Why liberals (really) piss me off (Part 3)

As your typical man on the street, I was recently talking to the girls in the office about this and that. I was blindsided when the gals told me I should follow the rules set forth by the Glasgow (Scotland) City Council regarding the use of sexist language. It appears that certain words are no longer “permitted” because they are offensive. One of the dears was rather harsh with me. I said to her, “Love, I’ll say what I damn well please!”

The guide offers a full list of the most shameful examples of sexist-speak. Top of the list are endearments.

“Don’t assume it is acceptable to address women by endearments such as ‘dear’, ‘pet’ and ‘love’ when you would not address men in such a way,” the guide instructs. “Don’t refer to women as ‘girls’, for example, ‘the girls in the office’.”

It adds: “The term ‘ladies’ should only be used in situations where the parallel term ‘gentlemen’ is used.”

All references to a person’s gender should be avoided, the guide goes on. “A person’s gender is rarely relevant to the job they do, so don’t use ‘lady’ or ‘woman’ to highlight gender inappropriately, for example ‘woman driver’, ‘lady curator’, ‘lady councillor’, ‘woman director’. Similarly don’t add ‘ess’ to the end of job titles as in ‘manageress’ or ‘stewardess’.”

“Some words and phrases such as ‘manpower’ and ‘man the office’ exclude or ignore women. Use inclusive terms like ‘staff’ and ‘workers’ and ‘staff the office’.”

When will it end?

14 thoughts on “Why liberals (really) piss me off (Part 3)”

  1. They won’t be happy until we are all just “human units” at the service of the state. No individuality or personal life allowed.

  2. I agree for the most part, but I think one has to realize, if one is not an extremist, that some words or phrases are meant to reinforce a type of social order.

    Now, what PC does do is limit the ability for people to say things that are just downright true, eventhough it may cause hurt feelings or, and this is the real reason behind all of PC, suggest that some things are better than others which, in turn, suggests that things are unequal. Now, if there is one thing the left doesn’t like its unequality-in the defacto sense.

    Asymmetric

  3. An who determines what is the proper language?

    I defend everyone’s right to be Politically-Incorrect!

    ray

  4. Nelson, the banning of the use of any word by a a governmental authority, regardless of how much it hurts, is fascism/communism. Now do we control our speech to some extent so as not to offend? Yes. But I never shy away from speaking my mind and using the redundancy “idiot liberal” whenever I feel like it. If someone doesn’t like it, they can respond or hit the back button. As for the so-called sexist terms that want to be eliminated in normal usage, this is intended as a way to further feminize and emasculate men. It has been a tactic since the 60s and it continues today.

  5. George,

    Jose Reyes at cubanology.com has a great post regarding Political Correctness (PC).

    I wish you well 🙂 Melek

    http://cubanology.com/Articles/political_correctness.htm

    “Political Correctness remains just what it was intended to be: a sophisticated and dangerous form of censorship and oppression, imposed upon the citizenry with the ultimate goal of manipulating, brainwashing and destroying our society.”~ A.B

  6. George says: now you’re being a libertarian!

    Instead of a libertarian, you can call me a conservartive rationalist.

    Here’s a question for you george, what’s your position on goverment legislating morality? I want to see if we see eye to eye on this one. Now it seems to me if you are an adovate of allowing spiced speech, then you are you an advocate of allowing spiced marriages?

    ray

  7. Yes, I didn’t notice that. The government should definately not limit speech. I ammend my post. Let’s say that one does use a derogatory term for somebody to reinforce the social order: If that’s his political opinion, then why should it be excluded? He likes that social order.

  8. This anti-sexist Orwellian office-speak is a bunch of crock. It’s crap in Ireland and it is crap here. People inside and outside the office crack sexist jokes and gripe and mock all the put political correctness….. they just don’t do it openly to avoid getting hammered on the job.

    It’s hypocritical and creates a double standard. Exhibit A: The lesbian in my office plasters pictures of her lesbian TV and movie icons and flashes a rainbow flag in her work station. But I can’t put up a picture of my favorite hunk.

    I can’t wait for the day — soon — when I quit that job, and give my notice wearing my favorite T-shirt: Silhouettes of man and woman holding hands with the caption, “STRAIGHT POWER.”

    And yes, government legislates morality — all day long: it’s called your state and federal Congress.

  9. George, you think the office is bad? Try writing a college essay. I find myself hitting the backspace key more often than the space key. When your grade at a Liberal Northeast University may hinge on whether you use businessman instead of businessperson, newspeak and PC takes on a whole new meaning. And I say *may* because, in all honesty, no professor has ever told me I have to be PC. But one gets the hint after the 100th class reading on sexism in advertising.

  10. Ridiculous. I can understand discouraging the use of actual derogatory terms but “lady” and “woman?” They can’t be serious! It used to be an honor to be called a lady. It meant you were refined & well-mannered, and respected. But now it’s “officially” offensive. I can’t stand it.

  11. Okay, you’re right. Too far is very simply too far, but there are some points I have to admit make sense here. I have no problem at all if someone calls me a lady, and I am one of the ‘girls in the office,’ so I have no problem being referred to as such, but I don’t want some complete stranger calling me dear, honey, doll or sweetheart. And it’s not just a feminist thing, it could just be an age thing. Every woman remembers the first time someone called her ma’am. Older women don’t want to be called ma’am, because it indicates their age. Younger women don’t want to be called sweetie or dear, because, likewise, it indicades their age. I’m not twelve, you’re not my grandfather, you’re not my boyfriend or lover, therefore I am not your baby, don’t call me one. Yes, it indicates inferiority, but it’s not just about the PC bs, it’s also just a matter of knowing someone. Affectionate terms are best used by someone you have affection for, and you, my kind sir, have known me all of two seconds, so back up the biscuit truck.

    As for specifying a gender with a title, I don’t get it, but I wouldn’t hold it against someone who did it. A lady curator, woman driver, yadda yadda, okay, whatever, no problem. I don’t know why it’s needed, but I probably wouldn’t think twice about the reference. If someone said ‘female host’ on the other hand, I’d definitely raise a brow, but that’s just strange. A manager is a manager, the person who seats you at a restaurant is a host or hostess, the person waiting on you is a waiter or a waitress, and damn it all to hell, but they are stewardesses, not flight attendants of aircraft personel. If you’re a male flight attendant, you’re a steward, but when I hit that little light above the seat to ask for a pillow I’m going to say ‘I’m calling the stewardess’ without considering whether the ‘person’ with the ‘outward genetalia’ will be offended by my language or not. Manpower is manpower, a manhole cover is a manhole cover, man your battle stations will never be replaced by place yourself in the appropriate battle location, and even Ms. Steinem herself will likely tell you that a woman who’s offended by a man holding open the door for her needs to pull the rod out of her posterior.

    ‘Nuff said, Chris

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