Image Credit: Wikimedia “Joan Collins and Sophia Loren, 2009.”

Joan Collins, who has been perceived as the quintessential image of “woman” throughout her long career, is speaking out — a little facetiously — against political correctness.  In the Spectator, she wrote an article that has these jewels of paragraphs:

A very famous actor known for his extremely liberal views was quoted recently as saying he was fed up of being told by his PR representatives: ‘You can’t say that, it’s politically incorrect.’ May I join the queue of people who side with this sentiment? Watching a popular dance show on TV alongside a young female person (is that OK?), I referred to a woman (can I say that?) who was performing rather badly as ‘the girl in the pink dress’. ‘You can’t say that,’ the teenager squeaked indignantly. ‘It’s sexist and incorrect.’ ‘What should I say?’ I asked. ‘The individual in the pink dress,’ she replied. ‘We can’t assume how she identifies.’

She then went on to describe her own “transgender moment,” one which demonstrates the transience and commonality of rebelling against gender norms.  And…  how this rebellion eventually passes.

This reminded me of my own potential transgender moment. At 15 I decided I did not like the idea of becoming a woman and started on a ‘tomboy’ stage. I eschewed my mother’s girdles, suspender belts and slips, and adopted my father’s corduroy slacks and loose shirts. I also took to accompanying him to Arsenal games, where I would wave my ratchet furiously. Luckily this all stopped a few months later when I was accepted at Rada and discovered the joy of boys (wait, can I say that?).

Of course you can say that, Ms. Collins.  We should all refuse to be cowed by the police of political correctness.

Hat Tip: The Spectator

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