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"Political correctness" critiqued

By Corey Feldman

A new book by a University of Wealthy Ontarians sociology professor has stirred up controversy on campus and across North America.

Political Correctness, by professor George Jabroni, was released in stores two weeks ago. The book details the evolution and social implication of political correctness in western societies. In the book, Jabroni argues that political correctness is arbitrary and valueless to a rational society.

With chapter titles such as "'Retarded' Used to be a Real Word," "Woman – Back in the Kitchen," "War, What is it Not Good For?" and "Pregnancy: Reproduction or Parasitic Infection?", Jabroni has stirred up the anger of many of his peers.

"George repeatedly ignores the variety of gender-based roles society imposes on women," said UWO political science professor Femme Inist. "I can't believe an academic in this day and age could be so intolerant of a pluralistic society such as our own."

UWO administration also reacted negatively to the book, as Housing and Anti-fun Services banned it from all student residences last week.

According to Jabroni, some of the criticisms are unwarranted. "I expected this type of backlash from oversensitive types," he said. "People need to understand that not all of the examples I use to deconstruct politically correct paradigms are opinions I hold dear to my own ideology.

"For instance, I don't necessarily believe that all women fake pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms as often as they do orgasms. But really, this whole PMS thing really has run its course, don't you think?"

Surprisingly, the book does have some advocates.

United States political figures Pat Pukanan and Jesse Plems both said they enjoyed the book thoroughly, but were later disappointed when they realized it was written by a Canadian.

Quebec Premier Bernard Laundry had the same reaction when he discovered that, much to his dismay, Jabroni was only half-French. Laundry is now introducing legislation to force Quebec booksellers to tear the book in two and label one half "distinct."

Prime Minister Jean Crouton said he thought the book was clear and well written. His gibberish-to-English translator later explained this meant he thought it was confusing and ambiguous.

Jabroni's next book, Putting the Poor to Work: How to Stop Societal Leeching, is due for release next year.

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