From the Department of You Gotta Be Kiddin’ Me!

Posted by: ST on July 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm

A story of political correctness gone crazy in Atlanta:

In the battle of the sexes, women’s magazine editor Cynthia Good said this was a skirmish she had to fight.

Across Atlanta they stood, orange signs with black letters that read “Men At Work” or “Men Working Ahead.”

Sometimes, the signs stood next to women working alongside the men.

Good demanded Atlanta officials remove the signs and last week, Atlanta Public Works Commissioner Joe Basista agreed.

Score one for gender equality, Good said Wednesday.

“They get it,” Good said about the city in a telephone interview.

Public Works officials are replacing 50 “Men Working” with signs that say “Workers Ahead.” It will cost $22 to cover over some of the old signs and $144 to buy new signs, said Public Works spokeswoman Valerie Bell-Smith said.

Good, founding editor of Atlanta-based PINK Magazine, a publication that focuses on professional women, said she’s not stopping with Atlanta.

“We’re calling on the rest of the nation to follow suit and make a statement that we will not accept these subtle forms of discrimination,” said Good, 48.

Good pressed the issue after Atlanta police came to her office last month on a complaint that she spray painted “wo” onto a “Men At Work” sign.


Atlanta union leader Gina Pagnotta said some women employees of Atlanta Public Works complained about these signs years ago.

“It is a little bit bias to say ‘Men Working,’ ” said Pagnotta, president of the Professional Association of City Employees. “Women are working, too.”

This is as stupid as the whole manhole vs. personhole cover “debate.” Don’t these self-important nitwits have anything better to do?

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11 Responses to “From the Department of You Gotta Be Kiddin’ Me!”


  1. Neo says:

    Will they hold up “Slackers Ahead” when they are on break ?

  2. Raulito says:

    Another example, I am afraid, of political correctness run amok in our country and guess who has to pay the price? The average American just trying to do his best to earn a living to put food on his family’s table and to put a roof over his children’s heads. What unnecessary foolishness!

  3. I forwarded the story to a friend, and he sent this back:

    They’re not finished, you know. Some of these sign depict a black silhouette of a worker. What about white workers? Or, yellow, brown, and red? Shouldn’t there be racial consideration of the silhouette?

    Hey, if you’re going to do it, you mightas well take it to the logical, albeit stupid conclusion. :)>-

  4. Craig says:

    Why can’t we all just assume “man” indicates the short form of “mankind (and/or representative individuals thereof)” and be done with the entire problem for FREE…

    Oh, wait, that would be asking for ENTIRELY too much maturity from “certain representative individuals thereof” wouldn’t it?”

  5. LOL – that would make too much sense, Craig :)

  6. Great White Rat says:

    Don’t these self-important nitwits have anything better to do?

    In a word, NO. Not everyone can be a self-important nitwit. That takes constant practice, and leaves no time for productive labors.

  7. Jerry says:

    If the city of Atlanta would like to recoup some of the expense incurred by having to ditch their signs, I believe most of us would be willing to buy one provided they added the word NOT to it. Just the thing to put in front of that co-worker’s desk…

  8. Steve Skubinna says:

    This is not the stupidest example of PC run amok I’ve seen this week. No, that sad honor goes to the morons in Texas who got their panties in a bunch over the racist term “black hole.”

    I swear, that Steven Hawking and Carl Sagan were such bastards.

  9. NC Cop says:

    And you thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous?!?!?

    A Dallas County, Texas, official is calling the terms black hole, angel food cake and devil’s food cake racist.

    Monday’s county commissioners meeting about traffic tickets turned into a tense debate when Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield — who is white — said, “It sounds like central collections has become a black hole.”

    Mayfield said his comments were to be taken in the scientific context. But one African-American official at the meeting demanded an apology. And commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, said the language was unacceptable, and that, “If it’s angel food cake it’s white. If it’s devil’s food cake it’s black. If you’re the black sheep of the family then you gotta be bad. White sheep you’re okay.”

    Mayfield told FOX News today, “In no way will I apologize for this ridiculous hyper-sensitivity. Anyone who is offended by the term black hole needs serious psychiatric treatment.”

    I weep for the future. :((

  10. forest hunter says:

    So I suppose we can longer jew’em down on the price of cake mixes, well he/they certainly is/are inspirational for being born an insipid sponge.