In light of how much censorship the USA has been undergoing these days where if you even say "hello" the wrong way it seems, then you automatically get cancelled, I have decided to no longer publish anymore articles on this site, nor any other site until further notice.
No, I have no intentioon of deleting any of my articles that I've already published for now, but if any of you wish to unfollow me in light of this information, then I'll completely understand.
Anyways, feel free to browse my past content, and message me if you have any questions. Also stay safe everyone.
Also I will still be posting in these forums periodically like you all have seen me doing these past few months, and hopefully I'll see you guys later.
Could you be more specific? I am also against cancel culture, but that hasn't stopped me from publishing online both here and on other sites.
I already stated my reasons in response to lobobrandon. You can read it if you want and that's your answer right there. Look I've been been thinking about this most of this year honestly. Yeah I did want to start writing again but after seeing how bad censorship has gotten, and how tenuous my situation is in real life right now, I had to ask myself is writing articles even worth it? I mean right now I have a strong possibility of moving up with the job I have now if things go well and do I really want to risk publishing an article where people might get offended and I'll end up losing everything in real life over it? People do get fired over things you post online you know.
Hell there were quite a few hotel employees that were fired for endorsing the freedom of Hong Kong. Hell in the NBA, Daryl Morey of the Houston rockets was forced to apologise publicly merely liking a tweet to free Hong Kong. And since then it was on record that any fan that shows up to NBA games that shows up with shirts, signs and etc in support to free Hong Kong was immediately thrown out of NBA games.
I'm sorry but I have too much to lose than I have to gain by publishing an another article. I'm sorry but I'm done.
For days, I migrated to this thread and found it challenging. But I refrained from making any post or comment. Here and there I got few hints, and this question trouble an inquisive mind. Seriously, is the censor by the government? I may be wrong. But I reason "race" is now a uniquire powerful too being used to target all things, persons, and organisations. Correct? But the effects were very terrific. I feared if government or the politician leverage on this, a riot may result. But heavens forbid bad things.
I wouldn't say by the government but more or less by the US society in general. Look, I do appreciate you taking the time to want to comment on this issue, but my mind is already made up. I have too much to lose if i publish an article that might "offend" anyone.
Therefore, I'm not going to publish anything anymore. I only created this thread on the off chance that my followers might see it, and it's more or less giving them a heads up that I'm not producing content anymore so they can make the choice to continue to follow me or not. It's entirely up to them.
People should just chill, and stop making mountains out of mole hills. It's never that serious.
I have not read the 60 comments before this.
I might be willing to tangle withe the mess here one more time. It all depends on what I think is best for me.
I admit that I didn't read the entirety of this thread; although, I did read a good bit. I respect the OP's wishes and I understand that to someone from outside the US looking in that it does probably look scary. The thing is that the people doing the cancel culture are really a small percentage of the population here. They're the ones that get on social media and scream the loudest. The news picks it up because...well, all they care about is making money and so they run a story on it. Also, depending on the news network, they add fluff (lots of fluff). Fluff sells.
The thing is that they can't cancel you if you refuse to be cancelled. Nick Sandman is a perfect example. He refused to be cancelled. He fought back and is no where near cancelled. In fact, he'll never have to work if he doesn't want to because he's rolling in all that dough.
People tried to cancel Howard Stern back in the day. Is he cancelled? Heck no! He owns Sirius Radio. That man is far from cancelled.
Just my observations.
I get what you're saying but the difference between me and those other people you speak of is that they had a lot of supporters backing them up. Even when I was at my most popular on this site, I think I only generated like maybe a 100 views per every new I published if even that so I have to ask myself is the risk worth the reward. Or is the risk too much in my case since I really need the job I'm working at now.
It's a shame too as I do miss writing and I did have a lot of ideas on what I was going to write about but sadly those ideas won't be published anytime soon.
Not at all. I just noticed how bad censorship has gotten in the USA that if you don't parrot what the liberal media wants then you get cancelled.
For example. There's a guy on geeks and gamers YouTube that was labeled a racist a few years ago when he gave black panther an 8 out of ten.
Then there's the incident with Goya where all the CEO did was state his opinions about trump and then CNN and various other companies are now demanding they be cancelled.
You had a baseball player called out as being racist for standing during the national anthem recently simply because of religious beliefs.
Hell after the Washington Redskins agreed to change their name and logo, now I'm finding out the Texas rangers name is now deemed offensive?
