Cry-baby nerds want jok­ers sent to JAIL

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JAMES CAVEN

BOFFINS want any­one call­ing them geeks, eg­gheads or nerds to be jailed for hate crime.

CALL­ING some­one a nerd or geek should land you in prison, say aca­demics.

They want terms such as egghead and brainiac to be crim­i­nalised un­der hate speech laws.

Other phrases such as smar­tarse and know-it-all are also in the fir­ing line for dis­crim­i­nat­ing against clever peo­ple.

Psy­chol­ogy lec­turer Dr Sonja Falck says the “di­vi­sive and hu­mil­i­at­ing” anti-IQ slurs are hate crime’s “last taboo”.

The psy­chother­a­pist said the jibes, of­ten dis­missed as ban­ter, are as of­fen­sive as some of the worst ho­mo­pho­bic, racial, and re­li­gious slurs.

She is call­ing for those with the high­est IQs to have the same le­gal pro­tec­tion as other mi­nor­ity groups.

This would help stamp out the “ar­chaic” vic­tim­i­sa­tion of more than one mil­lion Brits with a gifted IQ score of 132 or more.

She has spent eight years re­search­ing the topic and speak­ing to smart chil­dren, par­ents and other adults.

Dr Falck, of the Uni­ver­sity of East London, said: “In­sult­ing slurs about age, dis­abil­ity, re­li­gion and gen­der iden­tity re­mained in wide­spread use un­til rel­a­tively re­cently.

“So­ci­ety at the time turned a blind eye to their im­pact by pass­ing them off as harm­less ban­ter.

“It is only with the ben­e­fit of hind­sight that we re­alise how wrong we were.

“The same can be said about anti-IQ words like nerd, brain­box, geek, egg-head, smart-arse and dweeb.” She added that the slurs were a form of bul­ly­ing.


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