Why should we be surprised that the sort of jokes in the panel above are considered very un-PC? Frankly I would not tell any of them even though some of them do still raise a laugh or two But one of the essences of our sense of humour is the socially transgressive and we can all enjoy the frisson of finding something funny that according to the PC police we should be horrified by.
The controversy stems from a lighthearted piece in Inside Time, the monthly newspaper of prisoners in which they swop jokes, concerns and stories. It was headlined “Victorian views perhaps?”
The list of jokes included: “Scientists have discovered a food that diminishes a woman’s sex drive by 90 per cent. It’s called a wedding cake.” And “Why do men die before their wives? They want to.”
But Steve Orchard, a head of operations at the Prison Service, was not amused – and he instructed Inside Time not to trade such “sexist” jokes again.
In a letter to the magazine’s editors, the official, who works at Nottingham Prison, said he is not “fanatically ‘PC’ or lacking a sense of humour,” but the jokes go too far.
He described some of the examples as “sexist in the extreme” and said they “should not, in my opinion, have been printed.”
I find this story from the land of my birth sadly indicative of the silly extremes that the PC brigade will go to, even in Her Majesties Prisons. It seems that you can’t even do your bird in peace these days …