University yoga class canceled because of ‘oppression, cultural genocide’

I for one am fed up with this cultural appropriation bullshit.

Call the stretching exercises something else.  Like Stretching Exercises based on Yoga.

I guess all the TaeKwondo, Karate and Kung-fu schools are going to have to close too.

No more studying languages other than your own or reading books, watching movies outside your own culture.  Better yet outside your own particular identity group classification.

Absolute conformity to your designated identity community is mandatory otherwise you could be labeled as having a psychiatric disorder called ODD (Opposition Defiant Disorder).

Wait I saw movies from this dystopian nightmare.  The series is called Divergent and is based on a young adult series by the same name.

Fuck me.  Being anti-authority/questioning authority/not being a good sheeple makes one mentally ill in the Brave New World Order.  Resisting the 24/7 programming is being …  Well for want of a better term Divergent.

I should have known I was in deep shit some 20 years ago when I faced ostracism for resisting the ideology of the Transgender Borg Collective

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in a place where I was immersed in the history of the American Revolution I considered my rights and freedom to decide things for myself to be innate, as natural as a breath of mountain air.  I saw myself as an individual endowed with with basic rights including the ability think for myself.

Telling people they can’t study things and learn for themselves about the world around them is the worst sort of totalitarianism.  It imposes ignorance and places that ignorance on a pedestal of correct thinking.

I don’t give a shit if it is the right wing denying the importance to others of their particular holidays that come at the end of the year or denying sex education or denying climate change.  Fuck those who claim sacred status for yoga and other exercise techniques.  Fuck those who demand the world conform to their particular ideology. I don’t give a shit if it is so called progressives demanding I believe their bullshit and accommodate their ultra sensitivities.

You can believe what ever the fuck you want.  But I will go to war to defend my right to believe something different if my learning and life experiences have taught me something different.

From The Washington Post:

November 23, 2015

In studios across the nation, as many as 20 million Americans practice yoga every day. Few worry that their downward dogs or warrior poses disrespect other cultures.

But yoga comes from India, once a British colony. And now, at one Canadian university, a yoga class designed to include disabled students has been canceled after concerns the practice was taken from a culture that “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy,” according to the group that once sponsored it.

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post, Jennifer Scharf, who taught the class for up to 60 people at the University of Ottawa, said she was unhappy about the decision, but accepted it.

“This particular class was intro to beginners’ yoga because I’m very sensitive to this issue,” she said. “I would never want anyone to think I was making some sort of spiritual claim other than the pure joy of being human that belongs to everyone free of religion.”

The trouble began on Sept. 7. That’s when Scharf, who said she had taught a class since 2008 through the school’s Centre for Students with Disabilities — part of the university’s Student Federation — got an e-mail.

“I have unfortunate news,” the e-mail from a student representative of the center read. “Apparently our centre has chosen not to do yoga for programming this year. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns in regards to this and I am welcome to explain. Thank you so much for volunteering to do yoga over the past couple years. It has truly been wonderful and I hope to stay in touch in the future.” (Scharf provided the e-mail exchange to The Post, but removed the name of the representative so the person could not be identified, saying: “I don’t want to get anyone in trouble.” A message sent to the representative’s e-mail address was not immediately returned.)

Scharf was sorry to hear of the cancellation — attributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to the University of Ottawa Student Federation, which describes itself as the “instrument of political action” for the undergraduate population at the university.

“That’s disappointing news for sure, is there someone I can speak to about this?” she wrote. “Do you know why the decision was made? I don’t mind doing it for free so if money is a concern, that’s no problem.”

Money was not a concern, however. Culture was.

“I think that our centre agreed … that while yoga is a really great idea, accessible and great for students, that there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice,” the response read. “I have heard from a couple students and volunteers that feel uncomfortable with how we are doing yoga while we claim to be inclusive at the same time.”

Explaining that yoga has a fraught history, the representative continued.

“Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced and what practices from what cultures (which are often sacred spiritual practices) they are being taken from,” the e-mail read. “Many of these cultures are cultures that have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy, and we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves and while practicing yoga.”

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3 Responses to “University yoga class canceled because of ‘oppression, cultural genocide’”

  1. Sharon Sinéad Gaughan Says:

    Each generation brings with it an elevated talent for whining. Poor babies. They don’t know what real suffering is like.

    • Suzan Says:

      A few years back Todd Gitlin, a former SDS member and Author of “Years of Hope, Days of Rage” wrote a book titled “The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars”

      I think all the identity bullshit has overwhelmed people’s ability to put themselves in the shoes of others. Identity uber alles coupled with the search for villains in order to avoid any possible responsibility for one’s own plight seems to be the new way of shifting blame.

      It is that time of year when we are supposed to mourn all the slain trans-women without asking who did the murders or suggesting that even another form of sex work might mitigate some of the risks and loss of lives.

      “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

  2. mizknowitall Says:

    Ohhh for shits sake! If I wasn’t seeing this same idiocy everywhere I turn I’d have thought this a piece by “The Onion!” Sadly, it’s not!
    Frankly? I just don’t get it! Its like a tsunsmi of fear has washed over the entirety of America! The Right is trying so hard to hold onto the myth that was the 1960s TV land, whilst the Left is so constipated by sensitivity that they can’t step into any sort of shit without worrying that it’ll offend someone!
    Me? I’m an old hippy chick, still holding onto the ideals that we can be better, rejecting the paridigms that keep us from doing so, and above all else, having an effing sense of humor! About me, about you, and most of all, about the absurdity that we call life!

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