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From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children’s books, witches have always dressed in black.

But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism.

Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades.

This is insane. Anyway, seeing as witches are generally seen as female isn’t a pink witches’ hat stereotyping girls?

Another staple of the classroom – white paper – has also been questioned by Anne O’Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.

Right.

Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in “the full range of flesh tones”, reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.

“Former teacher…” Tells you all you need to know.

Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”.

What’s wrong with blue? Nobody is blue. Well nobody long for this world is. And does anyone cite brown as a favourite colour.

The measures, outlined in a series of guides in Nursery World magazine, are aimed at avoiding racial bias in toddlers as young as two.

Oh, do fuck off.

According to the guides, very young children may begin to express negative and discriminatory views about skin colour and appearance that nursery staff must help them “unlearn”.

If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.

Is there any evidence for that?

“People who are feeling defensive can say ‘well there’s nothing wrong with white paper’, but in reality there could be if you don’t see yourself reflected in the things around you. “As an early years teacher, the minute you start thinking, ‘well actually, if I give everyone green paper, what happens’, you have a teaching potential.

Well, let’s imagine I’m in Botswana and I need a ream of paper. What colour is most commonly available from the local stationary shop? The one probably run and owned by black people. There is an issue with paper colour at schools mind but that is due to dyslexia. Aparently dyslexic kids can struggle to read stuff in black and white.

“People might criticise this as political correctness gone mad. But it is because of political correctness we have moved on enormously. If you think that we now take it for granted that our buildings and public highways are adapted so people in wheelchairs and with pushchairs can move around. Years ago if you were in a wheelchair, then tough luck. We have completely moved and we wouldn’t have done that without the equality movement.”

This is an epic conflation. It is quite bizarre. It’s verging on sinister to compare non-whites to the disabled.

However, recent research by Professor Lord Winston provides evidence that children as young as four can hold racist views. In an experiment carried out for the BBC’s Child of our Time series, children were presented with a series of images of faces of men, women, boys or girls. Only one of the faces in each sequence was white.

Children were asked to pick out the face of the person they wanted as their friend and the person they thought would be most likely to get in to trouble.

Almost all white children in the survey associated positive qualities exclusively with photographs of white children or adults. More than half of the black children made the same associations.

In contrast, people with darker faces were viewed as troublemakers.

Lord Winston is a gynaecologist. Oh, he thinks he’s the second-coming of Albert Einstein (check the ‘tash and the hair) but he isn’t. His field is IVF and I really have no idea what that proves if anything. I suspect if it proves anything it proves kids have a tendency to like people who look like them. Those white kids might not have met too many black or Asian folk. They will. The conceptual leap as to colours in general (paper, witches hats etc) to people is a Hell of a lurch. I’m prepared to accept 4 year olds can be racist but I don’t believe in the cure suggested here. It’s nonsensical silliness.

Actually let’s stick with the gynaecology angle. A mate of mine at Nottingham University wound-up doing a course of “feminist criticism”. This is what he “learned”. Writing on a word-processor is female and writing with a pen or pencil is masculine because you see incubating your work, nurturing it on the hard-disk is like pregnancy and a pen or pencil vaguely (very vaguely) resembles a penis and shares the first three letters with “penis”. Thank God I was good at maths and could hack physics because I would have walked. It is this level of insanity. Now I don’t know as much about wombs as Lord Winston but I do know a little and I certainly know hard drives. I can certainly see no circumstances where the two things can be interchanged without dire consequences resulting.

25 Comments

  1. APL says:

    The male domination and intimidation of females in the Engineering profession is illustrated by terminology such as ‘screw’ [thread], in the production of nuts and bolts and the matching of the diameter and thread of each using the term mating, it’s obscene.

    Clearly explains why there are more men in engineering that women.

  2. Kevin B says:

    Been saying it for years: Pink is the new Black

  3. David Gillies says:

    I should have been a gynaecologist. Given how many cunts I have to work with on a daily basis I should at least be getting the six-figure salary.

  4. View from the Solent says:

    Pens? Pencils? Sheesh.
    Is it that because women talk on the phone so much that domestic cell phone base stations are called femtocells?

  5. RAB says:

    I wonder which of these two “Paintings” the failed teacher and Early Years Consultant would like the kiddywinks to appreciate more then?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043217/Bob-Laws-minimalist-painting-containing-just-artists-signature-worth-60k.html

    I’m sure she wouldn’t want to hear…

    Cor! can I get £60,000 for a piece of crap like that too Miss? Pass the white paper!

  6. Sam Duncan says:

    It’s an old joke, but it’s true: I’m not white, I’m pink. White paper doesn’t look the least bit like anybody’s skin, with the possible exception of an albino Swedish mime artist with the ‘flu.

    “recent research by Professor Lord Winston provides evidence that children as young as four can hold racist views”

    Hold on, hold on… I thought the Correct view was that the little innocents were corrupted by learned adult behaviour. Is Prof.W. suggesting that wariness of people who look different might be innate? Off to the Tower with him!

