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Air Force says words like 'boy' and 'girl' could be offensive

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posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:14 AM
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I’m assuming that “military life,” as diverse as it can be, comes with sacrifice and self-deprivation. You start at the bottom, taking orders and adhering to code, learning to discipline yourself.

Just recently, some suggestions were made by the Air Force in regards to the sensitivity of others. I’ve never served in the military, but I’m aware of the Code of Conduct.

The first part of Article VI states:


“I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.”

Those same men and women, both on and off base, have now been advised not to use the words that may clearly define the gender of a young individual. It may be "construed as offensive."

Has the Air Force lost their PC minds?



An outraged Airman sent me a copy of the email – as evidence the military is still infected with Obama-era political correctness.

Airmen were advised to study a list of words and phrases that “may be construed offensive.”

The email was written by a senior Air Force leader and was sent to an untold number of personnel at Lackland Air Force Base.

Source

Below is a partial list that I assume was hand picked by the article’s writer, Todd Starnes. He claims that there were, “legitimately offensive and racially charged words and phrases” contained on the list.

Here are a few:

1.) Boy
2.) Girl
3.) You People
4.) Colonial
5.) Blacklist
6.) Blackmail
7.) Blackball
8.) Sounds Greek to me
9.) Blondes have more fun
10.) Too many chiefs, not enough Indians


“Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate,” the email read. “Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.”

Speaking of Todd Starnes, I have no affiliation to him or Fox News. I find almost every MSM source of news and information to be biased in some regard. He certainly demonstrates his version of the truth, but as long as my freedom to say what I want is protected, so must his. I just shrug it off and remind myself that I walk a different path.

His opinion:


This is a case of the Air Force getting caught red-handed trying to advance a politically correct agenda. And now that I’ve got a copy of the evidence, they are attempting to whitewash the situation.

It’s time for Defense Secretary James Mattis to root out political correctness in the Armed Forces. We must never again allow the greatest fighting force on the planet to be used as a social engineering petri dish.

The Airmen I know are brave men and women who are devoted to their calling to protect our great nation. I sincerely doubt they give two hoots about political correctness.

That being said, there could be one or two folks in the military who contracted microaggressions that were triggered by someone uttering the words “boy” or “girl.”

Perhaps those individuals might consider seeking treatment for their affliction inside a designated safe space at a nearby public university – instead of Joint Base San Antonio.

With that said, if we justify and validate every single “offense,” society is continually forced to relearn the definition of freedom, exceedingly defined by those wishing to lower the tolerances of public society and expression.

You would hope that in a free society, the concept of verbal abuse is met with as much opposing logic as possible. In a place where I can potentially hear anything, I must prepare as well to hear it all.

So, were you offended by this thread?


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posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:21 AM
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Those offended aren't military. They're just a bunch of little boys and girls.



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:25 AM
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SNAFU still okay? FUBAR? How about "Cluster F***"?

Stopping right there. This commercial brought to you by the US armed forces, who want to remind you they are fighting for everything dear--- I mean valuable, in the rear--- I mean back home. PC is for civvies...

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posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:31 AM
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The first thing I noticed was that Airmen where the target of this. Air Forces the world over have used to the term Airman/men and up until fairly recently in the British Army using the term "the men" was considered normal even if the unit counted females on its strength. Its somewhat easier for the Army, Navy, and USMC because the terms Soldier, Sailor and Marine are not gender specific (The Royal Marines does not have this problem because its standards are much higher and no woman has ever passed selection
)

The worlds air forces don't have a non-gender generic at their disposal. The term Airwomen is a bit clumsy and "Air Staff" is the term used for General Command Level Officers. Airperson is the worst term the PC Nazis could ever enforce on a military organisation ever.
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posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:35 AM
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Glad I'm ETSing from the Army National Guard... all this stuff about Gender inclusion/Transgender Rights/Allowing different people of religions wearing whatever headgear they want....

