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God help us if we make it a crime to call someone fatty.

Recently I told all about the suggestion by some agency whose name I’ve now forgotten, that the word “dad” or “father” shouldn’t be used on some oficial documents because that word could cause offense to same sex partners.  You wonder how far this pc s**** will go. When will it eat itself and die? Will it end?
I remembered. I think correctly. The NHS removed the word ‘Dad’ from childbirth leaflets to avoid upsetting same-sex couples.
I’ll tell you who will eventually be upset way down the road.  The kids who are being raised by same sex couples. Why?  Because at some point in time as a kid grows up, he or she will be intensely interested, curious at the least, to know who fathered them. I think it’s natural. 

And none of the above has much if anything to do with my posting of the following except that there’s now another word to be added to the list of words that may offend and should be discouraged or banned outright. In fact .... it is being suggested that the word be added to the growing list of things that fall under Hate Crime.
Hate Crime?  Yup. And the word today boys and girls is

FATTY - FATSO

Uh huh class. Listen up cos there’ll be a test.

Recently, as in the last week, small faced model Lilly Cole spoke out about her awful girlhood due to the jibes about her hair color. They called me carrot top and ginger she said. Oh dear. It was just like racism she said.  Oh dear, oh dear.
Well as you’d expect there are some (all lefties of course) who want to make calling anyone Fatty or making comments about appearance, a hate crime.
They want looks to be included in the category that that will fall under the hate crime law. 
Take a look.

John Walsh: You’re not fat. You just need to put on some height
Notebook

A new report from an all-party Parliamentary group called Reflections on Body Image, and its main Reflection is that people shouldn’t be allowed to call other people “fat”. The group wants to discuss amending the Equalities Act to put “appearance-based discrimination” on the same footing as racism, ageism, sexism and prejudice over disability or sexual orientation. If they do, it’ll become a “hate crime” to draw attention to a person’s size or weight – even if it’s a doctor telling a patient (e.g. me) he ought to lose a few pounds.

We don’t, by and large, go around calling fat people “Fatso” or “Lardarse” or “Gutbucket” even if their silhouette is less than Greek. We left such childish insults behind in the playground, or in previous centuries (when Beau Brummell, the regency swell, fell out with the Prince Regent, he cut him in public by asking an acquaintance, “Alvanley, who’s your fat friend?” The Prince never spoke to him again.) We know schoolchildren are sensitive about personal remarks – as David Starkey found to his cost when, on the TV documentary Jamie’s Dream School, he called a kid “fat” and incurred the wrath of the whole class. We are sensitive about each other’s peculiar bodies. We’d probably welcome some discrimination. But to call any reference to someone’s avoirdupois a hate crime is nonsensical.
It will ensure that, when considering applicants for future jobs, employers won’t be able to ask important questions: “Do you think your weight might be a problem when pursuing villains down the high street?” “Will your body be perfectly safe on a construction site involving ladders and scaffolding?”

WALSH

So you have the picture now and not a very good image I’d guess. 

God help us if we make it a crime to call someone fatty

By CAROL SARLER

There was a time, really not so very long ago, when chucking insults around a playground was as much a part of the rough and tumble of school life as chucking balls.
‘You’re smelly, you are!’ ‘Look out, here comes Spotty Muldoon!’ ‘Oi! — Fatso!’ and so on.

Every child went through it, and every child took their turn at dishing it out.
It was never very nice — but then, children aren’t always very nice — and if it got out of hand, an adult, quite correctly, would intervene.
Now, however, being ticked off by an irate teacher could be the least our youngsters have to worry about.

For if a new parliamentary report is implemented, the lad who picks the wrong word to tease a classmate could find himself in the hands of the police — branded not only a criminal, but a perpetrator of the most insidiously fashionable misdemeanour of our day: the hate crime.

The thinking, if that really is the word, of the MPs who have recommended the move goes something like this: too many children are worried about their ‘body image’ and, in particular, about being fat (heaven forfend anybody suggests this might be because they are fat).

Therefore, lest they fall ill as a result of the worry (rather than, say, the obesity), measures must be taken to protect them.
First, they should all be given ‘body confidence and self-esteem’ classes at school — how do you fancy being a fly on the blackboard at one of those? — and, second, anyone who tries to undermine the value of these classes by calling another pupil ‘fatty’ should be charged with a hate crime. In other words, up there with race, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability, we should now place ‘appearance-based discrimination’ on a legal par.

Among those leading the charge is Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson, who justifies her position on the basis that ‘body image dissatisfaction in the UK has reached an all-time high’ — even though she has absolutely nothing to back up such a claim, and even though history would certainly question it.

Never mind: we’re at an ‘all-time high’ in Miss Swinson’s small world, so let us not spoil her self-righteous indignation with anything as troublesome as fact.
She would probably also prefer that we not revisit the vexed question of precisely what sets a ‘hate crime’ apart from any other kind of crime — even though its very definition defeats me.
Even if we allow her the belief that some irrational reasons for hating people are worse than other irrational reasons, she and her colleagues continue to miss the point.  Name-calling, which is overwhelmingly the province of younger people (grown-ups know better; they say it behind your back, not to your face), is not and has never been about genuine hatred.

My generation was brought up with, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ — a lousy rotten lie, of course, but it got you by.
For my daughter’s generation, however, it feeds straight into victim culture.

Last weekend, supermodel Lily Cole was moaning about how her young life was blighted by her red hair; she was, apparently, called ‘carrot top’ and — gosh! — ‘ginger’, and she’s never forgotten it.

She even likened it to racism, which rather took my breath away, but was doubtless warmly understood by, for instance, Jo Swinson MP.

Ultimately though, the greatest pity of this time-wasting nonsense is that the proposed new law will have no impact whatsoever on the issue at the heart of it, which is our epidemic of childhood obesity.

To put it bluntly: nobody thinks they are fat because somebody called them ‘fatty’. It works the other way around: somebody called them ‘fatty’ because, shame on all of us, they are fat.

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