One theme that has been getting some play since the election is the possibility — nay, likelihood — that the sun is finally setting on the forces of political correctness. Our own J.E. Dyer expounded on this briefly in her excellent “Friday in freedom grab bag” roundup in which she wrote of the “sense of relief and liberation” some Americans are feeling “just to be able to talk about life and issues and things and not have it all be because of Team Obama’s next move toward authoritarian collectivism”:
Consider: did you ever in your life want to talk about men having “equal access” to the women’s restroom? Can you believe we were condemned to talk about that for so many months, egged on by the president and the U.S. Department of Justice?
Now people are out there kind of stretching their muscles, looking around, and thinking, Hey, real life is back!
Another sign that the fog may finally be lifting comes anecdotally in the fate of a much-maligned article in “Cosmopolitan” that takes a dim view of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The writer of the “Cosmo” article, Helin Jung, accuses the lingerie maker of racism, calling its newly released bras and panties nothing more than a “brazen attempt to re-label what is clearly cultural appropriation.”
I am relying here on the reportorial skills of Emily Zanotti of Heat Street because after her and other writers’ critiques of Jung’s silly article were published, the “Cosmo” piece mysteriously vanished. If you follow the link in Zanotti’s article you are taken to a page with this on it:
You might assume that Zanotti miscopied the link, which would account for the “404 error,” but an effort to access the article, titled “Why Can’t Victoria’s Secret Stop Designing Racist Lingerie?” through its link on Google (below), you are taken to the same page.
I submit that it is possible the article was pulled for other reasons more legal than cultural. But until “Cosmo” fesses up on why it killed the piece, there is no reason to assume that its disappearance is something other than self-censorship. If that turns out to be the case, Donald Trump’s victory will have been more than just a shift in the power structure of the government. It really will represent a new dawning of the real America.