They say it’s best not to write something when you’re angry. How about when you’re perplexed, confounded, immersed in the phrase – WTF!!??
I’ve had plenty of discussions around the idea of political correctness over the last year, in particular for how it’s been used in various topics on Aboriginal issues. In these cases, I believe the correct usage of the P.C. definition applies. That is, as defined as this, the result of a simple Google search:
- the avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.
- … Or the more urban version: when the desire to be offensive at the expense of someone in a weaker position socially, economically, or in health is taken away thereby making your own offensiveness day less easy or fun.
It’s a short diatribe, but to me it’s one loaded with worthy points to ponder, particularly for the idea of feminism, and women’s rights to complete equality with an equal dose of general respect. And please, haters of the word feminism, please stop equating it with a request to ignore simple manners and common courtesies that everyone should be employing regardless of gender.
The story that began this moment of umbrage is also short.
I had to change a password used for a national alarm security company. I had to change the password that I’ve had for eight years up to this point because it was recently declared offensive. The word(s) of offense was: fat ass.
Like many people, I grew up understanding that donkeys are asses, and that’s what we called them. However, for the purposes of this note, I don’t think the other version helps their case either.
The reason the alarm company thought it was offensive?
“Because if a ‘woman’ had to call me to check on a possible security breach ‘she could’ take it the wrong way”.
Let that sink in.
‘Cause you know, we women are just that much more sensitive about farm animals and our personal associations with them.
Regardless of that, have we really been found such a delicate gender that we all would automatically adopt that word as a personal affront? Especially in answer to an innocuous request for one’s password?
I spoke with three different employees at that alarm company. They were all unmoved by my thoughts. They simply reaffirmed that they must take care of their female employees and they have determined that the word ass is harmful, particularly if the word fat precedes it. Apparently their male employees have larger ass shields and are more able to handle the ‘ass•ault’.
They insisted I change my long-held password, and so I capitulated, stomped down by the hooves of cloven sensitivity.
Or could it be that I am just unaware of my own new level of insensitivity?
P.S. I just want to send a quick high five thank you to my new followers. I really appreciate your support, and I endeavor to meet all of you at your own sites at some point, however I admit to being a slow reader. Please take no offense.