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    A mind-bending act of political correctness

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    University of Ottawa students derided for cancelling yoga classes over fears of cultural appropriation

    A mind-bending act of political correctness by student leaders at the University of Ottawa has sparked an international backlash on social media.

    Student leaders at the university have halted free yoga classes over concerns that its practice was not sufficiently sensitive to yoga’s cultural roots.

    The decision earlier this fall meant that about 60 students in yoga instructor Jennifer Scharf’s weekly class lost out on the program, which had been offered through the university’s Centre for Students with Disabilities since 2008.

    Scharf even offered to rebrand the program as a “mindful stretching” class to distance it from any controversy over cultural appropriation, but that idea was rejected because a suitable French translation of the phrase could not be reached.
    So unacceptable the way Indians appropriated European calisthenics to create modern yoga

    The story became an international talking point when New York Times technology writer Farhad Manjoo retweeted it to his legion of followers, among them Canadian-born Conservative pundit David Frum.

    “Yes, so unacceptable the way Indians appropriated European calisthenics to create modern yoga,” Frum tweeted, citing a story published by the online Yoga Journal that examined western influences on the yoga tradition.

    Former New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond tweeted that applying the same standard for cultural misappropriation would require the cancellation of university algebra courses — the branch of mathematics has its cultural roots in ancient Babylonia — along with jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, which evolved from the musical expression of African-Americans.

    From Las Vegas, Doug Ritter tweeted that Ottawa itself is a name appropriated from native culture: It derives from an Algonquin word, adàwe, meaning “to trade.”

    Popular U.S. blogger Matthew Yglesias, a Vox.com contributor and liberal writer, also tweeted about the controversy. “Universities shutting down yoga classes over cultural appropriation concerns seems like a great way to get conservatives into yoga,” he wrote.

    Yglesias said he couldn’t understand “why cultural appropriation is bad or how stopping it would be feasible or desirable.”

    In Britain, London’s Daily Mail newspaper published an online account of the U of O yoga controversy that attracted more than 285 comments, almost all of them expressing outrage. Reader Alesha Brandt was representative of the online reaction: “Someone got their yoga pants in a twist. How utterly full of PC crap.”

    Acting student federation president Roméo Ahimakin could not be reached for comment Sunday.

    He has said that the yoga program is on hiatus while consultations take place to make the class more accessible and inclusive: “We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner.”

    A video on the Centre for Students with Disabilities’ website continues to highlight the yoga service, which was suspended because of the ongoing debate about the “cultural issues” that surround it.

    Also on the centre’s website is a description of its effort to create a safe space at the university. It highlights the complexity of the centre’s commitment to “challenge all forms of oppression.”

    “We also acknowledge that ableism is not a siloed issue, but one that affects a variety of communities and individuals. In working to dismantle ableism, we also work to challenge all forms of oppression including, but not limited to, heterosexism, cissexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, queerphobia, HIV-phobia, sex negativity, fatphobia, femme-phobia, misogyny, transmisogyny, racism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, sexism, and linguistic discrimination.”
    "You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in life."— Winston Churchill

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    i wouldn't have believed it, but its a national post story. My head hurts.

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    This is taking the total wrong of PC to levels that just stagger the mind of sane rational beings, but then of course this is an "Institute of Higher Learning". Relax, someday these same idiots will graduate, then..............WBF!

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    So does notice go out on Monday to all the students without Anglicised names that they have misappropriated the English language and as a result are being expelled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig View Post
    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/ca...ts-cancel-yoga

    University of Ottawa students derided for cancelling yoga classes over fears of cultural appropriation

    A mind-bending act of political correctness by student leaders at the University of Ottawa has sparked an international backlash on social media.

    Student leaders at the university have halted free yoga classes over concerns that its practice was not sufficiently sensitive to yoga’s cultural roots.

    The decision earlier this fall meant that about 60 students in yoga instructor Jennifer Scharf’s weekly class lost out on the program, which had been offered through the university’s Centre for Students with Disabilities since 2008.

    Scharf even offered to rebrand the program as a “mindful stretching” class to distance it from any controversy over cultural appropriation, but that idea was rejected because a suitable French translation of the phrase could not be reached.
    So unacceptable the way Indians appropriated European calisthenics to create modern yoga

    The story became an international talking point when New York Times technology writer Farhad Manjoo retweeted it to his legion of followers, among them Canadian-born Conservative pundit David Frum.

    “Yes, so unacceptable the way Indians appropriated European calisthenics to create modern yoga,” Frum tweeted, citing a story published by the online Yoga Journal that examined western influences on the yoga tradition.

    Former New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond tweeted that applying the same standard for cultural misappropriation would require the cancellation of university algebra courses — the branch of mathematics has its cultural roots in ancient Babylonia — along with jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, which evolved from the musical expression of African-Americans.

    From Las Vegas, Doug Ritter tweeted that Ottawa itself is a name appropriated from native culture: It derives from an Algonquin word, adàwe, meaning “to trade.”

    Popular U.S. blogger Matthew Yglesias, a Vox.com contributor and liberal writer, also tweeted about the controversy. “Universities shutting down yoga classes over cultural appropriation concerns seems like a great way to get conservatives into yoga,” he wrote.

    Yglesias said he couldn’t understand “why cultural appropriation is bad or how stopping it would be feasible or desirable.”

    In Britain, London’s Daily Mail newspaper published an online account of the U of O yoga controversy that attracted more than 285 comments, almost all of them expressing outrage. Reader Alesha Brandt was representative of the online reaction: “Someone got their yoga pants in a twist. How utterly full of PC crap.”

    Acting student federation president Roméo Ahimakin could not be reached for comment Sunday.

    He has said that the yoga program is on hiatus while consultations take place to make the class more accessible and inclusive: “We are trying to have those sessions done in a way in which students are aware of where the spiritual and cultural aspects come from, so that these sessions are done in a respectful manner.”

    A video on the Centre for Students with Disabilities’ website continues to highlight the yoga service, which was suspended because of the ongoing debate about the “cultural issues” that surround it.

    Also on the centre’s website is a description of its effort to create a safe space at the university. It highlights the complexity of the centre’s commitment to “challenge all forms of oppression.”

    “We also acknowledge that ableism is not a siloed issue, but one that affects a variety of communities and individuals. In working to dismantle ableism, we also work to challenge all forms of oppression including, but not limited to, heterosexism, cissexism, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, queerphobia, HIV-phobia, sex negativity, fatphobia, femme-phobia, misogyny, transmisogyny, racism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, sexism, and linguistic discrimination.”
    There is now way on God's green earth that I would have sent my kids to university like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edenchef View Post
    This is taking the total wrong of PC to levels that just stagger the mind of sane rational beings, but then of course this is an "Institute of Higher Learning". Relax, someday these same idiots will graduate, then..............WBF!
    And since they live in Ottawa they may well end up in the federal civil service. Yeah!

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    ableism

    I shit you not, I had to google that one.

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    I think we should make GoC a safe space
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    Quote Originally Posted by lone-wolf View Post
    I think we should make GoC a safe space
    Gun free zone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 762shooter View Post
    There is now way on God's green earth that I would have sent my kids to university like that!
    That's good to hear, sending, allowing or even knowing someone that has/does/will attend UO is an automatic ban from GOC and CGN.

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