Monday, January 14, 2013

“The life of an ant and that of my child should be granted equal consideration.”

Via The Daily Timewaster

Old, but first I've seen it. Where do these people come from?

Ding Dong

Political correctness has run amok. Conversations have, by necessity, become so careful and bland as to often be virtually meaningless. Often without rhyme or reason, I find myself tiptoeing around verbal eggshells lest I risk someone taking offense where absolutely none is intended. The simplest, most innocent-seeming words no longer have simple, innocent meanings.

Political correctness started with human-based movements of the 60’s (most notably Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation). It has led to a radical change in our lexicon, changing or eliminating words that were once considered either gender neutral or meant no offense. But someone (the proverbial “they”) glommed onto them as referring to gender, so they had to be eradicated. Take, for instance, a word like “chairman.” It used to refer to a person who heads a board or committee, but because of the suffix “man,” the “movement” deemed it sexist. So it was replaced by “chairperson” or worse still, the gender neutral piece of furniture, “chair.” (I might understand if the pronunciation had emphasized the second syllable, but it’s pronounced chair-muhn. Most peoples’ spelling is so poor these days, would most even notice that it includes the word “man?”)

But I jest—and this is a serious topic. You are most likely wondering what, if anything, this has to do with dogs and dog training. My point is that the political correctness of the “rights” and “liberation” movements of the 60’s has morphed into and taken over animals. More importantly, if we dog lovers are not diligent, aware, and prepared to fight, we face serious dangers.

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