A Politically Correct Look at the Xxx Xxxxxx

Having just returned from a visit to London, I was struck by Britain’s strict code of political correctness. Every effort is made not to offend the ‘other’. From the unwritten rules governing private conversations, to the demolition of statues of ‘heroes’ from the long-passed era of slave trading, and the great care that must be taken when speaking with someone not wearing their gender lapel pin (are they genderqueer, bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, non-binary, pansexual, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning or an ally?). For more on this important subject, see “BBC will have more gay characters in its shows to combat heteronormative culture”. We certainly don’t want any heteronormative behaviour here in Israel.

In Israel we have a problem. We tend to speak our minds, without caring if we might offend somebody, somewhere. We toss captured terrorists into jail without a thought for their possible sexual orientation; are they in the right jail. We do not check that every possible gender is equally represented in the Israel Defense Forces, we don’t care that there are few, if any, genderqueer Air Force pilots. And we have yet to check which statues are minority-offensive and should be pulled down.

But this situation cannot be allowed to continue. We must become more sensitive and aware of the ‘other’ just down the street, around the corner. The time has come for someone to speak out.

Here are my thoughts. I want to be sure that no one is offended by my words, so you may have to fill in a blank or two by yourselves.

When I was xxxxx, my xxxx xxxxxxxx decided to teach xxx xxxxx about the xxxxx. I still have the xxxx xxxx. On xxxx xxxx xx xxxx xxxxxxx, I had xxxxx xxxxxx xxxx colouring in xxxx the xxxxx of the xxxxxx,. On xxxxx xxxx, I xxxx xxxxxx a xxx to xxxxx a xx xxxxx of xxxxx, illustrated by xxxx xxxx a xxx xxxxx xxxx with a xxxxx. After xxxxx xx, xxxx the xxxx xxxxx was xxxxx to xxxxx xxxx xxxx.

And, most importantly, the Len Palmer Mysteries are the very xxxx (this rhymes with rest) that you can xxx. You can find them on xxxxxx (a very long river in South America).

This xxxx was the xxxxx xxxx of xxxxx xxx on xxxxx xxxxx xxx until I xxxxx xxxxxx. I xx xxxx xx xxxxx rather xxxxx. I was xxxxx a xxxxx xxxx to xxxx, xxxxx my xxxxx on the xxxxx of xxxxx, xxxxx and xxxxxx instead of xxxxxx xxxxx the xxxxxx for xxx or the xxxxx. When I xxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx this week xxxx we xxxxxx to xxxx more xxxxx xxxxx to our xxxx, I xxx xxxxx with xxxxx. Our xxxx xxxxx has some xxxxx xxxxx.
The general problem with xxxxx xx is that xxxx xxxxxxx xxx it is xxxxxx, we xxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxx in a xxxx xxxxx xx and xxxxx. This is xxx xxxx because the xxxxx xx of the xxxxx on the xxxx xxxx xxxxxx with its xxx xxxxxxx of xxxxxx. The xx xxxxx by xxxxx these xxxxx xx of xxxx and the xxxxx xxxxx.

When I say xxxxx xxx to xxxxx more xx xxxx, xx, I mean xxx of these xxxx. I mean xxxxx that xxx (and xxxxx) xxxxx to become xx with xxx xxxx the xxxxx and xxxxx of xx. It is a xxxxx xx xxxxxx that xxxxx xx xxxxx xx xxxx xxxxx as xxx xxxx the xxxxx xx or xxxx xxxx as xxx xxxxxx of xxxxx.

I have a lot more to say on this subject, but I have just heard that a man in Australia is offended by the use of the pronoun ‘I’ which he believes excludes ‘him’, so until next time xxxx xxxxxxx.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveler, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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