Hell James harden recently came into the NBA bubble wearing a damn blue facemask with the American flag on it and he had to apologise for that. Why would he even need to apologise for that?
Hell you have the Washington Post demanding all cop shows and movies be cancelled. Hell you know the cop dog from paw patrol? There's legions of people out there demanding that he put to sleep just because they don't want cops to be portrayed in a positive light.
Hell at my new job recently, we used to be able to wear whatever we wanted as long as there was nothing that could be deemed offensive on our attire. But now? We're being asked to wear attire that has no logos, no messages, and no adverting of any kind.
You have various companies and politicians considering mangas and Japanese anime too pornographic and some politicians claim it exploits kids. No joke. Hell I just found out dragon Ball z might be cancelled soon because some politician in the USA says it's too lewd.
After talking about this with my family, I'm scared that if I write another article and if it doesn't line up exactly with what society wants then I'll end up being cancelled. I have a lot going for me right now in real life and I'm not going to risk it all away writing articles that get maybe a 1000 or sometimes as low as 10 views at best each. That's not worth the risk to me.
Most of the limits relate to a somewhat zealous interpretation of Adsense rules. People then misinterpret it according to what they are currently feeling "oppressed" by. But its just the free market.
Strangely enough, I had a very polite email yesterday from a Maven editor, asking me to review my use of 'white witchcraft' in an article because it could be seen as racist.
It's all getting a bit sinister.
The last time they edited my articles on dogs, they changed all references from "he" and "she" to "they/them", even when the plural form of the word was inappropriate.
Do even dogs have to be PC now?
I better remove any comments about Rotties being good guard dogs because they are dark. It is kind of racist, right?
There was a notice put out by our NHS yesterday with guidelines for pap tests for 'individuals with a cervix'.
That sounds discriminatory. Lots of people don’t have those.
Yes, in the regular kind of hysterectomy the cervix is removed, so it does make sense to put it in those words.
I doubt that hysterectomies were behind that particular guideline...
Women who have had hysterectomies understand that they are still women.
But they do not have to get tested for that kind of cancer, do they? I guess as wilderness always says, if you look deep enough you will always find something to be offended at.
The Pap test is also used to diagnose vaginal cancer. Women still have a vagina after a total hysterectomy.
Didn't know it's used for both types. They need to correct their statement then xD
I think we are veering off, the actual discussion, and getting into something that hardly concern the menfolk?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a pap test is not needed if you've had a total hysterectomy where the cervix has been removed, unless it was removed because of cancer. Then a doctor may recommend it. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/disc … terectomy/
This was my understanding of it. Thanks for sharing.
None of that is part of the point. The point is that they are no longer using the word 'woman'.
Twitter has been quite funny over the issue with lyrics... "When an individual without a cervix loves an individual with a cervix." "No individual with a cervix, no cry".
https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-story … ncer-women
It's funny, yet it isn't.
Thanks for the link. It sure is helpful.
According the Mayo Clinic a pap smear can be used to detect vaginal cancer. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-con … c-20352453
Deep enough? Don't have to look very deep. Women are being cancelled in order not to offend a very minute sector of society.
Deep enough? I'm afraid we're derailing again from the "content writing" talk. Funny? I think not. Sad? Not in the least. It is better we digress with the content proper. What's the benefit of the deep secret?
The topic is the cancel culture and the OP's opinion that writing almost anything these days will offend someone.
Yes, there have been some deviations on the thread but that's how conversations work.
I see what you mean. But how are women being cancelled? They are still included. Some of it does go too far but I fail to see why you say women are being cancelled.
Have a look at the furore surrounding JK Rowling at the moment.
https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/j-k- … er-issues/
Edit: "Individuals with a cervix" are 99.999% women They are avoiding using the word.
So, whether you are writing about women, white witchcraft, black dogs or whatever, you are in danger of offending someone. That's what the thread is about. The cancel culture is growing.
That's not the same as cancel culture in my opinion. Cancel culture is as the OP pointed out, the cancellation of puff paws or whatever that cartoon is called. What you are talking about is inclusiveness. Taking down statues of people who offended millions is not a bad thing, you do not find statues of Hitler in town centers, even though he did do some amazing things for the country because he was mostly genocidal. He was seen for his actions and not say the advances in science and flight that his actions led to.
People who "discovered" the America's for profit (for example) and massacred people are in the same light genocidal folk who did help aid in the growth of navigation, but that is not their main contribution, albeit many see it that way because they were not the ones that were wronged, it's just human nature to not be able to see things from many perspectives. At that time it was not a crime in certain parts of the world to do things we now consider wrong, but I'm sure the natives did not like this even at that point in time and now that they are being given an opinion and things that point to the destruction of their culture and their ancestors is being seen as destroying American culture? Really?
