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Protests can be absurd sometimes

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“Swine Flu:
In the days when pigs could fly
Goose pimples:
Adolescent pond life
Bombay Duck:
The city’s cricket team scores noruns…”
From Khadi Boli to Hyperbole by Bachchoo

A snowflake is the most delicate of crystalline structures of water. Looked at through crystallographic magnifiers, it’s very pretty. The least heat, the most gentle rays of the sun, melt it. It’s very short-lived in the real world.

The snowflake has, in recent English usage, given its name to those individuals, mostly adolescents of college-going age in America and Britain, who profess various delicacies and demand protection and safe places from what they consider, in the main, opinions and even phrases. The strongest manifestations of their dislikes are assaults on statues of historical figures who were involved in colonial conquests of Africa or who fought on the losing. slave-owning side of the American Civil War. Another popular and frequent maneuver is the banning of speakers with whose opinions they disagree. It’s called “no-platforming” in universities and has been used in the cause of the protection of some newly-contrived delicate sensibility to ban the likes of the pioneering feminist Germaine Greer. I am aware that Ms Greer voices opinions with which many people disagree and some are even shocked and astounded by, but shock and astonishment should be absorbed as part of the knocks of debate, if not of a cruel world.

The latest outbreak of snowflakeism,........

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