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Professors of crystalline precipitation...

Ludicrous academics generate trigger warnings for classic books from a bygone era


Link Here23rd October 2021
Classic children's books in a Cambridge University archive will in future be labelled with trigger warnings for content relating to slavery, colonialism and racism.

Researchers are reviewing more than 10,000 books and magazines for authors from a previous era who have not referenced enslaved or colonised or denigrated people in the right away according to modern day mores.

The archive at Cambridge's Homerton College is being reviewed as part of a move to upload texts to a digital library. In online versions, words, phrases and images deemed harmful will be flagged and content warnings placed at the beginning of each text.

Targeted authors include Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote Little House On The Prairie , for her stereotypical depictions of Native Americans.

Another is Dr Theodor Seuss Geisel, author of the Dr Seuss books, for overt blackface and cultural insensitivities.

The Water Babies , Charles Kingsley's 1863 children's classic about a young chimney sweep, is described as having the potential to harm readers without warning for comments about Irish and black people.

 

 

Offsite Article: Zero Tolerance of majority opinion...


Link Here28th August 2021
Why are feminists blaming The Tiger Who Came To Tea for violence against women? By Ella Whelan

See article from spiked-online.com

 

 

What they taught me...

Author to rewrite memoir after PC bullies make accusations about supposed racism and ableism


Link Here11th August 2021
Publisher Picador is considering alterations to Kate Clanchy's Orwell prize-winning memoir amid accusations of supposed racial and ableist stereotyping.

The 2019 book titled Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me examines Clanchy's time teaching in UK state schools.

A PC lynch mob of critics and fellow authors formed after a reader review highlighted alleged problematic descriptions of children. The critics highlighted passages that referenced racial facial features and skin colour - as well as describing two autistic children as unselfconsciously odd and jarring company.

In response, the author said she's grateful for a chance to rewrite it:

I know I got many things wrong, and welcome the chance to write better, more lovingly

It was wrong. I don't really have an excuse, except that I am bereaved and it takes people in different ways.

I am not a good person. I do try to say that in my book. Not a pure person, not a patient person, no one's saviour. You are right to blame me, and I blame myself.

Authors who criticised Clanchy's response and questioned the award-winning merit of the book, including Chimene Suleyman, Monisha Rajesh and Professor Sunny Singh, also received criticism from social media users.

 

 

Comment: No one is safe from the woke mob

11th August 2021. See article from spiked-online.com by Joanna Williams

This, remember, is a book about Clanchy's experiences teaching a diverse array of comp kids and the lovely, life-affirming time she had doing so.

The people suggesting it is actually a thinly veiled retread of Mein Kampf are, not to put too fine a point on it, nuts. And yet Clanchy, her publisher and some of Clanchy's early defenders have bowed to these people and issued grovelling apologies for the emotional harm they have allegedly inflicted.

So much of the mob censorship we see today would disappear overnight if people and institutions grew about an inch of backbone and told the woke irritants to piss off. Why so few seem capable of doing this is a key question of this mad age of ours.

 

 

Opaque rules...

The Hungarian Government orders book shops to sell gay and sexy books in opaque covers


Link Here7th August 2021
  The Hungarian Government has ordered shops to wrap children's books that depict homosexuality in a positive light in closed packaging as the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban fights against gay rights.

Under a government decree, stores will also be banned from selling books seen as containing explicit depictions of sexuality or narratives around gender change within a 200 meter radius of schools or churches. The rules similarly outlaw displays of products that depict gender roles that are different from an individual's gender at birth.

The latest steps come a month after Hungary introduced a law banning the dissemination of LGBTQ+ content in schools.

The European Commission has filed legal proceedings against Hungary claiming the rules violate the right to freedom of expression and information.


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