Part of how I bring home the bacon is by writing, and I plan on using meat metaphors forever and ever. And I say this as one who is generally open to vegetarianism and veganism. I frankly find it offensive that Professor Hamzah is offended by the food of “my people.” (I am joking, “my people” in my world means nothing. All people are my people. But I’m making a point.) Nothing says breakfast like bacon and eggs. Or a good ole’ southern style ham biscuit.
Now, I generally don’t eat either but if bacon offends you that’s YOUR problem not society’s. We are not supposed to bubble wrap the world because YOU are offended at the word “bacon.”
This is not some conservative sentiment. It’s just common sense. You have the problem with bacon. So YOU don’t eat bacon. Don’t write the letters “B-A-C-O-N” if it causes you anxiety for some reason. It’s not my or society’s problem. It is YOURS.
The concept of “empathy” has been used by sociology PC authoritarians to bludgeon perfectly normal people into submission on far too many things. I’ve got news for you, there is someone out there, somewhere, someplace, in the world who will be offended by whatever.
For instance, just because somebody’s abusive elementary school teacher wore corduroy pants and now that person is triggered by corduroy pants doesn’t mean that now no one should wear corduroy pants. That’s on the person who is triggered. Avoid corduroy pants when possible and when confronted by a pair of corduroy pants either find a way to deal or leave. Because I like my corduroy pants. And on occasion I like a big hunk of ham too. YOU figure out how to get along. It’s not up to me or society. It’s time to explain to the perpetually offended speech police that their neurosis is not OUR problem.
As research shows more people are removing animal products from their diets than ever before, Shareena Hamzah of Swansea University says idioms involving animal products could be rendered obsolete because they are out of touch with the zeitgeist.
Writing for The Conversation, the researcher explains how meat-based metaphors are a popular staple of our everyday vernacular but that an increased awareness in the environmental and ethical issues surrounding meat production “will undoubtedly be reflected in our language and literature” and that this language may no longer be so widely accepted.