what’s in a name: the committee for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice

What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice? Maybe we can work out what it does together.

“Committee” sounds harmless enough, right? Committees never get anything done. Virtue and vice are old-timey ways of talking about morality, so probably this committee is a collection of endearingly nutty small-town conservative religious people who are always trying to get the city council to stop teenagers from dancing. Right? Something like that?

Oh, boy. No. Sorry. No. This is about to get pretty unpleasant.

Actually, the CPVPV are the religious police in Saudi Arabia, and the shit they do would be a lot funnier if it didn’t include beating women for showing off too much eye skin in public and trapping little girls inside burning school buildings.

Remember: Changing the name of something doesn’t change the thing itself. If you want to change the way something works, you have to go straight to the source.