I HAVE A confession to make - I am a "Mrs" - actually happy and proud to be one but apparently according to a news report this Friday morning it's now considered "un-PC". You may wonder why calling yourself a Mrs is now offensive? The reason given is that transvestites don't know in which category they fall, man or woman, when filling out forms etc. As unbelievable as this sounds to me, the PC Police are now demanding that Mrs, Mr and Miss be removed from forms.
I do wonder what the agenda is of these people who insist on telling us what is acceptable and what's not. The power they have to change things, whether the majority want them or not, is undeniably huge. Who recruits them and from where? Who funds them and how much are they paid? I only ask this as its probably you and me that foots the bill.
The fact that I am offended, that I am no longer a Mrs, matters not a jot it would seem.
Just how many transvestites are there, that are so sensitive that we all have to change in order to accommodate their lifestyle choice? After all, if there are so many transvestites why not just add the word to official forms? This, the report goes on, would single them out, make them different from everyone else.
Without stating the obvious or making a judgement, I suggest that by definition they are different from most of us but then again I may have led a sheltered life (and after reading 50 Shades of Grey, I suspect I have).
The PC Police are only marginally worse than the Health and Safety lot and I can only assume they sit in an enviromentally safe office somewhere dreaming up the next wheeze. They get away with it of course as it's a hanging offence if you disagree with them. We often blame the EU for many petty and silly laws (quite rightly) but our own lot take a bit of beating. Who on earth are these people that make most of us boil with anger at the infringement of our day to day lives?
How, I ask myself, has mankind managed to survive up to now, most of us offending no one, nor causing injury to the health or well being of others. To most of us common courtesy prevails in how we speak and treat others. To most of us we know that when we put that fag in our mouth, or choose not to wear a helmet when we ride a bike, there's a risk involved, but that's our choice to make. George Orwell's 1984 is beginning to look like a fairy story by comparison.
Of course politicians hijack political correctness, they like telling us how to live our lives. Parents are now unable to take pictures of their children in nativity plays and I suspect before long the play itself will be offensive to some one and removed from our children's calendar. Apparently xmas has to be handled with care as it offends non christian believers and Santa is one lie to many for our children to cope with, how ridiculous.
A school in the midlands actually changed the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep, which has been sung by small children for generations, to Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep - I kid you not. Now I sang this rhyme when I was a child and indeed sang it to my children. It did not cause me to turn into a racist nor my children either.
Of course some things were never questioned in the past, maybe, I suspect, because people didn't look as deeply at things as they do now. I remember The Black and White Minstrel Show, the Gollywog on Robertson's jam, dark brown trousers being called nigger brown and Eric and Ernie in bed together and not questioning why. I don't believe for a minute though that these things were intended to be offensive it was just a sign of the times and, taken out of that context, people would frown on it today, not because we have been told to, just that common attitudes have changed.
The author Enid Blyton is now removed from reading lists in schools as being unsuitable for children, I can't for the life of me imagine why, and it would appear the Adventures of Tin Tin is to receive a similar fate. Cigarettes are to be hidden under the counter so that children are not tempted to smoke but pornagraphic magazines are still on display on the top shelf. It is against the law for children to buy either, but that's not enough for the PC Police.
Most of our councils are infiltrated with the PC brigade who are originally elected to make our cities run efficiently then go on to insist they have the right to change what we say and do, even in the privacy of our own homes. Believe me, we are only being "allowed" to bathe our children by the skin of our teeth, and you're certainly not allowed to take photographs of your child in the bath. Little did I know that the wonderful pictures I have of my children enjoying bath time are now considered offensive. Before long your child will have to be fully clothed to bathe and as for having a smoke and a drink in your own home, the writing's on the wall.
If only the PC Police, politicians and health and safety groups thought it un-PC to lie, steal and generally mislead us all, I could perhaps be won round to the point of it all, but then they would all be out of a job.