I think this political correctness crap and the “hurt feelings” industry has been taking things too far. It seems that just about anything is “offensive” and everybody has to just stay quiet and not say anything, don’t draw pictures, don’t put up any signs, etc. And male college students have to attend special initiation rites, the “Tunnel of Oppression,” in which the persecuted white male is misinformed that he has “white privilege” and “male privilege” and that the college campus is a “rape culture.”
The people suggesting all these things are very dishonest, and they are liars. Saudi Arabia is a”rape culture,” in which rape and gang rape against females is common and acceptable, and in fact the victim is often arrested and jailed, accused of “provoking,” etc. That’s a “rape culture.” And Afghanistan is a “rape culture,” as far as these sicko “men” raping little boys is concerned. That’s a “rape culture.”
There might be instances of rape and sexual assault on U.S. college campuses, but not very much. In fact, on some college campuses, rape is just a made-up concept now in which they aren’t even talking about actual rape or any kind of non-consensual forcible physical act, and I would bet that young men are falsely accused of rape certainly more times than actual rapes occur. And that would be because many American high school and college students are totally confused about what actually constitutes a “rape.” (Or, as the ghastly Whoopi Goldberg would refer to as, “rape-rape,” acknowledging that other non-forced acts now referred to as “rape” are not really acts of rape.)
I hope I haven’t “triggered” anyone’s traumatic memories, as I don’t want to get sued for “microaggressions.”
These days, the young people’s understanding of language, words and definitions seems to be declining. They seem very confused about everything now. And certain words, phrases and activities are being banned, censored, punished, for no good reason. It’s really un-American as far as I’m concerned.
But the latest nonsense is these college administrators now warning students to NOT wear any “offensive” Halloween costumes! Jawohl, you stupid college administrator! The late Boston University President Herr John Silber may have acted like a Nazi at times, but even he couldn’t have cared less about what costumes the students wore. As long as they didn’t hang “Mondale for President” posters out their dorm windows, whatever.
Speaking of posters, it appears that, according to The College Fix, Wesleyan University administrators and students have been putting up a “Halloween Checklist” poster, asking, “Is your costume offensive? Check yourself and your friends.”
Is this a nursery school class? This is nuts.
The poster suggests (with my comments in brackets) that students ask themselves, “Does this costume … mock cultural or religious symbols [you mean, like a witch? No more witches on Halloween!], such as dreadlocks, headdresses, bindis, etc … attempt to represent an entire culture or ethnicity…trivialize human suffering [yeah, a ghost used to be alive, before he croaked], oppression and marginalization such as portraying a person who is homeless [oooh, that “bum” costume is offensive!], imprisoned, a person with disabilities, or a person with mental illness [you mean, like university administrators putting up moronic posters like this one?]…?”
Dreadlocks? You mean I can’t go dressed as the aforementioned Whoopi Goldberg? I’d have to put on some extra schlep attire, though. And by “headdresses,” the academic lettered idiots probably refer to turbans or hijabs. Listen, there’s nothing wrong with wearing those things, including fabricating bindis. If someone from Middle East or India is offended by such a Halloween costume, then perhaps that person is just overly thin-skinned. And if it upsets and “triggers” someone so much, even though nothing personal was actually directed toward him or her, then that person needs some kind of therapy. But, to be rational about this, if someone actually wore a costume because he wanted to offend someone, as Fred Reed might say, So what? (“Grow up!”, to quote the late Joan Rivers.)
And that’s another thing. People are acting as though some costume, some cartoon, or a comment overheard in the cafeteria was directed at them personally. At least that is how it seems these hyper-sensitive crybabies are acting. It’s part of that narcissism trend in America now. But lighten up, for crying out loud!
One other item in the College Fix article was mention of the word “cis,” as in “white cis men.” I had to look up “cis,” and apparently it refers to “cisgender,” the opposite of “transgender,” in which if you identify with your actual “assigned” gender, you are “cisgender.” God forbid someone might identify him or herself as the gender he or she actually is. Jeepers! As I wrote in my previous post, Stop the world, I’m getting off. (Can we go back to an earlier time? Can Capt. Kirk beam me back to 1984? That’s not even that long ago, in which people weren’t acting like the utter morons they are today. I think it stinks now. Take me back to the past, please.)
