I like to think of myself as being a reasonably tolerant person.
I have no problem with race colour or religion and tend to treat everyone with the same level of indifference. I do have a problem with foreigners who are placed in a position where they are expected to deal with the public but who don’t have the necessary language skills, but that is purely a problem of practicality.
I came across something though over at Mac’s place which somewhat shook my tolerance to the foundations
The first two chosen are Ven Paldano and Shona Raine from the Queer Trans Intersex People of Colour (QTIPoC) Narratives Collective Brighton.
What the blind fuck is “Queer Trans Intersex People of Colour”?
“Queer” I get, though I thought it was supposed to be a derogatory name for Gays? Are they back to being Queer again or is there a subtle difference I am supposed to know about? Maybe it’s a permissions thing where Gays can call each other Queers but no one else can, a bit like Blacks calling each other Nigger?
“Trans” also confuses me a bit. Have they already transed? Do they just secretly want to trans? How are we supposed to know?
“Intersex” is another bothersome one. The etymology of the word would imply they are between male and female but are neither but just lingering in a somewhat grey area. Or are they just so desperate for a bit of nooky that it doesn’t bother them where they get it, be the partner male or female?
I have always had a problem with “People of Colour”. It is a nonsensical term as it includes absolutely everyone except maybe a few extreme Albinos. I have a colour which varies from pinkish light tan to pinkish dark tan depending on the seasons so technically I an a “Person of Colour”? Quite frankly it’s a term I detest as it just reeks of Political Correctness. It’s one of those terms where I feel like I’m treading on delicate eggshells.
Enough is enough. My tolerance has found an exception.
I am definitely a QTIPoCphobe.