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Pet Peeves of an Older American White Heterosexual Male

Updated on December 31, 2017
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Paul is a retired American expat living in Thailand. Besides being an English teacher and translator, Paul likes languages and most sports.

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An American Older White Heterosexual Male

I am a Caucasian male who was born in 1944. Since I have been married most of my life to females, you can't help but call me an older white heterosexual male.

Frankly speaking, I am proud to be an older white heterosexual male. Since the founding of the United States in 1776, white heterosexual males spearheaded the western expansion of America and were chiefly responsible for its military and economic progress.

As rugged individualists in the 1800s, white heterosexual males were also responsible for helping the United States acquire and settle Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific islands, and the Philippines outside of the continental U.S.

During my lifetime beginning in the 1970s, however, there has been a backlash by leftist liberal elements to demonize and denigrate all of the white heterosexual male accomplishments. These leftist liberal elements are made up of radical feminists, activist racial minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists, and socialists with a communist bent.

In this hub, I lay out eleven pet peeves which have annoyed me for some time.

1. Political Correctness

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Political correctness may be thought of as language, policies, or measures which don't want to offend or disadvantage any certain group of people in society. In essence, it is upholding a social taboo against language and attitudes that one could call bigoted. For example, when Donald Trump calls some women fat and homely, he is considered being bigoted. Because the President of the United States doesn't want to offend Muslims, he will not say that ISIS has engaged in genocide. I hated political correctness when I was teaching in Thailand. Instead of writing that a student was failing in his course work, I had to say that he so she needed improvement. Political correctness has definitely gone too far in dictating what we can say and not say.

2. Affirmative Action

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Affirmative action which was advocated as early as the 1960s is the policy of favoring disadvantaged groups such as women, racial minorities, and the handicapped who are now or have been the victims of discrimination within a culture. As an older white man in his fifties and sixties, affirmative action in the form of reverse discrimination affected me greatly when I worked for the federal government. Although I consistently received excellent work performances, I wasn't promoted from GS-13 to GS-14 during the last twenty years of federal service! Many women, members of racial minorities, and handicapped people were promoted over me during that period.

3. Rewriting of History

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I am very upset that history books have been rewritten to marginalize the achievements of white heterosexual males and promote a politically correct liberal socialist and communist agenda which declares war on any conservative white heterosexual male thought.

4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Lifestyle Demands

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When growing up in the 1950s, there was no public discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles because this topic was taboo. In 2015, however, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages and has also given equal rights to the LGBT. Just the same, I view same-sex marriage as immoral and also can not condone any law which states that the transgender and bisexual can use any public restroom of the gender they choose.

5. Women Who Value Ambition and Career More than Family Life

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I am not opposed to a woman working to help a husband support a family. I draw the line, however, when women view their job or career as more important than marriage or family life. If women took more responsibility in taking care of their families, there would be less problems in society.

6. Illegal Immigration

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I think it is appalling that the United States has eleven million illegal immigrants. When my ex-wife immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s, it took her five years to get legal immigration citizenship.

7. Disrespect for Police and Law and Order

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General disrespect for police and law and order started in the 1960s with the anti-war and civil rights movement protests. It has been especially bad since 2000 with numerous mass shootings and criticism and dislike for police officers who work mostly in big cities.

8. Loss of Moral Values in Society

Since the 1960s, there has been a gradual loss of moral values in society which has accelerated in recent years. With the breakdown of the family, there has been an increase in crime and drug use. A liberal media has also contributed negative role models like Justine Beiber, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna who are setting bad examples for youth with sexually suggestive songs, dances like twerking, and advocating violence and disrespect for women in rap songs.

9. Predominantly Liberal Politically Correct Media

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I am sick and tired of being exposed to a media which is very unfair in the reporting of the news. Anyone who doesn't toe the line on liberal and politically correct dogma is called a bigot, racist, and a fascist. After watching the media's coverage of Donald Trump and his political rallies, is it any wonder that Trump has a dislike for the media?

10. Pro-Choice Advocates

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All lives matter and life begins with conception in the womb. Anyone who is a pro-choice advocate is killing life through abortion under the guise of playing God as to who lives and who dies.

11. White Heterosexuall Males are Privileged

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As a white heterosexual male, I don't consider myself having had special rights and advantages during my life. If I had been privileged, why was I denied admission to medical school? Why was I drafted into the Army in 1966 before I enlisted in the Navy? Finally, why was I denied a job promotion during the last twenty years of my federal government service?

