"Political Correctness Gone Mad"

Discussion in 'The Human Condition' started by Yithian, Jan 19, 2004.

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  1. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Only the poster who thought it was PC Gone Mad can answer that. I guess he thinks it was.

    I disagree.
     
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  2. Min Bannister

    Min Bannister Justified & Ancient

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    I don't think this is a free speech issue. He is deputy governor of the Bank of England and he has just publicly called menopausal women "past it". It's an arsehole thing to say and he is an arsehole for saying it. I don't see what is wrong with criticising him for it.
     
  3. Shady

    Shady WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU?

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    I thought he was using the term as a way of saying it was unpredictable
     
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  4. Min Bannister

    Min Bannister Justified & Ancient

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    I don't think that would have made it okay..

    This is the quote from the article.

     
  5. Shady

    Shady WHOOOOOOO ARE YOU?

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    I, in all honesty, still, do not find it offensive. But, thank you for the clarification
     
  6. onetwothree

    onetwothree Ephemeral Spectre

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    Yes. It's a very rude and sweeping statement. I thought it was just a bit of a strange adjective to use until I saw his qualifier.
     
  7. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Had to laugh at the BBC newsreader who accidentally called him "Men" Broadbent.
     
  8. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    'Menopausal' is a term that applies to both genders, so nobody should assume the reference was about women.
     
  9. GNC

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    Well, I'm insulted too, then.
     
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  10. Yithian

    Yithian Parish Watch Staff Member

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    I'm also insulted, and so's my dog.
     
  11. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    That's a funny name for a dog.
     
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  12. Min Bannister

    Min Bannister Justified & Ancient

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    In what way is it applied to men?
     
  13. onetwothree

    onetwothree Ephemeral Spectre

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    I have never, ever heard this term in anything other than in relation to women.
     
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  14. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Have you heard of 'the male menopause'? It's a thing.
     
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    Min Bannister Justified & Ancient

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    I have heard of the "manopause". It's a thing but a different thing. Menopause is specifically the cessation of menstruation. The clue is in the name!
     
  16. jimv1

    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    You mean ‘Manopause’.
     
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  17. jimv1

    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    The Manopause is when you get hot flushes, red-faced and become right wing and a racist bigot. It’s an unpreventable change. Like hair sprouting out of your ever-growing nose and ears.
     
  18. Frideswide

    Frideswide Princess (PeteByrdie Certificated)

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    Mytho, people who do not menstruate and ovulate do not get a menopause.
     
  19. Andy X

    Andy X Portent

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    https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/male

    Edit: Just to reassure male members (you know what I mean) I've seen a couple more articles suggesting that some medical professionals prefer the more gender-specific term 'andropause', and that it doesn't necessarily always mean a sudden drop in testosterone once you get past 50, although there is generally a slow decrease over time. And yet the Male Menopause remains a recognised Thing - a package of age-related symptoms - including weight gain, depression and difficulty concentrating (except on fast red cars, leather trousers and secretaries) and physical changes.

    It's probably simpler to just decide that regardless of gender you're pretty much knackered after about 27 :-(

    Which might explain those dead rock stars.
     
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  20. blessmycottonsocks

    blessmycottonsocks Justified & Ancient

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    Why?

    I don't believe that Ben Broadbent knowingly set out to offend a few middle-aged women.
    He was searching for a metaphor to describe an economy that was mature but with diminishing productivity.

    It's an original, slightly odd and arguably clumsy metaphor but surely only the professionally offended would have such a hissy fit about it?
     
  21. jimv1

    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    Odd that the world of economics have never developed a word for this. I’ve just had to look through a financial document and apart from this, they seem to have EVERY eventuality covered in minute detail.
     
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    Not an attempt to lash out at the nearest un-PC person, this, more a clumsy admixture of our old friend Virtue Signalling and the demonising of 'Brexiteers' - who, with starling originality and faultless logic, we're reminded are 'Daily Mail readers'. :rolleyes:

    If I understand any of this correctly, Moffat himself chose not to genderbend the Doc earlier because some viewers hate women or something. Yet the headline states quite plainly that it was these notional Doctor deserters who are directly responsible.

    You might have noticed this sort of blurring-of- cause-and-effect tactic frequently from BBC News, for (fictional) example by way of illustration:


    • Activist(s) kick up stink on social media over picture on box of breakfast cereal being transphobic.
    • BBC reports "Cereal packaging sparks transphobia row"
    • Followed by "Here's why you probably thought it was still OK to buy transphobic museli in 2018"
    Here's the story:

     
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  23. Quake42

    Quake42 Warrior Princess

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    Just to be clear on what Broadbent *actually* said and the context in which he said it.

    In an interview with the Telegraph he compared the UK economy to the “climacteric” growth of the 1880s and (presumably when the journalist looked at him blankly) went on to clarify that the word mean “menopausal, but can apply to both genders... it means you’ve passed your productive peak”.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...land-ben-broadbent-productivity-a8353671.html

    So there you go. Stay your pitchforks. Or, maybe sharpen them. I’m sure there’ll be anothe source for faux outrage tomorrow.
     
  24. Andy X

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    Not wishing to trivialise the issue...this is confusing to me as try as I might I keep picturing Jim Broadbent, the popular actor, being chased across a barren moor.
     
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    That’s quite poetic.
     
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    Andy X Portent

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    maximus otter Recovering policeman

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    Indeed. One might become a social leper.

    Oops.

    maximus otter
     
  28. blessmycottonsocks

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    Must admit that one misappropriation of a medical condition that does annoy me is the American usage of "dumb", which describes an inability to speak (usually resulting from congenital deafness) , but is gaining traction as a synonym for "stupid".
     
  29. Andy X

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    Somewhat agree, yet we've been talking about 'dumb animals' (that's probably speciesist Hate Speech now) for a long, long time. Plenty of English words have contextual double meanings without causing confusion.
     
  30. Krepostnoi

    Krepostnoi Bug Bunny

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    For once, Min, I don't entirely agree with your first sentence, although I am in accord with the rest of your post. I think the reaction to criticism of his remark is very much a freedom of speech issue: we're supposed to tolerate, nay, welcome the public airing of much more reprehensible views from people with legitimate economic concernsracists, sexists and other bigots - see eg some of the appalling posts on the Islam threads on this very website - due to the fetishisation of this notion of freedom of speech or, in a slightly more sophisticated version, appeals to the "marketplace of ideas". Yet, strangely enough, as soon as some counter-opinions are brought to that marketplace, for example that perhaps we might consider being a little more respectful of women, or people of colour, or other minorities, the very same voices speak up in a chorus of "censorship" and "PC gorn mad". Isn't that strange? It's almost as though for some people "freedom of speech" means the freedom to say all manner of offensive things and not then be called out on it.
     
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