Monday, 3 October 2011

Correctness gone mad!

One of the fun aspects of the Daily Mail is that relatively minor changes in administrative procedures can seem earth-shatteringly, pants-tighteningly important. Imagine, for a second, that changing the name of a particular field on a passport application form could herald the death of thousands of years of civilisation and tradition as we know it. If your beloved, time-worn traditions are so entirely flimsy that they can be under threat by a simple choice of words, then congratulations! You have found your newspaper.

Today's Mail, then, is upset. Very upset. See, the liberals are at it again, and this time, they're coming for your mum and dad. And all because of the gays. Those meddling gays. In Goodbye, mother and father! Now Parent 1 and Parent 2 appear on PC passport form (direct link), we get a shocking insight into what the tree-hugging liberal do-gooders have gawn and done now:
For decades, passport applicants have been required to provide details of their mother and father.

But now, after pressure from the gay lobby, they will be given the option of naming ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’.
Oh my! That's disgus...oh, wait, it's fine, isn't it? It's really actually a pretty straightforward change which enables the Passport Office to get accurate data from everyone about people's legal, rather than biological, parents. Including, wait for it, those of us with a mum and dad. The Mail's story goes on to breathlessly blame all this horror on The Gay Lobby, only slightly undermining themselves with this bit:
Officials accepted that the move was made following lobbying from gay rights groups who claimed it was discriminatory.

But a spokesman for the Identity and Passport Service insisted it was necessary to incorporate same-sex parents on the form so that accurate information is collected.
Accurate information? What will these PC liberal Nazis want next? I bet they'll have to add extra lines for people who have three or more gay parents! That's what they're like, isn't it? Quick, get some rent-a-quote dickbag to denounce this travesty!
Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘Fathers and mothers are not interchangeable but have quite distinct roles to play in the care and nurture of their children.

‘To speak of “parent 1” and “parent 2” denigrates the place of both fathers and mothers.

‘Much as the equality and diversity social engineers might wish it were otherwise, it still takes a father and a mother to produce a child.’
Norman Wells, there, a man who apparently takes his cues about what he should call his parents entirely from passport application forms. Inspiring. Wells then goes on to make a point which is as self-defeating as it is joylessly bigoted;
‘It is high time ministers started to represent the interests of the country as a whole and not capitulate to every demand made by a vocal and unrepresentative minority.’
Just process that for a second. 'The country as a whole'. That's quite an interesting insight into this mindset ,there. See, what this relatively minor change does is to indeed serve the country as a whole, including people who were raised by same-sex parents, without in any way excluding the majority of people who weren't. What Wells is asking for there is instead the exclusion of a minority, in the face of a simple solution, just because of his pearl-clutching devotion to How Things Have Always Been Done. At the end of the piece, The Mail goes on to, quite bizarrely, parrot statistics about how few gay people there are in the country. The underlying message of all this, of course, being; you're gay, you're a minority, you don't count. Why should we change anything to help you?

There's very much a sense that this whole article was tossed off in a rush. Wells is surprisingly the only self-publicising loudmouth the Mail could find to back up their hell-in-a-handcart narrative. The rest, including the headline, is left to shady, unaccountable 'critics';
It has led to claims the official travel document is being turned into a ‘PC passport’.
And, in a photo caption;


Capitulating: Critics say the official travel document is being turned into a 'PC passport'
At no point are the identities of these 'critics' revealed. Perhaps they are too afraid to speak up publicly, lest Stonewall send in their big gay militia. Perhaps the critics are simply too numerous to name. Perhaps the critics are little voices nagging, nagging, nagging in the author's head that never stop talking in the night and won't go away and OH GOD MAKE THE VOICES STOP. Who knows? All we can know for sure is this; The Critics do not take too kindly to being made to be politically correct. Or, as we might more accurately call it in this case, correct.

5 comments:

  1. Seems strange nobody's pointed out that this also accommodates the very many people who have legal guardians and others in a parent role who are not their biological mother and father. If you have two fathers, one of whom is your Dad and the other who donated genetic material and sends £10 every birthday, it might feel a lie, a betrayal or an inaccuracy to cast either character as one's official "Father" (and beyond feelings, many people will be genuinely uncertain about what to put). Parent 1 and Parent 2 broaden the scope far beyond gay parenting, it just makes more sense.

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  2. In my day we didn't mess around. If you encountered a queer you beat him up. And he thanked you for it!
    He then recognised the error in his ways and checked into a clinic where they connected electrodes to his nuts and cured him.
    On being discharged he got married and had kids (then wished he'd stayed gay, but that's another story).
    Or did I read all that in the Daily Mail?

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  3. AARGGHH!

    they act as if having 'mother' and 'father' on the form wasn't discriminatory WHEN IT IS to so many people, not just the so-called gay lobby!

    they just don't care about the kind of endless undermining gay families have to put up with by even well meaning characters every single day.

    my friend had to have a meeting with a teacher when her 5 year old was expected to make a father's day card for a father she doesn't have. it's like, even the most well meaning teachers get things wrong, so that's why it's so important to ensure that equality is accepted across the board, as standard, everywhere in every official encounter.

    they need to have some respect that not every family looks like their own.

    it just makes me so angry. i mean, i grew up in a gay household although i have a father (who was married to my mum pre divorce and who i have always had contact with) so this particular legal guardian issue had less of an impact on me. but it makes my blood boil because i remember what it was like not seeing my reality and my family reflected back to me. and although i am pleased as punch that i have such lovely wonderful parents, there can be real confusion as a child when you never see your set up represented. i'm not being clear, but can you see what i mean? and the mail seem happy to encourage a situation where children are made to feel different when there is no reason too!

    and i hate their obsession with the 'gay lobby'. who the flying f**k are the gay lobby anyway? gay people aren't a homogenous group!

    it is attitudes like this that encourage that casual (as well as less casual) homophobia about what's right and wrong for children and families...and this kind of homophobia is what CAN isolate and confuse children growing up in gay families. If society saw no difference between gay and straight and single parent families, then think how much nicer that would be!

    rant over. thew, glad i got that out my system!

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  4. No-one seems to have mentioned the strife this is going to cause when we have to fill out an application. Do we fight it out over who gets to be 'Parent 1' or should we alternate? This is going to lead to arguments, and then probably divorce. Just what the PC Gay Mafia are after I'm sure!

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  5. I always thought that gays operated in some sort of hive mind, but I guess Sian proved me wrong. Huh.

    And Anon makes a very good point; I hereby propose that the forms read Parent 1 and Parent A.

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