Summary

There has been a great change in the world and society since the 1940s when I was born. Everything in society is upside down now and the differences are as great as between day and night. With the pet peeves I have now as an older white heterosexual male, perhaps it would have been better if I had been born and lived in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

© 2016 Paul Richard Kuehn

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    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Yes, technology is constantly advancing and we are entering a brave new world socially and technologically. In the light of all this, it will be extremely difficult to maintain traditional conservative values. When I was teaching English in Bangkok 5 years ago, I had my students read an article about the mind-boggling technological advances taking place. Thanks for these great comments.

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      Ken Burgess 

      3 months ago from Florida

      Paul, there is a lot in flux, more than most people can comprehend.

      Technology is advancing at a pace where today's new breakthrough is antiquated (replaced by something more cutting edge) in six months.

      Twenty years ago, cell phones didn't really exist, today they are more powerful than PCs were back then, plus they are portable TVs, cameras, and anyone in the workforce cannot live without them.

      They have developed the ability to grow organs, operate on patients with nano-technology, and shrink a functional computer with more power than a human mind to the size of a pea. That cutting edge technology will be common place in a couple short years.

      You can be anywhere in the world, in a few short hours, you can see anything anywhere in the world instantly on your Cell phone, and because of advances in reproductive sciences, there is no need for a woman to even have sex to become pregnant, or alternatively they can terminate a pregnancy at a whim in most of the 'Western world'.

      Thanks to Obamacare, adults can now pretend to be children until they are 26 years old, and sponge off their parents' insurance. A growing percentage of adults now waste away their prime years in universities until they are practically in their 30s (or in their parent's basements)... never facing the real world, never accepting any real responsibility for anything.

      None of these issues (or technologies) existed 50+ years ago, so we have literally massive amounts of socio-cultural changes hitting us almost daily... not generational, not even decades apart anymore, literally years go by and technology and the social changes brought by it, are non-stop.

      In ten years typing on a keyboard like I am doing now will be obsolete, we will probably have chips in our heads, or some type of ocular device that can also read our brainwaves that does everything at the speed of thought... the internet will literally be in our heads.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      3 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Ken, your assessment of politics and how the Democratic Party has changed is absolutely correct. I fear for this country if the Democratic Socialists like Bernie Saunders ascend to power.

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      Ken Burgess 

      3 months ago from Florida

      You are absolutely correct, things are entirely upside down. Well put.

      And in politics, the quicker the over 50 generations can understand that the Democratic Party is no longer the party they grew up with and cherished, the better for the rest of America.

      Simple stated, Democrats are now the anti-America party, and want to turn the country "upside down". And the Republicans are the ones that want to defend the Constitution, Liberties, and Rights, if any party does.

      Used to be the Democrats were the party of the workers, and the Republicans the party of the wealthy and business interests, but in general they were all Americans working for America's interests. Those days are long gone.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Hi, Paula! Yes, the picture of Miley was in this hub from the start. It seems like a lot of people today, especially the young, have redefined what is decent and indecent. Yes, God help us!

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      Paula 

      7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Paul, I chimed in months ago here, but I need to ask: Was that photo of Miley in this hub from the start? I can't imagine how I missed it, if it was.

      Ummm, yeah, OK, what can I say? Well Paul, there's a young (lady?) who can be so proud of herself, wouldn't you say? Oh and her parents as well, right? Every American Mom & Dad want their daughters to pose for a picture like that and display her intelligence and maturity level.

      God help us. Paula

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for your insightful comment. I agree that we have to ask ourselves what we have the power to change.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      7 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I read through this again. There IS enough here to make you "fretful." Daydreaming that everything is just great wars with reality, but let's ask ourselves what we have the power to change, change those aspects of life, and realize that we are doing what we can while swearing off fretting about the rest that is beyond our ability to productively influence. Peace and calm can bring some serenity into our lives, however short it may last.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I completely agree with your opinion and appreciate your comments on this article.

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      poetvix 

      8 months ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      It is refreshing to know others find the current liberal politically correct disease that is eroding the rational, logical and moral fabric of America as offensive as I do. It's delusional and dangerous. PC ideology hides behind a guise of tolerance and respect but upon critical examination is exposed as the most divisive, fascist collection of hogwash to ever hit American soil. God help us.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you for your comments, big E.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comments, Wild Bill. I really appreciate them.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Yes, freedom of expression is one of the great things about life in the States. Thanks for the comments!

