(Tip came from Twitter, but it came by DM so I won’t identify the tipster)

If you write for Oxford University Press, you can’t write the word ‘bacon’. Nor will they touch Peppa Pig with a bargepole.

In a ridiculous fit of political correctness, they have declared –

‘Among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following: Pigs plus sausages, or anything else which could be perceived as pork.

So if you write erotica, no ‘pork swords’ please. No ‘pulled pork’ either. I’ve never been able to buy ‘pulled pork’ because I don’t think I could keep a straight face while the till operator scans a packet of wank. In fact, if I could get into the computer at Local Shop and change what shows up on the till screen… no, best not. Can’t afford to get sacked just yet.

Presenter Jim Naughtie (I am so glad that’s not my name. I’d never hear the end of it) goes on to say…

‘Now, if a respectable publisher, tied to an academic institution, is saying you’ve got to write a book in which you cannot mention pigs because some people might be offended, it’s just ludicrous. It is just a joke.’

Well of course it’s ludicrous. That’s just normal for academia these days. Some religions forbid their followers from eating bacon which means there’s no chance of me ever getting religious with those people, but no religion bans people from talking about it. A Jewish or Muslim child can have a Peppa Pig toy because it isn’t really made of pig. Even the associated sweets don’t taste like bacon. Which is disappointing, really.

So what’s the reasoning behind this insanity? Predictably, it’s nonsense too.

A spokesman said: ‘Many of the educational materials we publish in the UK are sold in more than 150 countries, and as such they need to consider a range of cultural differences and sensitivities.

‘Our editorial guidelines are intended to help ensure that the resources that we produce can be disseminated to the widest possible audience.’

Oxford University Press have been publishing books and selling them worldwide for a very, very long time. They must know by now that not every country buys every book they produce. That nobody, anywhere, can buy every book produced. Of course they want as wide an audience as possible but take out anything that could even remotely be considered ‘offensive’ and you have a collection of the blandest books on the planet. Eventually nobody will want them.

I’m trying the opposite angle. I have more and more characters smoking and drinking these days. Next I’ll include a bacon sandwich or two. In fact, I’m pretty sure that in Samuel’s Girl, Romulus ate ham once. Might have been lost in editing, but I think it’s still there. Nobody has taken offence so far.

So who is really taking offence? Muslims? Well here’s a Muslim MP on the matter:

Muslim Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said: ‘… That’s absolute utter nonsense. And when people go too far, that brings the whole discussion into disrepute.’

He is right. To Muslims, eating pork is a seriously sinful thing. Talking about pork or looking at cartoon pigs is not. Taking the matter to the brink of absurdity and then tipping it over the edge does not ‘consider a range of cultural sensitivities’. It makes them a laughing stock. It invites ridicule and derision. That’s hardly going to help with integration – but that’s not what the politically correct want.

They want multiculturalism. Not integration. They want us all separate and distrustful of each other. Makes it so much easier to stay in control.

If the Muslims aren’t offended, maybe it’s the Jews?

A spokesman for the Jewish Leadership Council added: ‘Jewish law prohibits eating pork, not the mention of the word, or the animal from which it derives.

See that, Oxford University Press? Muslims and Jews are not offended by these words nor by the images. Neither is anybody else. So whose bright idea was it to blandify every title you produce? I think some serious questions need to be asked of someone, don’t you?

Even ISIS haven’t tried to ban these words. Although that lot are mad enough to try, now the OUP has given them the idea.

The comments suggest that some people read that article and were shocked and outraged. I suspect my reaction is a sad indictment on our modern world.

I wasn’t even surprised.







25 thoughts on “Porkies

  1. Sometimes I think it would take another war to really give people something to worry about instead of the nonsense we have now. Except one we would have our own Imported fifth column if it involved an Islamic country.

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    • My thesis was on ruminants. Sheep and cows. However, most of my later work was with pigs. Including one paper with a Muslim student from Syria. Bet she couldn’t brag about that when she went home. She bought me a Zippo with a pig on it.

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  2. Oxford Uni is at the centre of all the political nonsense we have to put up with. They “educate” the political class do they not? Help them to get their PPE degree, fill their heads with the latest social experimental fads and then help them into parliament with little in the way of real world experience.

    If they are stopping the use of piggy type words will they also move to words which are used along with piggy words? Piggy should go along with blanket, links, flat, sausage, chop, trotters, lorne, rind, scratchings, Ayrshire, purse, ear, belly, etc. etc. etc. Perhaps we will have to stop talking all together as we may say words which are inappropriate such as black pudding (oh er missus).

    Or we could just vote them out and start a Sensible Party and go back to being responsible adults. You remember that way of doing things? We make our own decisions and live with the consequences? We could also encourage, as in force, the PC mob to go over to Syria and spend time learning how much more interesting their lives could be on a day to day basis there. Would they all come back? Probably not but what can you do? Oh well.

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    • I think I heard this first hand..

      Anyway, someone was attending a gathering where coffee was being served. . When offered to a white guest the waiters/waitresses enquired ‘black or white? One was overheard asking a black guest ‘with or without?’


  3. On the computer hackery side of things, did you know that the postscript printing format is actually a fully-fledged computing language, that is fed to an actual interpreter in the receiving printer?

    No, I’ll bet you didn’t. The smart-arse students in Manchester Uni’s computing department do, though. One prank involving this was to send a carefully-crafted attack script to the departmental printers, which encoded some of the fingerprints of the head of department (obtained by means devious and underhanded earlier).

    The hack went in on a Friday night, and all though that weekend, the Head of Department’s mucky fingerprints were faintly present on every sheet printed out there. A hack reversing this prank was delivered late on Sunday night.

    Why? Well, why not?

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  4. By no means is this confined to OUP. To my certain knowledge, Pearson, Scholastic, Collins, Hodder Education, CUP are all educational publishers that operate the same general veto on mention of pigs and pork products. Of course there are allowable exceptions, e.g. History of the Cold War: Bay of P*gs? I mean that would be just silly wouldn’t it.


  5. I slagged OUP off about this utter stupidity. It’s middle class apologists attempting not to upset minorities when the minorities wuldn’t even get upset. It’s patronising. On another tack, three teachers felt “threatened” when some child with Asperger’s spectrum brought a lurid plastic toy gun to school during a ‘bring a toy to school today’ day. They actually called the police. What infantile cretins these three are. However, it might be an excuse to expel the little headbanger as he is a trouble maker allegedly. I wonder what my grandfather fought for in WWI and my uncles in WWII? One flew on bombers FFS. What did they risk their lives for?


  6. “So if you write erotica, no ‘pork swords’ please. No ‘pulled pork’ either. …”

    Crosses Oxford University Press staff canteen of list of places to eat…


  7. A small victory for the politically correct/smug/gullible. But, nevertheless, a symptom of how much society and tolerance has deteriorated these last 15 years. It wouldn’t surprise me that, before long, there’ll be demands for pork products to be plain packaged in the UK. Ultimately leading to prohibition. And it won’t be to appease Jews, most of whom don’t give a shit.


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