Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy | The Long Read on The Guardian
“Of course, even if the lupine origins of the alpha-male trope weren’t obsolete, the notion that the term can even apply to human social structures is inherently absurd.”
It’s become unfashionable to talk about The System as a mechanism for oppression, but let’s ask ourselves the ever-relevant question made famous by Cicero: cui bono?
It would be nice to think that there weren’t still ignorant twerps repeating the idea that the lawsuit was unfounded/frivolous/a grave miscarriage against a poor defenceless megacorporation/harrumph/wharrgarbl, but sadly there still are.
In 1968, some activists demonstrated against the Miss America beauty pageant and threw objects of “female oppression” – bras, high-heeled shoes, girdles, curlers – into a trash can. They were arguing about liberation – there was never any bra-burning – but the myth of the feminist as a bra-burner was created by the western media. There was also a crucial word missed in the description of the trashed bras.
“Each star marks a US military base, but just so we’re all clear: Iran is threatening us; we’re not threatening them.”
Thucydides, describing what happened when the Hellenes’ Great War veterans came home from the battlefields –
Quoted by commentor at Juan Cole’s blog back in January, but I didn’t end up posting it then. Just observing various blogstoushes has prompted me to post it now.
Scientists get death threats, that what happens.
Because I want a Facebook Like button on this. What would you put a ‘Like’ button on if you could? ETA: And then you find someone who’s done it so much better.
Who knew that advocating for single mothers to be NOT shamed and for their children to be adequately supported by society was tantamount to claiming that single motherhood was “the most advanced, liberating experience on the planet akin to putting a man on the moon”?