Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: bigots, boats and bullies edition

It's bigots, bigots, everywhere, and plenty of free speech. Plus: do teachers actually do any work?

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Bigots rejoice. Huzzah! Huzzah! Sound the trumpets and send in the dancing girls! Australians have a right to be bigots! No doubt the narrow-minded and the aggrieved will now emerge from under their rocks, blinking a little at the unaccustomed light, ready to celebrate their freedom by attempting to make others feel as much like crap as they do.

Seriously though, I do have some sympathy with the freedom of speech argument. I have never been terribly impressed by those who have told me they were offended by something I have written or said. In my case the people I seem to offend easily are the religious, usually because of my feminism. I am afraid my reply to them has always been that if the worst thing that happens to you is you get offended by something I’ve said, you are living a pretty good life.

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  1. TheFamousEccles

    Thanks Jane, for the links. I have often found your contribution informative for this very reason.

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