[DWJ] Re: Titles

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Sat Jun 10 06:08:40 EDT 2006


>On Sat, Jun 10, 2006 at 02:06:54PM +0800, Paul Andinach wrote:
>
>>I am given to understand that there is actually an in-story reason for
>>the assassin to be an albino, namely that it was irrational prejudice
>>against albinos that drove him to murder in the first place.
>>This strikes me as a case of having one's cake and eating it, though.

Roger remarked:

>Well, yes. Like the old Ministry of Defence idea: homosexuals are a
>security risk. Therefore if someone is homosexual, agents of Foreign
>Powers can find this out and threaten him with the revelation of that
>fact in order to get him to work for them. Therefore homosexuals are a
>security risk.

As is anyone whose positive vetting shows any possible "guilty" secret.

>For homosexuals, of course, you could easily read vegetarians,
>Catholics, Russian-speakers, or anything else not immediately obvious to
>the casual observer...

Albinism, being reasonably obvious, surely isn't in this category.

Minnow





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