Screw You Day

I rather snapped last night. I was watching Infowars, and David Knight remarked that the upmarket UK supermarket chain, Waitrose, had introduced gender-neutral Mother’s Day cards in its stores. Was it true? Within minutes I’d turned up a few other reports:

DON’T MENTION THE M-WORD Mother’s Day renamed You Day by Waitrose in bid to be more gender neutral

Waitrose has produced a ‘Happy You Day’ card in an attempt to be transgender inclusive for Mother’s Day

A SUPERMARKET has started selling gender-neutral Mother’s Day cards – as Happy You Day – in an attempt to be more “transgender inclusive”.

Waitrose has dropped the M-word from some of the Mother’s Day cards it sells and replaced the wording with “Happy You Day” as part of its range.

And I snapped. A few minutes later I had a Waitrose email address, and had written to them to say:

Having just learned that Waitrose has started selling gender-neutral Mother’s Day cards, might I suggest that Waitrose go the whole hog and endorse climate change, the EU, and Jeremy Corbyn.

I suggest that you stay out of politics and stick to just selling food to your customers. Because not everybody wishes to be Politically Correct, and those who don’t will probably not want to buy food from a supermarket chain that trumpets its Political Correctness either.

Not long afterwards, I had a response that started:

Thanks for getting in touch, we hope to personally respond to you within 48 hours, but sometimes it can take a bit longer – your case number is XXXXXXXX.

Whether I get a response or not is open to question, but I’m wondering if I’ll get a response re-asserting Waitrose’s determination to adopt gender-neutral language, and not use words like “mother”, “father”, “brother”, “sister”, etc.

I don’t usually respond to these sorts of acts of cultural vandalism. When PM David Cameron declared (unilaterally, as far as I could see) that gays would be allowed to marry, I didn’t explode. Instead I simply changed my opinion of Cameron from “trendy conservative” to “dangerous radical”.

But when a supermarket chain takes sides in the cultural war that’s going on, I’ve had enough. It’s one thing for a politician to do something political; quite another for a supermarket chain to do the same. Whatever next? When I take my car to the garage for its annual MOT next week, will the the mechanics tell me that red cars are no longer “culturally acceptable” or something? These days you never know.

David Cameron is a political casualty now, and I suspect that a few directors on the board of Waitrose will soon be casualties too. After Cameron had pulled the gay marriage rabbit out of a hat, he seemed to think he could do anything, and called the Brexit referendum, no doubt betting that the British people would roll over just as easily, and meekly agree to stay in the EU, and end the simmering debate for another 50 years. But the British people didn’t roll over, and when the votes had all been counted, Cameron resigned as PM. I don’t think he’s even an MP any more.

And I think this is going to be the fate of pretty much the entire European political class in the years to come. They’re all going to be evicted from office. Because they’ve all become far too conceited and arrogant and self-important. They think they can re-make society from above, using top-down control to tell people how to live their lives, and what to believe, and even how to speak – what words they can and can’t use. Europe is becoming conservative, and not trendy-conservative like Cameron was.

And it’s a response to a thousand small insults. Like the Waitrose ban on Mother’s Day. They’re small things, but they all slowly add up. And they push people to breaking point. And one day they snap. And you can almost hear the sound of the snapping echoing all around Europe.

Because my mother was a woman, and my father was a man. And that fact of life is going to be loudly re-asserted. And much else is going to be re-asserted as well.

 

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24 Responses to Screw You Day

  1. Robbo says:

    A friend of mine went for a checkup.. he,s 68 and the nurse asked him if he was “fluid” about his gender, she said sorry she has to ask these questions

  2. Dr Evil says:

    Mothering Sunday is nothing to do with females who have given birth. It is in honour of the mother church. Yes, I know it’s been hijacked to cover all mothers in actuality to provide profits for silly card makers but is Waitrose actually run by cretins? Certifiable medically handicapped individuals? I am thinking of long term hibernation until this madness blows over.

    • RdM says:

      Mothering Sunday is a different indeed Church celebration especially in the UK & elsewhere, but (even though falling conveniently on the same day) is not related to the Mother’s Day started in the USA that is being discussed here

      Mothering Sunday
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothering_Sunday

      Not to be confused with Mother’s Day.

