LGBT – A New Four Letter Word – Don’t Use This Publicly
Note: This is a guest post by Professor Bette Donnt, please welcome her warmly to this blog.
Trigger warning: This article is not politically correct. You shouldn’t share this on social media. And if you don’t fit in this category, then you should never say this word aloud.
Don’t worry, I’ll shut off the comments so I don’t have to hear the squawks.
There I was, minding my own business and found out that at the slightest use of “L*BT” administrators of the site I was using would start getting emails accusing me of “discrimination.” Just because I didn’t want to include submissions in that category in some prize packages I was offering for free.
The real core scene is that the people I was trying to reach mostly didn’t consider that they had to have this sort of material in their lives. They simply didn’t want it. So I said, simply “Please, No L*BT.”
Administrators sent me a very nice email saying that perhaps I wanted to rephrase that so I didn’t “appear” to be discriminating.
And so I said that if you wanted to give away prizes as part of this package, your prize needed to be sexually non-explicit, “sweet”, and “clean.”
And all was well.
Then I made a naughty boo-boo. Some one asked me how they could submit their prize and I said, well – it just has to be non-explicit and not L*BT.
Within minutes, someone who had submitted a prize for that package wanted theirs removed. One out over a hundred prizes that had been submitted. That was OK with me, no problem.
The next day, I got an email based on a single complaint from some one else – not necessarily even part of that package. They apparently felt that what I had said was discriminatory. The administrator said that (obviously in her opinion, not mine) that a prize could be non-explicit and still be L*BT.
I replied as politely as I could, saying that obviously the use of that word generates comments and emails. I could agree with her technically that her idea was correct. But what I didn’t include in that email was a sentence along the lines that I really didn’t understand how something that was supposed to be “non-explicit, sweet, and clean” could ever be L*BT as well. (The trick was that “explicit” doesn’t necessarily mean “sexually explicit.” So that administrator’s argument was more or less technically correct. The problem is that maybe some people don’t want to experience two guys or two gals being overtly romantic, even if they do everything off-screen. They are being explicit without being sexually explicit. That’s the rub.)
The only real parallel to this was in the days before cursing politicians and “comedian/ennes” were the norm. In those days, you didn’t even bring up religion or politics in polite conversations.
Of course, I come from Flyover Country, where the “despicables” “cling to their guns and religion.” And believe in the concept of “live and let live.”
But in “big cities” run by “liberals”, everyone who lives there now has a problem with being “triggered” by someone saying something they don’t appreciate. And so they can be “offended” and spread it all over social media, blowing it up like one of those big balloon gorillas you can see on suburban used car dealers.
It’s like the word “ni**er”. If you’re any color but black (or a self-described “mutt” like our last president) then you aren’t permitted to say that. Black comedians can, as well as rap artists, and so on. Just not non-colored folks.
Similarly, a straight person cannot tell a L*BT person they can’t do something without someone immediately sending an email to “rectify” the “problem.” From a single complaint.
If that prize package is going to people who aren’t interested in L*BT offers, maybe they would get offended by this. And that was the reason to exclude those types of prizes. Maybe they didn’t want to get sexually-explicit, dirty, sour prizes.
Like I don’t want erotic prizes included in the package. But the erotic-loving people never complain if someone says “please, no erotic prizes.” And a single complaint from an erotic-prize submitter doesn’t get any administrator saying – “oh, don’t be discriminatory.” But it’s obvious that if you are assembling a non-explicit, sweet, clean package that is supposed to avoid offending anyone, you probably won’t want any L*BT-flavored prizes in that package.
You see, something over 97% of the population of this country isn’t L*BT, not even inclined that way in the slightest.
But those people don’t complain much. They don’t complain as the drop of a pin that they are being discriminated against. They just “live and let live.” They simply throw out or delete the stuff they didn’t want and keep what they did. But they would probably not want to be surprised by a gift package in the future with that type of material in it, so they would simply not ask for prize package from that source again. (And would you really want to get a gift package that had sexually explicit prizes in it? Only a handful would – but they also probably wouldn’t open that package at their desk in the office, or inside a church or school.)
But most people can’t use the L*BT word at all. Because the laws and the politicians are pretty stupidly sucking up to this over-vocal minority of people who feign their outrage at the drop of a hat. And so when a company that offers to organize prize packages gets a single complaint from a single individual, they have to drop everything and act immediately. And if a person paying to use their service doesn’t agree, then they are in the wrong. Instantly, period. No recourse.
Do you see what I am trying to say here?
The vast majority don’t care what you do with your personal life. They just don’t want to hear about it all the time. And they don’t want to have to put up with thin-skinned (bleepards) who like to “control-freak” everyone else.
And somewhere in here, you can see why Trump got elected and Democrats are having a hard time.
You can’t say that one type of cussing is acceptable and another type isn’t. That certain classes of people, or certain beliefs are more important than others. Because that is a form of discrimination.
We all just need to live and let live.
All I learned today was to not cuss in public.
I wish our newspeople and so-called comedy authorities would learn this.
All I promised that nice prize package administrator today was to not use that word L*BT in any of my package descriptions or subsequent comments.
It doesn’t mean I can’t “arbitrarily” reject submissions that are labeled L*BT, or if they somehow imply those beliefs inside that prize. Because I want the people who are looking for non-sexually-exlicit, sweet, clean prises to get just that.
And there are many places, even an entire category of L*BT packages where such prizes can be readily accepted if submitted.
But I won’t repeat here what I said out-loud, in the privacy of my own office with no one nearby, about that one person who complained and caused that administrator to “imply” that I was possibly “discriminating” in my [ize package description. (But really, they can all go **** th*ms*lves.)
And you have a nice non-explicit day, too.
PS. An idea just came to me: what if I did a religious-themed package and told those types of people they weren’t invited? I could keep the names of the trolls who tried to crash the party directly or by hiding explicit material in their content. It would probably be a lot of work, but I’d have a list by the end of it and they’d know my name, too. But the sheer angst of it may not be worth it. Just live and let live is simpler, and more peaceful. And as sensible as not cussing where you shouldn’t. (Here’s another phrase: “Just because you could doesn’t mean you should.)
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