  7. Kevin B says:

    “Is it ‘cos I’s pink?”

  8. JuliaM says:

    “…Anne O’Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity”

    Sounds like someone who ought to be burned at the stake…

  9. NickM says:

    APL,

    And that’s why <φ| in QM is called a “bra vector”.

    I’ve spent quite some time exploring bra-space – sometimes even in the context of modern physics. The traditional pre-SI measure is of course the BSH (British Standard Handful). Humphrey Davy groped his way to that definition many, many years ago.

  10. Ed P says:

    Winston is an ignorant orifice – the type he’s looked up many times.

    At the start of the 20th century, baby boys were dressed in pink and baby girls in blue!

  11. Philip Scott Thomas says:

    Humphrey Davy groped his way to that definition many, many years ago.

    What I know of Sir Humphrey Davy:

    “Sir Humphrey Davy
    “Abominated gravy
    “And lived with the odium
    “Of having discovered sodium.”

    It’s not much, but hey…

    Totally irrelevant and useless, I know, but fun nonetheless.

  12. jim says:

    There would still be dark blue and light blue people if we were like smurfs

  13. Roue le Jour says:

    “Do you have any embarasin’ pers’nal ailments? No? Do you want some?” Nanny Ogg.

  14. Andrew says:

    The headline of the piece finishes with “expert says” unfortunately, not once in the copy, is it mentioned that she’s actually an expert in getting paid for talking complete and utter bollocks.

  15. Angry Exile says:

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t even teach give themselves bullshit titles like ‘early years consultant’ and fasten themselves firmly to the public tit.

  16. JuliaM says:

    “Anyway, seeing as witches are generally seen as female isn’t a pink witches’ hat stereotyping girls?”

    And just wait until the ‘Pink Stinks!’ campaign gets wind of it!

  17. bilbaoboy says:

    Please, please, please, tell me that the last para about the mate at Nottingham is a piss-take.

    PLEASE

  18. Ian B says:

    Isn’t this whole thing derogatory to Wiccans? How many points are they worth in Victimhood Poker?

  19. Furor Teutonicus says:

    XX Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer “black” or “brown”. XX

    This arse does know that “black” is NOT a colour…..???

  20. Tosh says:

    Dear God, these people are going to be really worried by the colour of snow come the Winterval.

  21. NickM says:

    bilbaoboy,
    I’m just reporting it as it was told me by someone who didn’t find it at all amusing. He afterall was going to have to write essays and be marked on them and this counted towards his degree class… He wound-up on the course by accident. Arts had a first-come first served policy on module allocations and he allied five minutes to talk with a pal he hadn’t seen for all of summer and it was femicrit by default…

  22. RDM75 says:

    I bet the teachers at my nephew and neices have a fooking fit…they both have a father of Pakistani extraction…

    Yet the boy is pale skinned, blonde haired and blue eyed, but has his fathers features. The girl is brown skinned, brown haired and brown eyed, but looks just like the rest of her Caucasian family…

    Must scramble their tiny minds…

  23. bilbaoboy says:

    RDM75

    They should be locked up for political incorrectness.

  24. Paul Marks says:

    In the past red (rather than black) was often associated with magic (especially evil magic) – although it was also associated with the blood of Christ (which, supposedly, countered the old blood magic of evil). And, of course, soldiers (including British soldiers) sometimes dressed in red – in order to strike fear in their foes (“no mercy”). Some sporting teams do the same.

    However, I doubt whether the left (which, of course, includes the academics behind this study) would be happy with evil characters being shown as dressed in red (rather than black).

    Although, of course, the American television networks have managed the castrate the effectiveness of calling someone a “Red” by using the colour red to illustrate the Republican party (so they can use the colour blue to indicate Democrats – including Marxists like Comrade Barack Obama).

    And many Republicans have gone along with all this “Red State” stuff.

    Even though (of course) the colour red still stands for evil – for intolerance, rage and the shedding of blood (especially innocent blood) as when pirates raised the Red Flag (which meant “no prisoners”), the Red flag of the Paris mob – and (later) the Red flag (the “flag of blood and death” as the poet put it in 1848) of the socialists.

    The recent leftist propaganda film “Red State” (showing conservatives, especially religous conservatives, as monsters) ironically goes back to using the term “red” in the old sense (as a sign of evil).

    On the other hand…..

    The colour blue has traditionally not just meant loyality and quiet courage (faithfullness to righteouness – even to one’s own death), it has also meant SADNESS (grief).

    The thinking behind “feeling blue” is much older than most people believe.

    I am often accusesed of seeing the bad side of things (having the blues perhaps), but I know which I think will, in the end, prove the stronger.

    And it is not the rage of red.

  25. Paul Marks says:

    In Tolkien the clash between the music of Melkor (Morgoth) and the third theme of Iluvatar (God) is a clash between red and blue – but in musical terms.

    See the start of the “Silmarillion” – the section titled “Ainulindale” The Music of the Ainur.

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