      Mothering Sunday is a holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians in some parts of Europe. It is observed in many parishes of the Church of England, as well as in many Anglican parishes throughout the world, especially in Canada and Australia. It falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. Once observed as a day on which people would visit their “mother” church, it has also become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.[1] It is increasingly being called Mother’s Day, although that has always been a secular event quite different from the original Mothering Sunday.[1] In the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the same way as Mother’s Day is celebrated elsewhere.

      Mother’s Day has a somewhat sad history and its own founder decried and deplored the commercialisation of it, and so it goes…

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

      Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.

      In the United States, celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4] However, in some countries, Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.[5]

      The modern American-derived version of Mother’s Day has been criticized for having become too commercialized, especially by founder Anna Jarvis

      All this is just trivia…
      Waitrose’s card seems to me more like a lonely Mr. Bean card, sent to self.
      Or a cossetting injunction to pamper oneself.
      Who cares? It’s a pathetic distraction.

  3. Rose says:

    Having considered this subject at length, I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t care if Waitrose throw in a few non-specific cards along with all the Mother’s Day ones.

    • Ripper says:

      Rose, I also, having considered this subject at length, have come to the conclusion that I care. I care very much. Right now Waitrose may be throwing in a few non specific cards along with Mother’s Day cards, but pretty soon there will only be the non specific cards on sale. This goes far deeper than a few cards. Will you care when you no longer have any choice, in anything? When everything has to be ‘approved’? Because that’s where all this is heading. All those nutters out there are practically running the asylum.

      My parents are long dead, so personally I no longer need to buy these cards, but I care about those who do. No matter what the subject – cards, fat, smoking, salt – the list is now endless, we are all up against the same enemy. My country – yes, MY country is becoming like 1930s Germany.

    • Tony Halford says:

      Good to see that someone is keeping their head level over this. All Waitrose are doing is supplying another type of card that may be bought by some people. They are not stopping the sale of ordinary Mothers day cards…just giving a different option for those that want it. I understand why people are against certain progressive concepts but this is not really one of those. This is just expanding the choice on offer.

      • Tony Halford says:

        My reply was directed at Rose, btw…

      • Joe L. says:

        All Waitrose are doing is supplying another type of card that may be bought by some people. They are not stopping the sale of ordinary Mothers day cards…

        … yet.

        We were initially told that smoking was only going to be banned on US domestic short-haul flights of less than 2 hours. Look where we’re at now. Slippery slopes are real.

        Why is there a need to expand the selection of cards for Mother’s Day to include cards for a non-existent “You Day” holiday? We know the greeting card industry will concoct all sorts of “Hallmark Holidays” in order to generate more profits. So why would they not create a new “You Day” holiday and sell even more cards? Why must they dilute the concept of Mother’s Day? It’s rather clear there is a greater Politically Correct agenda at play here; it’s not as simple or innocent as “expanding choices.”

  4. Timothy Goodacre says:

    I’m fed up with this gender neutral crap. A man is a man and a woman is a woman. This country is going bonkers ! Children have a mother and a father not two women or two men.

  5. Anyone hoping to buy ‘Hot Cross Buns’ this Easter maybe disappointed in the same way I was in Tesco looking for Christmas cake.

  6. beobrigitte says:

    DON’T MENTION THE M-WORD
    Mother’s Day renamed You Day by Waitrose in bid to be more gender neutral

    I have no problem with people changing their gender and I have no problem with people who are gay.
    I don’t think either of these have asked for a “gender neutral” adaptation of Mothers Day.

    “You Day”….. that’s not personal! Could be anybody! I’d be telling my offspring off if they’d dare to send me such a card!!!!

  7. Smoking Lamp says:

    The mainstream media once again come s down on the side of antismokers; this example at today’s New York Times: “Austria’s Far Right Wants the Freedom to Smoke” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/world/europe/austria-smoking-ban.html

    This is exemplifies the reasons the pro-choice smokers’ rights movement needs to engage and become more active and mutually supportive. There is no balance in reporting and the antismoker lies go largely unchallenged.

    • Joe L. says:

      Notice how the NYT associates smoking with the “far-right,” which, along with “alt-right,” has become a meme as of late. Since Brexit and the election of Donald Trump (who is actually much more centrist in his views, but the MSM doesn’t want you to remember that), the Progressive media has been pushing to make “far-right” synonymous with “crazy,” “racist,” “bigot,” “xenophobe,” “Nazi” (even though the Nazis were left-wing socialists), etc.

