More On Victimhood

THURSDAY 9-11-08…Political correctness has run amok in England continuing to grow a “victim class”. More and more are jumping at a chance to claim “victim hood.” I’ve already told you about the senior citizens who –after thirty seven years–suddenly became offended by the road signs designed to slow motorists down when traveling through areas inhabited by seniors.

Then there was the lady in Atlanta who was “offended” by road signs reading “Men at Work” which caused officials in Atlanta to change all such signs to read “People at Work.”

Now comes word via the newspaper UK Telegraph that the term “Man on the Street” should no longer be used. A document put out by the Chichester District Council of West Sussex says the popular saying is based on the assumption that the world is male and makes the view or work of women invisible. It suggests that town hall officers use “general public” which is a positive and less offensive alternative.

And that’s not all. The guide also kills off the phrase “manning the switchboard” and suggests “staffing” or “running the switchboard” instead.

Not all officials are amused. The chairman of the council says “This kind of thing really gets my goat. It’s not as though anybody in their right mind would believe that “man on the street” referred solely to the male sex. It’s just stupid. I’ve never heard anything like it. I think political correctness is one of the most ghastly things about our society. It’s one of the most repulsive things ever to be invented.”

But another disagreed saying “We introduced this because as community leaders, we must be aware of what modern society requires of the public sector, and this includes the sensitivity of various individuals and current thinking in society.”

That, folks will open the door to even more “victims” coming forward to claim they’re “offended” by something. Being “offended” is the new fad for anyone craving attention.

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One Response

  1. Next thing you know, they’ll be claiming that the song “Man on the Run” is politically incorrect as well.

    Maybe it’s just me, but “General Public on the Run” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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