The military as a whole have gone off the deep end. Whatever happened to uniformity and no one cares what gender you are because we are all soldiers/airman/marines/seamen?

The military is not a dam social experiment, our profession is war. We train to kill people for a living. Now I'm almost finished with my service I won't have to care anymore and I can watch the madness unwrap itself on the sidelines.
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posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:39 AM
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originally posted by: eisegesis
I’m assuming that “military life,” as diverse as it can be, comes with sacrifice and self-deprivation. You start at the bottom, taking orders and adhering to code, learning to discipline yourself.

Just recently, some suggestions were made by the Air Force in regards to the sensitivity of others. I’ve never served in the military, but I’m aware of the Code of Conduct.

The first part of Article VI states:


“I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.”

Those same men and women, both on and off base, have now been advised not to use the words that may clearly define the gender of a young individual. It may be "construed as offensive."

Has the Air Force lost their PC minds?



An outraged Airman sent me a copy of the email – as evidence the military is still infected with Obama-era political correctness.

Airmen were advised to study a list of words and phrases that “may be construed offensive.”

The email was written by a senior Air Force leader and was sent to an untold number of personnel at Lackland Air Force Base.

Source

Below is a partial list that I assume was hand picked by the article’s writer, Todd Starnes. He claims that there were, “legitimately offensive and racially charged words and phrases” contained on the list.

Here are a few:

1.) Boy
2.) Girl
3.) You People
4.) Colonial
5.) Blacklist
6.) Blackmail
7.) Blackball
8.) Sounds Greek to me
9.) Blondes have more fun
10.) Too many chiefs, not enough Indians


“Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate,” the email read. “Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.”

Speaking of Todd Starnes, I have no affiliation to him or Fox News. I find almost every MSM source of news and information to be biased in some regard. He certainly demonstrates his version of the truth, but as long as my freedom to say what I want is protected, so must his. I just shrug it off and remind myself that I walk a different path.

His opinion:


This is a case of the Air Force getting caught red-handed trying to advance a politically correct agenda. And now that I’ve got a copy of the evidence, they are attempting to whitewash the situation.

It’s time for Defense Secretary James Mattis to root out political correctness in the Armed Forces. We must never again allow the greatest fighting force on the planet to be used as a social engineering petri dish.

The Airmen I know are brave men and women who are devoted to their calling to protect our great nation. I sincerely doubt they give two hoots about political correctness.

That being said, there could be one or two folks in the military who contracted microaggressions that were triggered by someone uttering the words “boy” or “girl.”

Perhaps those individuals might consider seeking treatment for their affliction inside a designated safe space at a nearby public university – instead of Joint Base San Antonio.

With that said, if we justify and validate every single “offense,” society is continually forced to relearn the definition of freedom, exceedingly defined by those wishing to lower the tolerances of public society and expression.

You would hope that in a free society, the concept of verbal abuse is met with as much opposing logic as possible. In a place where I can potentially hear anything, I must prepare as well to hear it all.

So, were you offended by this thread?



Well I am thoroughly confused now. When my children were born they were girls. When my grandchildren were born they were boys and girls. If one of them should grow up to desire to change their sexual orientation(doubtful as they are all proud of who they are) I will respect their wishes but until then they are still just boys and girls! So what the heck are they now? I think all this PC bull has gone waaaaaaaaay too far!



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 11:54 AM
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originally posted by: eisegesis

1.) Boy
2.) Girl
3.) You People
4.) Colonial
5.) Blacklist
6.) Blackmail
7.) Blackball
8.) Sounds Greek to me
9.) Blondes have more fun
10.) Too many chiefs, not enough Indians


I think the use of any of the first three terms (depending on context) would be deemed inappropriate in the modern business culture. If I were to use one of these terms in a courtroom setting, I would certainly be admonished by the judge. I don't think any of the remaining terms would be against normal usage unless the context was overtly intended to demean. I don't think I've ever heard the 4th term used in any way outside of a history text or a political polemic.