      They want people to despise this manufactured concept of the “far-right.” Now they’re trying to lump in smokers and smokers’ rights activists. I’m not surprised, but I’m really pissed off. This is an attempt by the Progressives to make Hillary Clinton’s so-called “basket of deplorables” even bigger.

      The NYT specifically chose the fringe “Freedom Party” of Austria to write this piece about, so they could say things like this:

      But it also fits neatly with the Freedom Party’s anti-establishment and quasi-libertarian tilt. “Freedom of choice” is the flip side of a far-right agenda that otherwise seems inclined to dictate to citizens, especially those from minorities, everything from whether they can wear head coverings to whom they should marry.

      They deliberately chose to ignore the far larger number of more centrist, libertarian parties and individuals out there (such as myself) who care about preserving personal liberties and freedom of choice which includes the choice to wear head coverings and to marry whomever one pleases.

      This article is pure Progressive propaganda.

      • Joe L. says:

        Oh, and the last quote of the article is so cliché it’s ridiculous:

        “It’s like a reward for waking up early,” Mr. Mayer said. But even as he enjoyed his cigarette, he, like his country, had mixed feelings about it.

        “Smoking gives me a kind of feeling like slavery,” he said. “It would be helpful if it were banned.”

        I call bullshit. I have a feeling those words were never spoken (or were conveniently “lost in translation”).

        • waltc says:

          Unfortunately, there’s one of those people everywhere. The writers just ask until they find him.

  8. Joe L. says:

    OT: Just when I thought I’ve heard everything, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is now warning that Brexit will make Britain more obese!

    UK anti-obesity drive at risk from new US trade deal, doctors warn

    Britain’s post-Brexit trade deal with the United States could lead to even higher rates of obesity through the import of American foods high in fat and sugar, children’s doctors have warned.

    US “hostility” towards measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits, such as traffic light labelling, is also a major threat to the government’s anti-obesity drive, it has been claimed.

    The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is urging ministers to resist pressure to unwind key public health measures in their quest for a future trans-Atlantic trade deal.

    “We’re concerned by the evidence of US hostility in trade talks towards countries that want to set their own domestic agenda on reducing sugar intake, particularly the push [from the US] to keep traffic light labelling voluntary. We can’t allow trade talks to undermine efforts to tackle childhood obesity,” said Prof Russell Viner, the RCPCH president.

    “Children’s health outcomes are much worse in the US than in many other comparable countries, and we don’t want to import these along with the sugar.”

  9. waltc says:

    I’m with Frank and Ripper on this.(and glad Frank was stirred to action because only action stands a chance). I object mostly but not only on the grounds of the slope that slips faster by the minute Isn’t there already a country–Canada? France? –where birth certificates are no longer issued with mother and father but rather Parent 1 and Parent 2? (As though one of the two male “parents” could have actually given birth and been an actual Parent, as every language on earth has understood the word since language was invented. ) Then, too, unless we also redefine the word Mother, the You Day thing is beyond making sense. The adult “parents” in question have actual mothers or they wouldn’t be among us, and how does a child living with two male “parents” decide which You is its politically correct Mother to honor with such an ersatz Mothers Day card? And all those children in homosexual homes had actual mothers or they wouldn’t be here either. And do we now have to refer to mother-f’ers as you-f’ers?

    The dinosaurs may have gone extinct because of a meteor but the human race will off itself through self-emasculation and indoctrination about “gender fluidity”

  10. waltc says:

    From yesterday:

    As for group formation–Frank, I think you’re talking about a distinction w/o a difference. When I got angry and got interested in doing something about it, I actively looked for others who were doing something about it. I just happened to see a guy being interviewed on network television who represented something like The American Smokers Alliance (a citizen group that I’d never heard of) tracked him down and got in touch with him. He in turn put me in touch with the first wave activists (including the wonderful Martha Perske) all of whom were doing something. IOW, activists sought activists. I figured I could write something. Went to the library and read the Surgeon Generals first report on SHS ( on microfilm yet, all 500+ pages) On my own, I got in touch with Reynolds Tobacco to get more information for an article that, to my naive surprise, I couldn’t get published by sources that usually published me. But Reynolds started recommending me to do radio and television interviews and, they in turn, drew other pissed off smokers. It grew organically.

