Monday, 19 March 2012

urbanity and the language police

 Here's a bit of a laugh from Urban Outfitters, purveyors of fine clothes to the people you can see being sick in bus shelters, if you should happen to be out and about in a city centre in the hours before dawn.

Jack and Jill,
Went up the hill,
So Jack could see Jill's fanny,
But Jack got a shock,
And an eyeful of cock,
Because Jill was a closet tranny.

I appreciated the humour so much that I registered with the website, so that I could write a review.

This card buys into the narrative that trans women are predatory deceivers, trying to trick men into sex. It's offensively stupid. Furthermore, if you don't own the term, you've no business calling people trannies. 

It's hard to imagine the circumstances when anyone would want to send this card to anyone else. What message  are you or the potential purchaser trying to put across, here? -that you're an idiot?

Sadly, the website encountered a problem with my review. As they explained (see below)

Your review text contains inappropriate language


  1. Blimey, you couldn't make it up! Which word was inappropriate I wonder? The 'S' word?

  2. I'm guessing 'trannies', actually..

  3. Duh! You used words with more than two syllables !

  4. The inappropriate word, underlined in RED is Review. Dru just made an intelligent response. The card if not done by someone who is transgender shouldn't even be legal. It also what most people in family situations would call inappropriate.

    I've even seen worse endorsed by a USA State in that any African American person should still be a slave.

    Isn't it wonderful when people have this power against decent individuals, and Dru is one of the most decent individuals you'll ever meet.


  5. Glad you got a screen shot of that Dru, it's not marked as "sold out" with no picture

  6. ... that should read "now marked as sold out"

  7. I did tinker around with the post to see what was the word; it was 'sex', I think. Though the important thing is, of course, the hypocrisy.... yes, Mary- taking screen grabs is evidently a prudent move these days.

    -looking at the OU site, there's heaps of really crass stupid stuff, isn't there? The sort of thing that would be met by an embarrassed silence just about anywhere, I'd have thought. Oh well, one more windmill tilted!

  8. Caroline Greenbee5 April 2012 at 10:32

    Trannies in my book are small radios : from a missed era before prison planet ....
    Oh ?
    people are people , idiot