Meleah over at Momma Mia Mea Culpa posted an email from her mother recently about the Death of Common Sense and it got me thinking about political correctness and some of the absolute extremist dogma that I've seen over the years.
The original author of that post is Lori Borgman and it can be found here.
More than a decade ago now, when I was still in the police force, I was sent down to East Gippsland to monitor some anti-logging protests that were underway in some of our State Forests. During this particular protest there were a number of arrests and we were back at Orbost Police Station. There were the usual pot smoking, drum banging, caftan wearing, dreadlocked panoply of protesters I'd seen in the streets in any one of dozens of causes over the years.
One of the girls demanded to be allowed to go to the toilet and on exiting the door was waving her wet hands in the air, shaking the drops of water off.
One of the coppers saw that and asked "Are we out of paper towel in there?"
"No", she said, "we don't use paper!"
"What did you wipe your bum with then?" he asked.