Euan wrote:No and i don't stand for that bulldust either. Accepting the perpetuation of bulldust categories and demographics just promotes division and derision unnecessarily. We would not be accepting this if the author was talking about blacks or Asian. This is no different.
I completely agree. Cyclists are now becoming the one legitimate minority to abuse.
fattima wrote:I understand what you are saying Euan but the author is talking about behaviour and dress. These are choices while race isn't, so I see it as very different.
No that logic does work. Surely religion is also a choice? Just because something is a choice doesn't make it fair game for abuse. Likewise things that aren't a choice shouldn't be treated like its fragile china.
fattima wrote:I can have a laugh at myself or a friend about for example sense of dress but would never tolerate it about their race/sex/sexuality etc.
Then in my eyes you are a hypocrite.
In fact true biggotry and racism, sexism and sexuality doesn't disappear UNTIL you can laugh about race/sex/sexuality etc... In fact humour is often used to break down the final barriers. Sex (aka gender) is always a joking point in many things. Race can be a joking point thankfully we have a few daring TV shows of Brotown and Pizza, New Zealand being particularly confident at racial humour. Personally I am comfortable laughing and joking at race, sex and sexuality because I am comfortable that I am not a biggot and anybody who knows me would recognise this.
There is a difference between having jokes and pointing out laughable stereotypes such as thing one about Lycra clad cyclists and abuse. Abusing and encouraging hate is not acceptable. It is now socially acceptable to rant at the dinner party about hating cyclists. That is a problem.