If you think the p.c police are bad here, wait til you get a load of what they’re doing across the pond. The Brits have kicked their cray-cray up a notch. BAM!
[T]he BBC is once again under fire. Only this time, the dispute involves a rather less offensive term … girl. The corporation was accused of censorship after cutting the ‘G-word’ from a documentary on the Commonwealth Games.
During the programme, presenter Mark Beaumont, 31, was flung to the ground by a young judo champion, and joked: “I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old-girl.”
His remarks were aired in full when the documentary, called The Queen’s Baton Relay, was first broadcast on the BBC News Channel in April. But fearing viewers might take offence, the corporation decided to edit out the word ‘girl’ when it was repeated last week.
Before I even begin, I would like to make an announcement. If any female readers are offended by the word “girl,” pack up your belongings and get off my blog. That is not a joke. You are obviously crazier than I am… which means you need to seek professional help.
As for the subject at hand, how should we refer to a 19-year old female? She is not exactly a woman yet, and a little old to be called a teenager. So you’re looking at two choices: “female” or “girl.” Female is cold and impersonal – just the thing for our progressive womyn activists.
Girl is more personal, and to me, endearing. If I call you a girl – or more specifically, “My girl” – it is a term of endearment. My daughter, Princess P, is my girl, and I remind her all the time. The day she tells me “girl” is offensive will be the saddest day of my life.