Having said that, I don't find the fact that the military are attempting to limit the use of these first three as being politically correct. Calling a full grown man a boy is intended to be derisive and in the context of a white male saying it to someone of African decent it is explicitly racist due to the historical use of that term. I would expect that leaders of men in women in dangerous affairs would have a better management style.

However, if someone in the service has the time to complain about overly politically correct directives, perhaps they are the ones being too sensitive.



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 12:02 PM
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originally posted by: TobyFlenderson

originally posted by: eisegesis

1.) Boy
2.) Girl
3.) You People
4.) Colonial
5.) Blacklist
6.) Blackmail
7.) Blackball
8.) Sounds Greek to me
9.) Blondes have more fun
10.) Too many chiefs, not enough Indians


I think the use of any of the first three terms (depending on context) would be deemed inappropriate in the modern business culture. If I were to use one of these terms in a courtroom setting, I would certainly be admonished by the judge. I don't think any of the remaining terms would be against normal usage unless the context was overtly intended to demean. I don't think I've ever heard the 4th term used in any way outside of a history text or a political polemic.

Having said that, I don't find the fact that the military are attempting to limit the use of these first three as being politically correct. Calling a full grown man a boy is intended to be derisive and in the context of a white male saying it to someone of African decent it is explicitly racist due to the historical use of that term. I would expect that leaders of men in women in dangerous affairs would have a better management style.

However, if someone in the service has the time to complain about overly politically correct directives, perhaps they are the ones being too sensitive.


They didn't state the terms weren't allowed to be used against adults as derogatory tThey basically outlawed the use of the terms.

“Please be cognizant that such conduct is 100 percent zero tolerance in or outside of the work climate,” the email read. “Let’s capitalize on our richly diverse climate, and help others seek assistance if they are struggling with compliance.”



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 12:36 PM
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Meh, it's the airforce. It's about as military as the Girl Scouts.



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 12:37 PM
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Hey boy, yo girl looks so fine. And wit you people, I is gonna go colonial on yo girl ass. You can't black list a black man, or black mail me, or give me black balls, all that shiz sound greek to me. Beside, I say yo blondes has mo fun, unless there are too many chiefs and not enough indians, you dig?? hue hue hue

1.) Boy
2.) Girl
3.) You People
4.) Colonial
5.) Blacklist
6.) Blackmail
7.) Blackball
8.) Sounds Greek to me
9.) Blondes have more fun
10.) Too many chiefs, not enough Indians



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 12:41 PM
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originally posted by: watchitburn
Meh, it's the airforce. It's about as military as the Girl Scouts.


That's true of all uniform organisations that don't have a Royal prefix.


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posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 12:42 PM
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originally posted by: watchitburn
Meh, it's the airforce. It's about as military as the Girl Scouts.


Ahahaha

Oh WIB, you never change


wino.



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 12:58 PM
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Would someone mind explaining why "colonial" is considered offensive?

Also: On "you people"... This perfectly illustrates one of the issues. Very obviously not offensive in and of itself, but to those with a victim mentality it directly connects to all that problematic neurology. The brain itself is actually taking an innocuous statement and processing through a victimized bias, then generalizing it across society to confirm that bias.

Really interesting, in my opinion. Its vague enough to be meaningless and benign until it hits neurological structures that can't process language or communication outside of that pervasive bias. When others don't "see" it, it embeds the thinking even further.

If you can get a large enough group to dissociate from "reality," it will appear to them that its everyone else that's losing it. Even if they have remained largely static over the same time period. Then, if you can associate that disparity solely with "the opposition," there will never be reconciliation.

Rather brilliant, actually, even if it is playing with fire.



posted on Mar, 12 2017 @ 04:26 PM
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Yourin a freaking airforce! FFS words should be the least of your worries or concersn. If you get upset at being called a boy then what will you do if under fire?


You silly colonials hahaha




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