Rainbows and Business

At my sister’s business conference, the keynote speaker was a transwoman. She said, “If you want to do something for LGBT rights, I can give you a list of suggestions. First of all, put a rainbow flag on all your social media and tweet out your support as often as possible.”

Everybody dutifully scribbled this in their notebooks.

“No!” the speaker said. “That’s actually a horrible idea. Everybody is doing it and it’s completely useless. It’s empty virtue-signalling. Don’t do it!”

I wasn’t there but I applaud this speaker from a distance. Waving a rainbow flag 30 years ago was brave. Now it’s fashionable. Stop using gay or trans people as marketing tools. Want to do something, then do it. Stop trying to get PR by making empty gestures.

I have a class in a minute but I have a specific example on empty gestures I’ll post later.

8 thoughts on “Rainbows and Business”

      1. // On a serious note, I have no idea why the clearly insane Soviet model is do attractive to Americans.

        How is arresting a student for “shooting” with a finger just like a Soviet model?

        Haven’t heard of policemen entering classrooms as a usual feature of Soviet experience.

        When you talk about other things as Soviet, I get the point, but this insanity seems all American-made.


        1. He doesn’t mean it literally. There was no right to bear arms in the USSR so literal shooting wasn’t on anybody’s mind. But overreacting and taking extremely punitive measures in response to imaginary infractions is very Soviet. The disciplinarian model that punishes tiny gestures as serious crimes is the very Soviet.


  1. On a related note: Glen Greenwald asked on Twitter if Kamala Harris would also state her pronouns at other campaign events, like those in the Deep South and/or in churches.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. If this is important:

    Визит Путина в Саудовскую Аравию …
    Россия уже дозрела до окончательного вхождения в ОПЕК, что, конечно, говорит о продолжающейся деградации даже в базовой для нынешнего режима отрасли – нефтяной. Участие в картеле накладывает ограничивающие обязательства. Ранее обособленное положение по отношению к ОПЕК позволяло проводить самостоятельную политику, пусть она и носила с каждым годом все более согласованный с картелем характер. Но вариантов нет – сидящая все более плотно на нефтяной игле путинская Россия критически зависит от цены на нефть, а потому вынуждена согласовывать свою нефтяную политику, чтобы хоть как-то иметь возможность участия в выработке ценовой политики.

    Что закрепляет новое положение России, как полноценной страны Третьего мира, равной по положению той же Саудовской Аравии, Нигерии или там Конго или Габону.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.