You no longer have the word thou in the English language that was used in many senses to say you without a lot of respect. Things change with time words come and go. I can see that the pronouns are going to change in time too, scary for some people out there, I can imagine. I don't care what pronoun people refer to me by, I'm Brandon, I'm a man yes, but I'm Brandon first, so counting me as an individual before a man is not something I take offense to, I do understand why some people can find it offensive.
The fact is that women are not being omitted, many are being offended because others are being included, so what if they are just 1% or 5% of the population? I don't see how it is offensive to be seen as an individual instead of a woman.
Going into others' work and changing things is a whole different story that takes away free speech, but when public offices and public institutions are making sure everyone is included why is it seen as negative, especially when these offices need everyone on their side for them to come into power be it the minority or the majority. The majority is not being put in danger by this move, so it cannot be argued that the needs of many outweigh the needs of the few. It is the same reasons businesses are making changes to be inclusive. Does this all sound stupid? Of course, but something sounding stupid for a while is a lot better than something causing generations of people to be depressed just because they have to fit a label. This is called progress, there are studies that show the number of people who go into depression just because they don't fit a label, and no they are not all LGBT.
You being told that white witchcraft could be seen as racist is stupid where people don't know what it refers to. White being seen as selfless is a whole different debate, but that has go to do with light and darkness and not skin colour.
What is happening to JK Rowling and the others is just people being stupid and hateful you have stupid people in all walks of life, the majority and the minority.
Those are just my thoughts on the subject. I would rather have my society being accepting of people and their sentiments when it is easy to do rather than have sentiments in someone who wronged others. This is also why I do not have role models or people I look up to. I admire some traits of some individuals, not the individual.
I agree with mostly all you say, but to deliberately not use the word 'women', which is what was done in my example, is just plain wrong. There are suggestions that the word should be changed to 'womxn'.
To open up female-only spaces to males who identify as women is wrong. Trans women who have actually transitioned is fine but if they are sporting male genitalia then they need their own spaces. There have been several incidents in the UK where women and girls have been physically assaulted. We need to feel safe when in our designated safe-spaces. I need to know that my girl is safe.
I do understand the issues and I do understand that trans people also need to feel safe. This is quite a well-thought out article which explains the dilemma.
https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/blog/ … ay-forward
I agree with what you say in the second paragraph and I don't know what the womxn has got to do with anything. Do they just want to change it to get the word man out of there?
I'll check out the article later. Thanks for the link.
I've check out the article. What a long read. And if the word woman is changed to womxn, what difference does that make in appearance? Does the "space" no longer opens to the man? Hardly. Apparently, the wo in the word woman means she. So obvious in male and female. Interestly, words man and woman is as old as when the human being were created. The first man was no nuts when he called his partner woman or opposite.
But some trans people refer to themselves as women, and some refer to themselves as men. I have to admit I felt pretty weird when I had to buy tampons for my grandson.
I've been following the reaction to JK Rowling's recent statements and the treatment she is getting is appalling. She is being called hateful and transphobic and receiving dick pics and rape threats for this tweet:
"Dress however you please.
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?"
Rowling is referring to a woman who was fired for stating that sex is real, that people either male or female and cannot change sex. Women ARE being cancelled in the sense that women are being told that males can be women and we must accept males as women if they claim to be women.
The harassment people get for knowing that sex is real and important is ridiculous and infuriating.
Crazy people everywhere, no doubt there. But, it's not just men who are becoming women, it goes both ways.
Yes, but men aren't going to feel unsafe with a trans man. But the trans man could feel unsafe in, say, a men's bathroom.
And trans men aren't going to be unfair competition in male sport.
Yes, but those were not the points being made in the comment I replied to. I agreed with the points smartnfun made in the other comment that were similar to this.
You said it goes both ways, which it does. But it's in the opposite way. Men aren't going to feel physically threatened by a trans man (ex female). But the trans man will feel threatened by other men at times. Which is also unacceptable.
This was the statement made about the reason to which I said it goes both ways "Women ARE being cancelled in the sense that women are being told that males can be women and we must accept males as women if they claim to be women."
And I'm responding to this:
"Crazy people everywhere, no doubt there. But, it's not just men who are becoming women, it goes both ways."