So the American (and European, etc.) culture is training the younger folks to be lifelong babies who emotionally can’t handle even the most innocent word or phrase, or innocent image such as a costume. And the culture is training the youngins to be paranoid to the point of developing fascist tendencies, with “If You See Something, Say Something,” turn in your fellow student for making a “racist” comment (racist to whom?), turn in your neighbor you suspect of promoting “hate,” etc. So someone expresses “hate” or ignorance or collectivist thinking, so what? Can’t you just ignore the bigots? And, incidentally, those who are promoting this kind of intellectual intolerance and censorship are generally the people on the Left, the most collectivist-thinking of any group as far as I’m concerned. They’re just as ignorant and loathsome as the racists, homophobes, sexists, etc.
And that’s the other thing now, this trend toward crazy Orwellian fascist censorship. According to WND, a Yale University study has indicated that “32 percent of students could not identify the First Amendment as the section of the Constitution dealing with free speech. And one-third of those who could identify the First Amendment claimed it does not protect ‘hate speech’.” This was a nationwide poll.
Also, 51% of the students polled supported college speech codes, 70% supported “disciplinary action” against students and faculty for expressing “racist, sexist, or homophobic” speech. 52% supported banning speakers with a history of “hate speech.” 50% wanted their college to ban the “publication of political cartoons that would criticize any particular religion or ethnicity.” A majority of these censorship fascists are self-described liberals and progressives. Noooo, really? So much for “liberal” and “tolerance.”
So all you little fascist twerps out there, just who is to decide what political cartoon might be “criticizing” what religion or ethnicity? Hmmm? Whose political cartoons and ethnic references will be allowed and whose will be forbidden? For example, we currently have an extreme bias against conservative and Christian-based speakers, literature and cartoons as well. What if a cartoonist is criticizing the Bible? That’s probably okay to those college students and faculty who oppose Christianity, but what about cartoons criticizing Israel, Islam or Obama? And will it be okay to criticize the Pope for being anti-abortion, but not okay to criticize the Pope for being a socialist ignoramus? Should those cartoons be censored? Will the censors take into account the cartoonist’s political views? Not good.
And when will the book burnings begin? Seriously, that is what these useful idiots for the Left are leading to. Not just burning books, magazines and other literature, and having parties doing it, but burning CDs, DVDs and so on by authors and artists who are accused of “hate.” But really, they will be targeting political dissenters, such as those who criticize the Dear Leader Obama, and his replacement Dear Leader Hillary. I’m sure that if I refer to her as “Hillary Rotten Clinton,” she’ll have my home drone-bombed to smithereens. But the youngins now obviously have no knowledge or understanding of history and the Nazi and Soviet regimes, or even the censorship and brutality that goes on in modern 2015, in Saudi Arabia, India, North Korea, much of the Middle East, Ukraine, and other parts of the world.
Are these American emotional jellyfishes so weak and spineless they’d rather “punish” someone for uttering “hateful” speech or wearing “offensive” Halloween costumes than just ignore the “offenders”? C’mon, you can do it! Just ignore them. Because really now, someone’s speech or Halloween costume can’t hurt you! I think the youngins really have a hard time now telling the difference between words or Halloween costumes, and physical actions.
And just what are you younger parents (and by “young,” I mean in your 30s and 40s) doing to these kids now? Perhaps 9/11 was so traumatic that you’re being over-protective of the kids to such an extreme that even words and images frighten them. Or perhaps too much of a super-ego thing here? “Uh-oh, did you say something that hurt someone’s feelings? We’re gonna have to punish you like you’re a criminal.” And let’s jail the climate change “deniers,” too, I’m sure these ignorant college students in the Yale survey want to do that as well.
Or maybe it’s all that pot the kids can’t seem to get enough of? They like to pollute their brains, apparently. Or perhaps it’s all the extra vaccines with all their toxins and the fluoride in the water as well as the psychiatric drugs and other prescription drugs going through the bloodstream and up into their brains, whacking away at their little neurotransmitters, and turning them into irrational little zombies.
Nevertheless, I am hopeful that this trend reverses itself, ASAP!