    I first met Audrey at a city council hearing in, perhaps, 2000– before the first of the really major NYC bans, though I’d heard of her through a grapevine. And Audrey’s own subsequent appearances on radio and television drew others to CLASH. Its members weren’t recruited; they sought her out and joined. Then, too, we put together some money and ran ads which attracted more smokers. And other groups folded into Audrey’s because CLASH was where the action was.

    But again, to repeat my point from yesterday– as with all “movements” most joiners aren’t activists. They do, however, represent the power of numbers behind what the few leading activists do. And the members count on the activists to act on their behalf. Though again, without the activists, all you’ve got is a club.

    • Lepercolonist says:

      Rabid antismoker dismembers his wife circa 1985:

      NYC prominent plastic surgeon , Robert Bierenbaum was issued a restraining order after choking his wife unconscious because he caught her smoking a cigarette in their NY apartment. He later tried to kiss and make-up by seeing a psychiatrist and begging Gail to come back. After a few months he totally snapped.

      Bierenbaum was convicted in October 2000 of murder in the strangulation
      death of his wife, Gail-Katz Bierenbaum The death occurred in their Manhattan apartment on July 7,1985.
      The prosecution stated that Bierenbaum discarded his wife’s dismembered body in the ocean. The victim’s body has never been discovered.

      This surgeon was a suffocating control freak that snapped when he discovered his wife was moving out. It’s possible she told him they were finished while lighting a cigarette.

    • Frank Davis says:

      As for group formation–Frank, I think you’re talking about a distinction w/o a difference.

      I don’t agree. Although I well understand why you don’t think there’s a difference.

      Your story is very interesting. And quite different from mine.

      I got angry too. Apoplectically angry, in fact. But I didn’t immediately go looking for like-minded people. When I eventually found F2C, I was rather disappointed at the hubbub in its message board. I didn’t join. I didn’t join Forest either. I’m not a joiner. And I’m not an activist.

      What I eventually did was to start a blog. And write about my experience. And write about it for other smokers to read. It was something that was easy for me to do, because I wrote a journal anyway (still do), and all I had to do was re-direct some of it for public consumption. And that’s essentially what I still do, with occasional excursions into doing things like the ISIS survey, and more recently the Smoky Drinky Bar.

      I’m essentially oriented towards smokers. I’m interested in them. I’m not that interested in engaging the enemy, for the reasons I’ve been setting out over the past week: first you need an army.

      Both the ISIS Survey and the Smoky Drinky Bar are oriented towards smokers. The first was about finding out what they’d experienced, and how it affected them. The second is about bringing them together, and getting them talking. I’m probably also the main reason why Dmitri Kossyrev has been writing for the new Smoking Bandits blog: I personally contacted him a couple of years back, because I wanted to hear Russian voices. I’d like to hear Chinese and Japanese and Indian voices too, but I haven’t so far.

  11. Darryl says:

    The following is from the September 2017 issue of ‘Uncensored’ magazine.

    “As several articles in this issue demonstrate there most certainly is an agenda and one with several facets, not the least of which is to deflect our attention away from the causes of the transgender phenomenon.
    Which happen to be the ridiculous amounts of gender-bending chemicals and birth control drugs that are being spewed into the environment, together with soy based estrogen-laden foods like tofu, soy fed farmed fish and chicken.
    Why stop all those profitable enterprises when you can normalise transgender? Glorify it, actually. And no one will ask any embarrassing questions.”
    Jonathan Eisen, Editor

  12. Clint says:

    In the land down-under, led by the eco-Marxist coalition of losers who have no right whatsoever to be in government beyond the tortured machinations of an electoral system that allows minorities to pivot entire governments or assemble a pseudo-majority and pretend, virtue signalling is an elevated art form. Companies eager to demonstrate their pecksniffian compliance are, after months of prolonged investigation by the Ministry of Truth, awarded the Rainbow Tick, which they proceed to dutifully and proudly display. This means that they embrace all genders, permutations of gender, feelings about gender or incipient gender, without discerning any difference, which rather begs the question why one actually requires identity politics in the first place, except perhaps to garner a Rainbow Tick and be seen to virtue signal. It is indeed as foolish as it looks.

  13. Rose says:

    I would have thought that 10 years of government sanctioned “denormalisation” might have given rise to a little tolerance for other people and their circumstances, it was certainly an eye opener for me, but Waitrose is a business and despite the apparent virtue signalling, if they find there is no market for those cards they are unlikely to provide them again.

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