Monday, December 28, 2009



"Sissies" now a bad word

As far as I know, "sissies" is short for "sisters" and implies that the person is easily upset.
"The idea of there being an annual "big" Yale versus Harvard football game produces two thoughts in me: first, "Yale and Harvard have football teams?" and, once that is answered in the affirmative, "Right, I think I learned about that on The Simpsons."

But this year the most interesting thing to come out of this age-old, blue-blood anachronism-fest had nothing to do with Mr. Burns. It started before the Harvard and Yale teams flailed against each other on the football field last month; Yale's freshman class designed and voted to produce an anti-Harvard T-shirt that actually had some literary merit. According to the Yale Daily News,

The original design, which won out over five other entries, displayed an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote in the front -- "I think of all Harvard men as sissies" -- in bold white letters. The back of the long-sleeved, navy blue T-shirt said "WE AGREE" in capital letters, with "The Game 2009" scrawled in script underneath it.

Unfortunately--and is it any surprise these days?--a couple of Yale administrators decided that the word "sissies" was too offensive because some people interpreted it as a slur against gay men. This was news to the Yale freshmen who, like me, see "sissies" as being funny primarily because it is such a ridiculous, silly, old-fashioned put down, somewhere between "cad" and "toots" as far as insults go.

Besides, in context, Fitzgerald actually wrote, "I think of all Harvard men as sissies, like I used to be." Does anyone really think Fitzgerald was coming out as a success story of the ex-gay movement, or was he simply calling Harvard men, well, a bunch of sissies (modern translation: wusses, wimps, etc.)?

The administrators were gearing up to ban the T-shirt, but the students backed down and changed the design.

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34 comments:

J. Birch said...

So long as people cave-in to political correctness, it will continue to strengthen and infect our society and erode our freedoms. We are quickly reaching the point where "free speech" will be only that speech which has been pre-approved.

"And the people wept, for when they were awakened from their slumber, they were free no more."

Anonymous said...

The suggestion that "sissy" might put down gay men is itself insulting gays, as not all gay men are effeminate, some are uber-masculine (and the rest in between like a bell-curve).

Anonymous said...

Yeah, right! All gay males say the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Speaking os sissies.

The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree and think 25 to life would be appropriate.
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Bobby said...

And if the t-shirt had said "pussies" instead then the feminists would be complaining.

Anonymous said...

Oh, for f*ck sake! Gays are turning everyday, ordinary stuff into gay-oriented references so fast my head is spinning

Rainbows
Bandannas
Now, words!

It's time the MAJORITY of the world teach the MINORITY of the world to shut the f*ck up and man-up.

Pussies.

Stan B said...

I think we can safely say who the REAL sissies are, eh?

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:16 - ok, that was funny

Anon 4:21 - I had to email those around, that was even funnier!

Back to the subject ... Where do you think the majority of people have learned their socialistic, politically correct ways? In college, of course. All may come out with a degree, but only the strong survive.

Anonymous said...

they should have called them FAGGOTs instead...

Anonymous said...

I don't mind people living whatever lifestyle they choose. Where you will run into trouble is when you try to force it upon me.

Bobby said...

"I don't mind people living whatever lifestyle they choose. Where you will run into trouble is when you try to force it upon me."

---Oh come on, who's forcing you to be gay? It's not like they're bending you over in the street and sodomizing you, this isn't prison. LOL.

Anon 3:41 said...

Um, Bobby, it's not that they're forcing me to be gay. It's that they're forcing me to accept their choices, and they're attempting to use the law to do it. Would they stand for me doing the same to them? NOT!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow that's rich 3:41! - like gays aren't forced to accept straight society - they're not even allowed to have legally recognized relationships, and constantly told not to be too visible at all - especially by people like you!

Bobby said...

"Um, Bobby, it's not that they're forcing me to be gay. It's that they're forcing me to accept their choices, and they're attempting to use the law to do it. Would they stand for me doing the same to them? NOT!"

---It's just like negroes, do I like it when they talk jive and wear funny clothes? No. Do I enjoy watching interracial couples holding hands? No. But as long as they leave me alone I don't care.

I'm not gonna tell the negroes to act like white people even though they should in my opinion.

As for the law, I don't give a rats ass if they get legalized same-sex marriage or not or if they serve in the military as long as they don't mess with free speech and the second amendment.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 5:37, the gay lifestyle is generally and historically accepted as deviant in most cultures. The problem is that a vocal minority is trying to dictate the actions of the majority. THAT's unconstitutional.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of "context"...

Any out-of-the-closet football players at Harvard? Yale? NFL?

Anonymous said...

It was vocal minorities that got votes for women and freedom for slaves and civil rights for blacks, and one day gays will have legally recognized partnerships (or "marriage")in the US as already in growing numbers of other countries. You can't stop social evolution any more than King Canute could stop the tide?

Anonymous said...

6:44: recalling what your own and other past cultures have favored up to now is no better than dinosaurs regretting that their favorable climate was changing and pushing them into extinction!

Robert said...

With Harvard making a 4th quarter comeback to beat Yale 14-10, they certainly weren't sissies in 2009.

Birdzilla said...

Back when that collage student was expelled for calling those black woman WATER BUFFALO then he sued and won his lawsuit against this PC poppycock

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