Friday Fictioneers 4/24/21- Terribly Revealing

PHOTO PROMPT © David Stewart

“Hi, this is Jan from the Gender Studies department. How are you?”
“Fine. What’s this about?”
“We heard that you’re having a ‘gender reveal’ tonight on the canal. As a professor at our University, we strongly suggest you cancel.”
” Why?”
“We don’t believe your ‘reveal’ is consistent with our values.”
“And unless you cancel, we’ll have to reconsider your position here.”
“My decision to announce my child’s sex is a problem?”
“Its gender can’t be determined. I’m trying to educate you.”

That evening,Tracy joyfully learned she would have a daughter.
The University would hear from her lawyer.
(100 words)

For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Cancel Culture deprives us of Satire

Satire – the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

I don’t think we’d be hard pressed to find feminist groups who think kids should never be exposed to Ralph Kramden. The Honeymooners were a collection of one male chauvinistic scenario after another. Ralph shouted, threatened, and belittled his wife Alice. Yet, Ralph had tender moments with Alice, and most importantly, Alice almost always got the better of him. She ignored his faux aggressions and never played the victim either. Alice was the hero of every episode.
This is what’s known as ‘satire’. Satire is, IMO, one of the most powerful ways to expose unpleasant norms and enlighten people. It addresses those issues directly, and humorously, trusting in the viewers’ intelligence to draw conclusions.
‘Cancel culture’ is enormously satirically impaired to the point of idiocy. [I believe it comes from the ‘cancel decision makers’, who promote silencing, thinking they have an elite level of intelligence unavailable to the rest of us.]
But they, themselves, have become satirical caricatures who are hopelessly un-self-aware. Try not to outwardly laugh at them. They may cancel YOU!

Watch this clip kids. Have fun! You’re smart enough, and tough enough, to take it.