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All aboard flight PC

All aboard flight PC

A popular internet video has flight attendants dancing as they demonstrate safety procedures. Apparently it’s ‘gender insensitive,’ whatever the heck that means.

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October 6, 2010 3:56 by



There is being respectful, and then there’s being “PC.” The latter too often involves being an annoying oversensitive prude who gets “offended” by the slightest action that could be construed as racist, sexist, ageist and any other –ist you can think of.

“Gender insensitive” was the particular term that the FASAP (the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines) chose to use to describe their disapproval of a video that has emerged on the internet of dancing flight attendants. In the video, the attendants prance down the aisle to a mash-up of Lady Gaga and Keisha while going through the usual instructions of how to act in case of an emergency.

Now, Kipp is as aware of feminist sensibilities as Betty Friedan was (OK maybe not quite as much), but we hardly think of the stewardess’ playful jigs back and forth as suggestive or provocative, and definitely NOT as “gender insensitive.” What does that term even mean? The routine can be performed just as well by male attendants as female. In any case the dance move is so halal, it’s could be performed by the members of The Mickey Mouse Club.

Irrespective of the fact that the dance routine was just a demo, ideology that scorns at women grooving to entertaining but not provocative dance moves is quite far from the liberalism that politically correct feminists are so proud of.



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