I’m really tired of the banning of words. I’m really over the passive aggressive bullshit about trigger warnings from people who use their ultra sensitivity as a club and a way of demonstrating their superiority.
Yeah I grew up poor, working class and bullied.
Yes I have been raped. On more than one occasion I have had my life threatened by people who had weapons in hand and were quite capable of murdering me.
I have been subjected to slurs and discrimination.
When I have been knocked down I got up again. I have grieved for my losses and celebrated my personal victories.
In Texas we call that Cowgirling up. It means getting back on a horse after having been thrown.
Words are not the problem. Banning words does nothing to change the reality of discrimination.
It is action with out real results. Sort of like Occupy.
Activist image polishing and brand building, a way of demonstrating one’s political sensitivity creds.
The following is a post that appeared on Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership: http://jpfo.org/articles-assd04/not-my-problem.htm
By Susan Callaway, aka Mama Liberty
July 15th, 2014
Not my problem. I’m sure a lot of people would consider that a harsh thing to say, but if you’ll stay with me a bit you should easily see that it is the only real answer to the whole “politically correct” thing sweeping this country and, incidentally, the world.
“You made me mad. You didn’t make me happy. I’m offended.” You can probably add a hundred more such phrases people use to control what you do, say and even what you believe. That’s exactly what happens when a few people can choose any word or object, assign a specific (often NEW and ugly) meaning to it, and then demand that nobody use that word or object because it “makes them feel”… whatever.
Let’s look first at the premise that someone can actually “make” another person FEEL anything. How does that work, exactly? Vulcan mind meld? Is it not a fact that each person simply REACTS to outside stimulus, and the perception of sad, mad, happy, etc. is actually their own response? That response can most certainly be painful, even harmful psychologically in vulnerable people, but the person who supplies the stimulus is not, therefore, actually responsible for the feelings because he/she has no control over what another person perceives or what their response will be. The person with the feelings is actually the responsible person and, to a great extent, chooses the response based on their own beliefs and preferences. History is replete with every kind of race, tribe and ethnic conflict, but none of it can shift true responsibility from the person with the feelings to someone else.
A great many people have lost sight of that fact, and the new privileged classes have managed to politicize their hurt feelings into actual laws, criminalizing the words and actions their feelings and perceptions find objectionable. Criminalization of ordinary words and inanimate objects does not seem like a good path toward a polite and peaceful society. Recent history seems to support the more rational conclusion that attempting to force people to do and say things results in escalating resentment and even hatreds.
But of course, the shoe does not fit at all on the other foot. I think it is clear to most people how many screeds and threats come from the mouths and pens of certain “protected” persons (and those who shill for them) against anyone they perceive as not obeying their demands. Somehow, it is impossible for them to be “racist” or “hateful,” and their written and spoken threats are never seen as damaging to those they say should be caged, murdered or worse.
For some reason, the privileged one believes he/she should be able to dictate how others speak or act, yet totally rejects any limitations on their own behavior. How does that work? If mere words are seriously harmful, why doesn’t that work both ways?
I never have, and never would, deliberately say or do anything intended to harm, insult, demean or harass any other person, always seeking to be courteous and non-threatening. I simply don’t ever intend to have someone else define that for me… especially with threats and violence under color of law. I absolutely refuse to accept any false guilt for speaking my mind, especially when that false guilt is predicated on things my long dead ancestors did, or might have done.
Seems to me that responsibility for “feelings” has to be handed back to the people who actually own it.
July 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm
“It is action with out real results. Sort of like Occupy. … Directionless wankery.”
… this seems to be the reductio ad absurdum of our so-called “culture” nowadays, that a single whiner displaying symptoms of a severe personality disorder is supposed to be entitled to tell everyone else in the world to shut up?
Damn, that’s stupid. No, I take that back: that’s a prescription for totalitarianism.
As for trauma, the varieties of human suffering really can’t be compared, except to say in my own case that despite having been run over and mauled by “Mental Health Services” – SPITS – here in New York in ways most people can’t imagine (such as spending 15 months behind two rows of security fence topped with razor wire at the Rochester Regional Forensic Unit while sane!, I still wouldn’t trade my life for anybody else’s… not anybody’s.
Hell, GET OVER IT!
– As a punk rocker, I’m not supposed to like the Eagles, it’s a violation of some kind of Holy Code to which we’re supposed to adhere;
… as a punk rocker!, I say
GET THE FUCK OFF MY REVOLUTION! and mind your own business.