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      big E 

      2 years ago

      You know my solution. Figure out a way to change appearance to black. Black skin will give the white man more power and flexibility.

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      Wild Bill 

      2 years ago

      Paul,

      Thank you for saying this! I am a younger whiter heterosexual white male and I deal with that backlash on an almost daily basis, whether at work, on the street, or in the news (for the generalized white male).

      The funny thing is that I have always pointed my same traits to others except with a few tags added: White, Heterosexual, Christian, Southern, Conservative, Male.

      Despite the fact that I have a race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and creed; I can still have bias against me because my labels are not protected by political correctness. Racism, sexism, heterophobia, and anti-theism don't apply to me because I am considered 'the oppressor' in the public eye. Forget the fact that I am just a guy trying to make my way in the world and do the best for my family.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I don't know where the "pet peeves" leave your voting instincts in 2016, but I can guess.

      Isn't it great that we can live in a free country where we can express ourselves freely and even receive comments from our peers!

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comments! I was born a few years before you and also strongly feel that everything I was taught no longer exists anymore. Everything is upside down from when we were young and I really am upset with the liberal lifestyle today which is debunking all of the morals we learned as kids.

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I must agree with some of your thoughts and the disrespect for others. Miley is a poor excuse for kids. The media seems to be against parents who are trying to raise kids.I was born in 1950, and it appears that everything I was taught no longer exist anymore.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Hi Shyron, The way I look at it, everyone has their price. Miley quickly found out that she could make mega bucks by advocating disrespect for herself. I'm happy you found this hub interesting and well written.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Hello Paul, I don't think Miley Cyrus was advocating disrespect for females in general, but she was advocating disrespect for herself.

      This is very interesting and well written.

      Blessings

      Shyron

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you greatly for your comments, Rajan! Yes, the times have certainly changed a lot with many things not to our liking. I appreciate you sharing this hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I can certainly relate to many of these pet peeves as an older male in another generation. Times have changed and many of the things along with, not to our liking though!

      Great hub. Shared on facebook and Pinterest.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thanks for your comments. I certainly will find out about any privileges I have when I travel to the States in May of 2016.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Hip Hip Hurrah for the older white hetero-sexual says an older white heterosexual female. Please don't feel put-upon. Older white heterosexual people still have plenty of privileges.

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thank you very much for your comment, Bill. Yes, it is possible that some of those "older, white heterosexual males" were closet gays.

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      Bill Kasman 

      2 years ago

      Homosexuality isn't a new thing so it would be interesting to find out how many of those ''older, white heterosexual males'' were in fact closet gays. Unfortunately any answer can only be speculation - we shall never know.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      &Rj Schwartz , I'm sure that @Greenmind agrees with my pet peeves because "could not disagree" means "agree."

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      @greenmind , I sincerely appreciate your comment and thank you for reading and commenting on this hub.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      @Au fait, I really appreciate your comments and must give you special thanks for sharing and pinning this hub.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      @Jodah, I am very pleased that you find this hub well written, It's obvious that the concerns and peeves I have are not limited to life in the United States. Thank you very much for the comments!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      @RJ Schwartz , I really appreciate your comments and they will give me more inspiration in my future articles!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Kim, thank you very much for your great comments. I'm extremely happy that you liked this hub.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Paula, Thank you very much for the great positive review of this hub. By the way, are you voting in the New York State primary on April 19?

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      C E Clark 

      2 years ago from North Texas

      An interesting point of view and well written as always. Sharing with followers and pinned to Awesome HubPages.

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Greenmind - I'd enjoy, as I think everyone else would, if you might share some of your rationale on why you so vehemently disagree.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      2 years ago from USA

      I am an older white heterosexual male, an American history teacher, and I could not disagree with you more.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good work, Paul. I am a white heterosexual Australian male born in the 50s, but I can still relate to many of your concerns and peeves. Well written.

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      2 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      This is one of the best Hubs I have read in some time. You are speaking the words so many of us are feeling. Being demonized for being who you are and carrying strong values is simply amazing. Keep fighting the good fight!

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      Kim Bryan 

      2 years ago

      All I can say is, "Wow, you took the words right out of my mouth."

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Paul.....KUDOS!! BRAVO!! I respect and appreciate that you speak for "Older-American-White-Heterosexual-Male." This might just be the easiest, quickest reply I've ever posted.

      From an "Older-American-White-Heterosexual-Female"~~DITTO.

      Peace, Paula

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