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!