THIS. IS. STYLEFORUM.
Can imagine we've provided plenty of #styfodude content tonight.
you have posted racist and sexist things a few times and been called on it no? including more or less starting this recent little blow up. perhaps, instead of telling others to "relax, a little", you could realize what century it is. or perhaps wait 24 hours before you press submit on a post that is not strictly clothing related.
Sure I have. And I've openly admitted that I'm racist - like absolutely everybody else, including you Colco. I'm not proud of my racism, but I'm not in denial, and I'm always trying to improve.
Now, I didn't start "this little blow-up". I believe it started with Cao Cao's poor-taste joke, to which Iso took exception.
The undeniable fact of the matter is that "political correctness" (a poor term; "cultural correctness" would be better) and freedom of speech are diametrically opposed principles. Both are laudable in their own way. Neither can be considered paramount, for complete acceptance of one principle necessarily invokes complete denial of the other.
The truth is that what is considered an acceptable balance between these two opposing principles is constantly shifting, from person to person, from culture to culture, and from age to age. I'm saying that Iso is trying to shift the balance point too far towards the PC end of the see-saw, at the expense of free speech.
Let's talk for a moment about the concept of humour. What is humour? Why do people laugh? When you think about it, all jokes have a butt. When we laugh at a joke, it's because someone was made to look foolish. Always. Evolutionary biologists posit that humour is a crucial learning mechanism for young children - a kind of "salutary lesson" by which we learn how to avoid the mistakes of others.
It follows from this that the extreme, reductio-ad-absurdum result of rampant PC is the proscription of all humour.
When I re--read Cao Cao's joke, I could easily interpret it as being directed at himself. He could be lampooning himself for finding a natural biological cycle distasteful. It's also possible that he was genuinely having a go at womankind; reviling all women for the simple reasons that they menstruate.
The fact that neither interpretation of his intended meaning is far-fetched flags his joke as being in poor taste. I get that, and if I had thought to object, I might have just posted a brief comment like "Lame joke, Cao Cao. Try harder next time." I really don't think it needs any more response than that.
I've defended Iso's stylistic choices in clothing several times. He's heavily involved in the LGBTI community and his gender-bending silhouettes are a direct expression of something he feels strongly about. I think that's fantastic, and in fact some of our previous discussions have prompted me to do some further reading on intersex, cis-trans, and all the various subtleties of this emerging culture. If someone cracked a bad joke at the expense of LGBTI people and Iso took offense, well, he'd be more justified than most to call them out on it.
Hopefully that clarifies my own position. I'm not opposed to PC and I'm not a rampant Voltaire-misquoting libertarian. I'm just suggesting that occasionally, a bit of poor-taste humour can be tolerated or at least overlooked. That is to say, perhaps we can all be a little more relaxed.