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Posts matching tags 'victimology'

2007/12/30

Groups representing the Deaf (note: not "deaf") community in the UK are campaigning to allow Deaf parents to create babies without hearing by selecting embryos with mutations which suppress the ability to hear:

Francis Murphy, chairman of the BDA, said: "If choice of embryos for implantation is to be given to citizens in general, and if hearing and other people are allowed to choose embryos that will be 'like them', sharing the same characteristics, language and culture, then we believe that deaf people should have the same right."

(via jwz) culture deafness political correctness gone mad victimology 0

2006/12/1

A group of British expatriates in Australia, fed up with being stereotyped as hygienically-challenged chronic complainers, is pushing to have pejorative comments about "poms" classified as racial discrimination. British People Against Racial Discrimination (BPARD) has launched a legal action to ban a television advertisement featuring "an overweight, pale, balding man in a Union Jack T-shirt cringing in fear at the offer of a cold beer".

BPARD, which is run by a committee of 14 and claims to have branches in Perth and Melbourne, said yesterday through its spokesman, David Thomason: "The Oxford Dictionary classes Pom as being derogatory, just like wog, wop, dink, dago, coon and abo."
Apparently they don't stand much chance of being taken seriously.

(Btw, are Poms just the English, or would Scots and Welsh be classified as Poms?)

australia culture poms racism uk victimology 2

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