1. smhll says

    I kind of love this. The howls that I hear from people who have never had to consider the impact of their words on people (or on people who aren’t their boss) and the shock that they are expected to think before they speak sometimes and be considerate are awfully loud on the internet. I think most marginalized people have always had to be careful about what they say lest someone lash out at them.

  2. Blanche Quizno says

    I was looking for a certain something to end my day with. Something that would tie up all (or most) of the loose ends, so that I could go to sleep in some semblance of peace, however temporary. I didn’t know where I might find such a thing. So, reflexively, I was going through my emailbox. And I found this.

    This comic fit the bill.

    Thank you. Good night.

  3. Katydid says

    What’s even funnier is when you gore their ox. When the usual suspects blather on and on and on, I like to bring up the latest right-wing stupidity –suddenly, the people who carry on about not being “PC” and PROUD not to be so, are have their widdle fee-fees all huwwwt. Freeze Peach for ME, but not for THEE, indeed.

  4. says

    On the subject of “PC” … would anybody care to enlighten me? Where, and in what context, did the term arise? If the term was coined by those who are against promoting some awareness of how language colours our perceptions of each other, it’s totally genius. For it does immediately evoke an image of thought police and 1984 and Stasi and I don’t know what – things I can’t imagine anyone being in favour of. And if it was coined by someone in favour of such awareness and sensitivity, what a PR disaster that was. So what’st the scoop? I suspect the term had been in use for years before I became aware of it.

  5. says

    Oh, and by the way, I did link to that cartoon when it appeared a month ago. It’s at #78 in the withdrawing room. In retrospect, I realize that I should have provided some sort of summary to entice readers to follow the link.

  6. says

    Oops. Sorry I missed that, Harald.

    “PC” started decades ago as an in-joke on the left. It was a familial, self-critical type joke about allies who were too pious or self-righteous or purist. The right appropriated it at some point in the 80s.

  7. says

    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the history mini-lesson. I am old enough I should have remembered it, but perhaps the left in my parts of the world weren’t in on the in-joke.
    And no need to apologize. I need to be more forthright about what I am trying to say, hopefully without becoming the guy in the cartoon.

  8. Uncle Ebeneezer says

    Love it. Did anyone else hear the voice of Richard Dawkins while reading this?

    Hmm the cartoon does bear a little resemblance. Though more like a bastard love child of Dawkins, Hercule Poirot and Edgar Allen Poe.

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