Sunday, 17 April 2011

That's Spring Spheres to you, bunny!

Every year I find a news item or an urgent issue that inspires a post about Easter.

In 2011, this has to be the one.
A teenager volunteering at a Seattle elementary school was apparently told to use the politically correct name “spring spheres” when she tried giving kids plastic Easter eggs filled with candy.

But a Seattle school board spokesperson told the Star it has not been able to confirm whether the incident actually happened.

“They said I could do it as long as I called the treats ‘spring spheres.’ I couldn’t call them Easter eggs,” a 16-year-old named Jessica told a Seattle radio station.
Ah, "political correctness", a term now pejoratively used by those who are too intellectually lazy, too ideologically religious or too politically entrenched to accept a challenge to their bigotry.

The incident above sounds like a humour-challenged fundamentalist misunderstood a comment or invented one to create the perception that there's some anti-christian "War on Easter" being waged.

That's actually quite amusing, given the pagan origins of Easter and the christians' systemic appropriation of beliefs and traditions that pre-date the alleged resurrection of their saviour.

Consider the squeamishness of RWNJ (right wing nut jobs) when certain words from *down there* are uttered publicly. From here:
At one point [Democratic State Representative Scott] Randolph suggested that his wife "incorporate her uterus" to stop Republicans from pushing measures that would restrict abortions. Republicans, after all, wouldn't want to further regulate a Florida business.

Apparently the GOP leadership of the House didn't like the one-liner.

They told Democrats that Randolph is not to discuss body parts on the House floor.
This led to a hysterically witty tweet campaign, in response to the Republican Stoopidity, with evocative Twitter hashtags: #uterati #GOPnames4uterus #OMGuterus #uterusmovielines, and more.

And also. The Raging Grannies sing out in their typical fashion.


Dr.Dawg said...

A Spring oblate spheroid, shurely? --Ed.

deBeauxOs said...

That's Mrs Shurely to you!

Dr.Dawg said...

My mistake anyway, Ms. Shurely:

"The shape of an egg is approximately that of half each a prolate and a roughly spherical (potentially even minorly oblate) ellipsoid joined at the equator, sharing a principal axis of rotational symmetry."

So, Spring Half-prolate and Possibly Minorly Oblate Ellipsoid Joined at the Equator, or SHPMOEJE for short.

deBeauxOs said...

TMI, Shirley.

rww said...

Isn't the real insult to Christians making Easter about Bunnies handing out chocolate eggs - not what you call them.

deBeauxOs said...

rww - One would think so.

Orwell's Bastard said...

Two words that say "spring" better than any egg, sphere, ovoid or chocolate bunny:

"Gefilte fish."

Zay geszundt.

Mandos said...

See: a gefilte fish embryo.

Also, shouldn't it be a SHPMOEJESPARS?

deBeauxOs said...

Sorry, but my particular ethnic configuration does not allow me to say:

"Mmmm. Gefilte fish."

But I will note that science RULES no matter what. And evolution just keeps rolling along.

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