Let's win this thing with words!

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Cartoon Peril, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    I'm reading on the Ministry of Homeland Security blog about their supposed "further steps to enhance passenger privacy". Later on in the post, Agitprop Commissar Bob blathers about "privacy concerns". Now, if you Google "TSA modesty" you get a whole bunch of articles like "With Modesty in mind, TSA Rolls Out New Body Scanners" (this at NPR).

    This is a lot of Hotel Sierra. The constitution doesn't protect "modesty". The Fourth Amendment doesn't use the words "privacy concern." Once we let the Ministry of Homeland Security define the problem as "modesty" or "privacy concern", it makes it sound like its YOU and your prissy ways that are the problem, not the slobbering Leviathan that has its hands in your trousers or up your skirt.

    The Ministry is clever about this, it perhaps has reached a new level in linguistics, by defining both "vulva" and "testicles" with a single word, "resistance".

    I think the whole rotten edifice, from Herr Minister Pistole right on down to the lesser zombies at the checkpoint could be brought crashing down if every male TSO had to say the words:

    to strangers two or three times an hour.
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  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Good point. We need to be more graphic in our story comments. If readers see a relentless stream of anatomic terms associated with these stories it will make it more difficult for them to rationalize this behavior.
  3. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    If the Ministry had to use the words "feel your child's penis" instead of "screen your child", there might be a little more "resistance." Or maybe not. Americans have become a herd of somnolent cattle.
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  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Euphemism is, as everyone should know by now, pernicious. And meant to be so. You don't have to have read Orwell or Huxley or Atwood, or anybody for that matter, to get this. Euphemism is used by authoritarians as a matter of course. It's classic. It's relentless. And we fight back by refusing to use it.
  5. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I agree with this. We do, however (and unfortunately) have to be careful about where and how we employ this tactic because the blue-shirted human-impersonators at the checkpoints have a history of causing people grief over using the anatomical terms themselves that the BSHIs have been told not to use.

    In Congressional or media correspondence, though, and in comments on articles and such, I think "full speed ahead" are the words that pop most strongly to mind.

    One thing - best not to point out that you're using the terms. Just use them and let them have their impact on their own, otherwise the impact is lost when people's attention is drawn to the fact that "Hey, we're using these words deliberately to counteract TSA's redefinition games." It sucks but it's usually true - the game is lost when people realize it's being played.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Some planned additions to our fine selection of t-shirts, etc.:

    Why does TSA need to touch my penis?​
    Why does TSA need to touch my vagina?​


    Not tonight dear. TSA already got me off.​

    Open to suggestions .....

    The image in the sidebar will be turned in an animiated GIF that cycles through the designs.
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  7. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Just be aware that these letters are likely to be ignored. I say, plug ahead, though, because someone has to make these people read the uncomfortable truth. In April I sent the following email to Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN). It typically takes her 60 days to respond to emails sent through her webform. It's been 4 months, so twice that time. I think I may need to call to follow up and make a young staffer very uncomfortable by the appropriate anatomical language I will be using:

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  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    barbell, they're probably "investigating" you to make sure you don't pose a threat. Language is scary, apparently, to the apparatchiks. I love the fact that you addressed your question so directly and unabashedly.

    And Mike, love "Not tonight dear. TSA already got me off."

  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    CafePress is being a bear tonight (I'm on a sloooow dialup in the north woods) but here's a preview:

  10. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Love it. If they get to use fuzzy words, so do we.

    Then again, on that note, would it be better to actually use anatomical terms on the shirt?
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The tshirts will be available for Hoohah, Vagina, Vulva, Johnson, Penis. You can pick whatever you're comfortable with.

    CafePress just doesn't work well on slow dialups. The "Vagina" section exists but is cluttered with stuff that need to be deleted (image doesn't align well on the particular product & other issues). I'll have to wait until I'm at home with a faster connection to clean it all up.
  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    A couple more ...

    JohnsonStupid.jpg VulvaStupid.jpg
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  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Last but not least, for now ...

    NotTonightDear.jpg PenisStupid.jpg VaginaStupid.jpg
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  14. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Brilliant. Beautiful. Oh how rich it would be to see NOOD 2.0 carried out by a bunch of people wearing these shirts.
  15. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Fab. Just fab.
  16. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Warning to mixed couples, do not get dressed in a rush when travelling...

    The wrong shirt would confuse way too many people :)
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  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    One more:

  18. 4nsicdoc

    4nsicdoc Original Member

    Drop the F bomb. In big huge letters, "F*** the TSA!" Best to carry with you a copy of Cohen v. California, 403 US 15 (1971), a Supreme Court case protecting wearing clothing with F*** the Draft as a free speech exercise.
  19. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Doing so might be legal but if I think doing so causes those people who might support the effort to think badly of such doings. I know if I had a child in tow and someone had such an offensive shirt on I would not think favorably of the person.

    Have a message that is acceptable and go with that.

    TSA Grabbed MY Hoo-Haah will get more favorable attention than shirts with foul words.
  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That might alienate more people than it would convert, but I'm wondering if I can get enough of Cohen v. CA on a t-shirt to explain it? Then I'd consider putting "F*** TSA" on the front & Cohen vs. CA on the back.

    Also, "F***" might violate the CafePress TOS. Are there other examples with "F***"?

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