These sessions are now referred to as, 'Mind-mapping.'
Finally, even poor old 'Green sheep' has now, apparently, bitten the dust. He has now become, 'Rainbow sheep.'
I can only assume this has been done to avoid offending the Martians!
God help us all!
Tuesday 22 December 2009 11.46pm
That should read, 'Accessories' not 'Excessaries.'
It's late. I'm tired.
Night-night.
Wednesday 23 December 2009 10.47am
Just a few weeks ago, I was advised to use the term "two-way radios" rather than "Walkie-Talkies" as it may offend those who can't walk and/or talk.
Tuesday 29 December 2009 12.34pm
on a similar note, our office email scanner has stopped several emails from our highways contractor as they contain the word 'hardcore'!

unbelievable!
Wednesday 30 December 2009 11.01am
The way this is all going, with so many words being un-p.c., we won't be able to use words at all at some point in the future. We will have to use sign language. Then, I suppose, someone will say that we cannot use our index and/or middle fingers! I have always said that history has a habit of repeating itself, so perhaps we will all end up just grunting at each other, like our caveman ancestors!
Wednesday 30 December 2009 12.59pm
JonR wrote:
on a similar note, our office email scanner has stopped several emails from our highways contractor as they contain the word 'hardcore'!
unbelievable!

Freecycle/Freegle have posted messages asking people to offer 'aggregate' rather than 'hardcore' because they have a monthly limit of the number of times that 'hardcore' can appear on the site before Yahoo reclassify it as a porn site.
Thursday 31 December 2009 5.34pm
I have had 'blue tits' bounce!
Thursday 31 December 2009 8.39pm
Would you like to re-phrase that, Cathy?
Thursday 31 December 2009 8.50pm
chalkey wrote:
My daughter also informs me that when they have class discussions, they can no longer refer to them as 'brainstorming' sessions, in case it offends people with epilepsy. These sessions are now referred to as, 'Mind-mapping.'

If she is brave enough she could draw their attention to this refutation from epilepsy action:
http://www.epilepsy.org.uk/press/facts/brainstorming

I'm more concerned that just how poor the overall standards at that "university" must be if they can confuse brain-storming - the process of free thinking to produce new ideas with mind-mappingthe process of identifying relationships between ideas in order to provide organisation/structure for a project or written assignment
Saturday 2 January 2010 11.18am
That's a bit high brow for me L.R., but I'm sure you're right. I can only say in response that it's a good thing then that my daughter is doing a stage combat course and not an academic one.

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