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Imbeciles of the world - fuck off (or the rant of the master and slave brigade) - The Paranoid Android
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Imbeciles of the world - fuck off (or the rant of the master and slave brigade)
I spoke about this last night, and feel I should document it here as the point in which the world really did go to shit.

In California, electrical devices are no longer to be labelled as "Master" or "Slave." [link to Snopes]

Now I'm all for a level of political correctness... you know the more sensible ideas... like allowing women to vote and work and stuff... but this really does take the biscuit. I had heard rumours of motherboards being replace by main boards, but that was never confirmed. This story has been all over the place.

I want to meet the guy who started it all. He must have thought it would be a big joke to "complain" to his "Office of Affirmative Action Compliance." I refuse to believe he was really offended.

Dictionary.com suggests the number one meaning of master is:
One that has control over another or others
whilst the forth meaning of slave is
A machine or component controlled by another machine or component.

Are we now to update the dictionary so the only meanings of the words "Master" and "Slave" are in relation to the imprisonment and subsequent servitude of Africans until the late 18th century?

The article on snopes reminds me of some of the other fucked up attempts of political correctness that only end up making a mockery of the problems they are trying to solve.

It mentions "chairperson" and "fire-fighter" as opposed to chairman and fireman. The problem was, and in some cases still is, that people only associate men with chairman and fireman. The answer to the problem is for more women to become chairmen and firemen, not to change the names. If you follow the fucked up logic of renaming everything will we all become peoplekind? Will we have to ensure the phones are peopled at all times? Perhaps we'll end up changing species and become hupeople. (See note at bottom behind cut)

Renaming the dairy produce carrier does not solve the problem. Getting a bunch of old farts around a table to find out the next thing they can outlaw in the name of progress is not the way to solve the problem.

So what is needed? I hear you cry. Rather than criticise what's being done wrong I should be working out how to do it right! - right?

How about starting with television. Don't rename the chairman of the board, cast a woman for the job. Cut back on the number of stereotypes used in shows. Show men at home looking after the kids. Show people of minorities (ethnic or otherwise) doing something TOTALLY unrelated to their stereotype.

It's the preconceptions like doctor is man and nurse is woman that need to be sorted rather than adding gender specific titles to all roles. I wonder at the sanity of people who introduce themselves as a "male nurse" when they are clearly male. Should we have Doctoresses? Female Doctors?

When you add a gender specification to a title are you not stating there is a difference between the two roles? "I would have loved to have been a nurse, but unfortunately I have a penis, so can only be a male nurse." Perhaps it's even worse than that... "I would have loved to have been a doctor - but I'm too stupid, so I got the girls job instead... but I don't like being called a girl so I add a male prefix"

Am I being unreasonable with my hatred to these political correctness nazis, or are there others out there that feel the same way? If there are others how is it we don't have a voice in these decisions. Why are none of us able to say to these imbeciles "That's a stupid idea, go away and think it through."

Perhaps I really am alone in these opinions... that's a very, very scary thought.

(Dictionary.com has a usage note for man as following:
Usage Note: Traditionally, many writers have used man and words derived from it to designate any or all of the human race regardless of sex. In fact, this is the oldest use of the word. In Old English the principal sense of man was "a human," and the words wer and wyf (or wæpman and wifman) were used to refer to "a male human" and "a female human" respectively. But in Middle English man displaced wer as the term for "a male human," while wyfman (which evolved into present-day woman) was retained for "a female human." Despite this change, man continued to carry its original sense of "a human" as well, resulting in an asymmetrical arrangement that many criticize as sexist. ·Nonetheless, a majority of the Usage Panel still accepts the generic use of man, although the women members have significantly less enthusiasm for this usage than the men do. For example, the sentence If early man suffered from a lack of information, modern man is tyrannized by an excess of it is acceptable to 81 percent of the Panelbut a breakdown by sex shows that only 58 percent of the women Panelists accept it, while 92 percent of the men do. A majority of the Panel also accepts compound words derived from generic man. The sentence The Great Wall is the only man-made structure visible from space is acceptable to 86 percent (76 percent of the women and 91 percent of the men). The sentence "The history of language is the history of mankind" (James Bradstreet Greenough and George Lyman Kittredge) is acceptable to 76 percent (63 percent of the women and 82 percent of the men). The Panel finds such compounds less acceptable when applied to women, however; only 66 percent of the Panel members (57 percent of the women and 71 percent of the men) accept the use of the word manpower in the sentence Countries that do not permit women to participate in the work force are at a disadvantage in competing with those that do avail themselves of that extra source of manpower. ·Similar controversy surrounds the generic use of -man compounds to indicate occupational and social roles. Thus the use of chairman in the sentence The chairman will be appointed by the Faculty Senate is acceptable to 67 percent of the Panel (52 percent of the women and 76 percent of the men). Approval rates fall much further, however, for -man compounds applied to women. Only 48 percent (43 percent of the women and 50 percent of the men) accept the use of the word in Emily Owen, chairman of the Mayor's Task Force, issued a statement assuring residents that their views would be solicited. A majority of the Panelists also rejects the verb man when used to refer to an activity performed by women. Fifty-six percent of the Panel (61 percent of the women and 54 percent of the men) disapprove of the sentence Members of the League of Women Voters will be manning the registration desk.
what will never fail to amaze me is that some of the female members of this panel are fine about male chairmen, but feel a woman should be a chairperson. Isn't this a form of sexism in itself?)

Current Mood: scared scared

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seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: November 28th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Calling the machine a slave makes it sad, and unproductive.
scaree From: scaree Date: November 28th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
We have a Server and an extension at work and they are sad and unproductive.
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: November 28th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you imagine how they would perform if you took away their freedom?
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: November 28th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
This is just so inane. I'm all for a certain degree of PCness, like yourself, and I don't advocate calling handicapped folks "retards" or gay folks "queers." But like many things, PC has been taken too far, and I think people just sit around looking for something to be offended by. I was pissed when the Servis people sent ME a warranty form for the washing machine YOU bought, but I don't mind being a part of mankind. Well, I wouldn't if mankind weren't so fucking stupid, but such is life.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: November 28th, 2003 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Taken too far .. like being told off for requesting a cup of black coffee, when instead the person in question should have requested a cup of coffee, without cream ...
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: November 28th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Argh! It's fucking BLACK coffee!

I flatly refuse to request "a cup of coffee, without cream." I will, from this point on, request either dark brown or beige coffee. And when people look at me like I'm stupid, I will proudly proclaim, "Hey, it's not as stupid as making it a capital offense to ask for a cup of black fucking coffee." And then I'll probably be asked to leave, but that's okay, because I don't like black coffee anyway.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: November 28th, 2003 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
scaree From: scaree Date: November 28th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)

no longer to be labelled as "Master" or "Slave."

perhaps we should call them shoulder and chip
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: November 28th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: no longer to be labelled as "Master" or "Slave."

*snork!* Too bloody right.
dixiedew From: dixiedew Date: November 28th, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another reason why I love you....Good common sense!
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