Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dwarf Planet Pluto Isn't PC Anymore

Just when you thought political-correctness couldn't get any worse, it turns out even planets can be cause for offense. Specifically, Pluto, which was, in fact, demoted from planet to dwarf planet last year. And, you guessed it, the term, "dwarf" is the problem.

According to a woman I overheard at the gym, a lesson plan involving Pluto ruffled some feathers in her son's Marin County elementary school. It seems his teacher is what's now known as a "little person" (but used to be known as "midgets" or, less frequently, "dwarves") and concern was raised that she might be offended by the use of the term, "dwarf."

But, in the end, the anxiety was for nought because the teacher (who obviously had more sense than her colleagues) assured her class that they could go ahead and call Pluto a "dwarf planet" after all.

Whew--crisis averted!

8 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

I like Pluto -size is unimportant ! :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:12:00 AM  
Blogger Bald Headed Geek said...

Idiocy run amok, but then again, I expect this type of nonsense from the Bay Area.

BHG

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:57:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Burri said...

Has no one even considered Pluto's feelings?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 1:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Zhombre said...

They could call it a Dennis Kucinich sized planet.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Wow, that's some story! I'm ceaselessly amazed.

In any case, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you overheard this conversation? And this was somehow a story in your twisted mind? Great work - you are really smokin' out the liberal dwarf terrorist-loving health club freaks. Impressive.

Friday, November 23, 2007 8:36:00 PM  
Blogger Rahul Kumble said...

The debate if Pluto is indeed a planet or just another body or comet candidate of the Oort cloud has not altogether died. May be it was and solar system captured it in some distant past and made it the ninth planet. I'd like to believe it is so. Like this, we may have many planets-to-be candidates. Most are welcome.

Friday, December 07, 2007 4:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Some people give me gas!! It's a dwarf planet - fine by me.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 10:31:00 AM  

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