In that fear/threat also goes both ways, but in a slightly different way.
And it is true it goes both ways, but males seem to be more successful at encroaching on women's gains and spaces than the other way around.
Women's sports are basically being cancelled in favor of mixed-sex sports. Many sports organizations have ruled that women's sports must now include males.
I have heard of some of these things. It's crazy, you have women who now identify as men who have to participate in the men's sports, the drawback is testosterone which makes the men and men to women have an advantage in some kinds of sports.
Which sports organisation has done this? Local I assume?
Either way, it's crazy.
The Olympics! And the NCAA! And many more, including many states' public high school athletic programs and many amateur/hobby sports organizations.
Here's male CeCe Telfer, NCAA "women's" hurdling champion, destroying the female competition in hurdles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLfUjrUO_7w
It is completely unfair and insane. Bring it up and you're cancelled. Martina Navratilova voiced concern for fairness and was dropped by LGBT group Athlete Ally, for whom she had been an ambassador. They said she is transphobic for voicing concern for fairness in women's and girls' sports.
And Sharon Davies, the ex swimmer has been 'cancelled' due to her views on the subject.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-styl … 05186.html
Anyway, the point of this thread was to show how easy it is to upset some people inadvertently. As writers, we have to be aware of the issues and either adjust accordingly or be prepared to face criticism.
As for my white witches (who don't exist, btw, no-one can be perfect all the time - and that was the whole point of the article), I shall wait and see what happens.
I've always been selective about the words I use in articles because I know the filters get tripped over anything that offends advertisers. And when I had my own sites I was careful not to go against Adsense rules even slightly.
Your dogs are probably pretty safe at the moment but I would hate to be a White German Shepherd breeder.
Pap tests aside. I hate to see censorship encroaching HubPages. The cultural problem is being flamed by Merchant of Chaos. With that, it is unbelievable that someone fears they will lose their job or not receive a job promotion for something they wrote on HubPages.
Thanks for saying it like it is Stevennix!
I am hanging in, but I get it!
Hopefully, this will be more of a 'taking a break' for you! I am giving you a follow, looking forward to what you have to say after your break.
"You're once, twice, three times an individual with a cervix," was one of the better song lyric translations with the improved terminology.
How about "fat bottomed younger individuals with a cervix" by Queen
The thread reads to me more like a general political rant/discussion rather than directly related to HubPages, who seem to be being condemned for "future crimes". I'm tempted to ask that the thread is moved to politics.
It's just 'stuff' that may affect writers wherever they write. It's so hard not to offend anyone.
And of course, as always, there are tangents.
People have been banned recently for having left-wing views, Randy and a few others.
I questioned "Randy being banned", because I take issue with that, whether left or right. But, from what I've learned, he was banned for following and harassing some individuals, not for "having left-wing views" FYI!
If the indians had their way today, the pilgrims would have been slaughtered and America never happened. Thanksgiving day is a day of mourning for the indians. I do not say we treated the indians right, but there was such a culture clash between the europeans and the indians the two could not exist side by side. For example kentucky was a sacred hunting ground where no one was supposed to live. That is why Daniel boons original settlements in kentucky had such a hard time with the indians. Indians did not believe in private land ownership. The tribal lands were owned by the tribe, not individuals.
Life used to be so much simpler when we were men and women.
hmmm well i may have one idea, but i'm entirely sure it would work. Maybe I can open up a dummy account on here, and just write on that. It'll be an account where I can write whatever I want as long as it fits within hubpages guidelines of course, but it would be a way to do it without fearing reprisals. What do you guys think?
You have a simple solution. HubPages does not require you to use your real name. You just need a real-sounding name. Edit your profile and change your name.
Marisa Wright is not my name. It's the name I'm known by online. In the early days, I was scrupulous to ensure it couldn't be linked to my real name in any way (exxcept by HubPages staff, who have my real name on my Paypal account). Now I'm retired, I'm less bothered about that.
If you are worried people might be able to dig down and connect your current HubPages account to you, then by all means, start a new account using a pen name. Writers have been doing that for hundreds of years.
That's not a bad idea actually. Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely keep it under consideration.
I suggest you do it now, even if you're not going to post any new material. It will take only a few seconds. Forum members here know you by your username more than your real name so it won't affect people much. Keep the Steve and just change the surname to something totally different.
Well even still I think i'd rather just create a new account considering I already promoted this account on social media under my real name so it may just be cleaner to just delete this one and start over, but we'll see. Thanks for the advice.
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