Is it just me or is the world slowly becoming a shittier place? When terms like "social justice warrior" and "feminist" are pejorative, know that you are living in a world that is in regression. I am exhausted by the casual yet subtle racism, sexism and homophobia I see every single day, and frankly I am tired of ignoring it for the sake of grace. What does tolerance and diversity really mean? And how do these concepts shape our ideas and communities?
This story indeed illustrates one man's prejudice, but also shows plenty of folks are unwilling to allow such prejudice. Properly understood, this story is about working people, on their way home to see their families, who decided not to tolerate one man's intolerance. And that's kind of lovely. And I feel optimistic.
For making a few offensive, off-colour jokes about women and sex, Dapper Laughs has been chased off TV, off university campuses and off theatre stages across the country by a fuming mob of self-righteous commentators, feminist campaigners, angry tweeters and student censors.
The latest manifestation of this campaign centres on the veil, or niqab, worn by a minority of Muslim women in Britain but recently inflated to assume the status of a threat to society. It is a campaign which has drawn support from both right and left of the mainstream political spectrum and commentariat, justified on the basis of women's rights, security, and/or progress.
Food intolerance is actually really common. Allergy UK estimates that up to 45% of people in the UK develop food intolerance, and the incidence of diagnosis is increasing in the younger population.
A new wave of anti-Muslim intolerance and antagonism is sweeping Europe. The far right political gains seen in some parts of the continent are alarming. Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and extreme right parties seem to be cashing in on economic hardship and austerity measures. In a blinkered world of 'us' and 'them' they have found in Europe's Muslim citizens the 'others'.
The debate that surrounds the issue of extremism on university campuses is one which is frequently framed in political language, examining the dangers of Islamist radicalisation or the influence of the Far-Right. Challenging the spread of homophobia by religious speakers is something which often receives less attention, yet is an equally prevalent problem.