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Take the porn out of Singaporean

Posted on 09 October 2014

Then it will be Singaea.

Photo stolen from redsports.sg

Photo stolen from redsports.sg

Dear New Nation editors,

Seeing the word “porn” spelt out every time “Singaporean” is used to described someone from Singapore evokes a feeling that is somewhat bittersweet.

“Porn” is a word that refers to a medium that emphasises sexual stimulation and creates mental images of sensual thoughts.

“Singaporean” has been used plenty of times at the recent Asian Games to describe athletes from Singapore. And when people talk about Changi Airport, the gateway to our country, they will inevitably talk about Singaporeans.

Sports and travel are two of the most visible platforms through which we project ourselves to the world. “Porn” is the word projected when we make a name for ourselves on these platforms, as Singaporeans will be mentioned.

Porn from other countries is well known, for better or for worse.

Whenever Singaporeans are elevated into focus, the image must be one that is in keeping with our cultural and social mores.

A Singaporean is not a porn star. But, with the use of the word “SingaPOReaN”, the eye will make the association with “porn”, even if the heart and mind know otherwise.

Is it in our national interest for “porn” to be associated with SingaPOReaNs?

We should consider adopting the less-used (but not lesser) name Sinkies.

“Sinkies” is, after all, the Internet name of preference for Singaporeans.

Furthermore, “Sinkies” corresponds to the belief that we will sink, unless we float as an island.

It looks better, sounds better and unifies all usage and application.

Or we can always call ourselves Lee Kuan Yewians.

The Straits Times Forum Letter writer inevitably contributed to this letter.

 

Come, let’s get offended together:

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