People like to get annoyed with being "politically correct" but I think this at the very least forces people to think before they speak.
@jessvdb except PC culture keeps people from expressing what they are really feeling. PC is overly sensitive and dances around the truth/reality.
@ryan_t14 orrrrrr it encourages people to express what they are feeling in more respectful way...
@jessvdb And why is this a good thing? Why was freedom of speech ingrained in the constitution. Can you name an example where PC culture led to any tangible good?Why do tyrannical governments ban free speech?Where do you think PC culture will stop? Who has funded and organised the campaign to promote PC culture?These are the questions you must ask yourself.The only people who tangibly benefit from PC culture are tyrants.
@bubba PC isn't an infringement on Freedom of Speech. And if you know the First Amendment, then you know that there are already limits to free speech. In most cases, PC encourages people to use grown-up words to express their points rather than slanderous ones (see @citizenthom comment below). Obviously some people take PC too far but even then no one is taking away anyone's first amendment right...
@fitzy45 I am well aware that there are certain limits on freedom of speech.However PC is an infringement on freedom of speech. Look at Canada where its illegal to misgender people. You can call someone a nigger just fine but if you refer to some as her instead of xir well you've got a lawsuit on your hands.I don't believe PC encourages people to use grown up words. That's maturity.
@jessvdb It encourages people to be offended by things and thereby imbues language with more power to harm. It doesn't just get people to think before they speak. It also gets people to OVERTHINK what some one says, and rather than take what they said at face value, to analyze the etymology of every word they said and all their possible interpretations. Pc culture doesn't just ask people to be more polite and to try not to offend anyone. It also try's to proscribe to us what we SHOULD be offended by. I'm a stoic and I want to live in a society where we teach our children how to not be hurt so easily. I want they're strength to come from within rather than trying to provide censors and safety bubbles in their environment.
Depends on what you classify as "political correctness." Do you mean micro-dissecting every bit of language and every human interaction? Or do you mean not being a dick? The former is what the most extreme form of PC culture was at its apex. The latter is what dicks say when they want to be unchallenged on their dickishness. Example:PC: "Terrorism by self-proclaimed Islamic extremists is a global problem that requires a strong response."Not PC: "This is America. Those ragheads better take that garbage off and show their faces. Nuke all those goat-f***ing sand n*****s."PC: "The (now-former) President's policies are bad for the country, and Congress should hold him to task."Not PC: "Get the negro out of the White House and send his ugly gorilla wife back to her cave."PC: "It is important to enforce our national immigration policy strictly in order to secure our borders."Not PC: "Those dirty bean-eating sp*cs wanna come here and take our jobs and live off the government. Bad hombres!"
Political correctness as in not using the terms "faggot" to describe anything other than a collection of wood? Fine. That's decency.Political correctness as in "You're not using the exact right pronouns? Bigot." That's rude, and restrictive.
@jeffery95014 How hard is it to just use people's preferred pronouns? If you refuse to respect a trans person's pronouns, then yeah, you are being a bigot. It's really simple. Say you know someone who goes by Bob. Do you insist n calling them Robert, and get mad if they go "I prefer Bob, actually."?No? Congratulations, you now know exactly how to interact with trans people. Any inability to do so is NOT based on confusion, you're just being a dick.
http://www.upworthy.com/what-political-correctness-does-and-doesnt-meanBasically, whenever someone tells me they don't want to be PC what I hear is "I want to be openly racist, transphobic, misogynistic, and homophobic in public and not get called out on it."My personal experience is that NO ONE who uses the term "Anti-PC" in their Twitter bio is worth following. At all.
Good for whom?
Depends on what you mean by "Political Correctness". I think a lot of people confuse "political correctness" with common decency. There's where the problem lies.
I find it quite amusing that the majority of the Qallout community thinks being respectful and civil is good, yet when that respect is labeled as "political correctness" the community disapproves.