“The two pillars of ‘political correctness’ are: a) willful ignorance b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth.” George MacDonald quote
I find political correctness highly offensive partly because it reminds me of growing up in the Soviet Union where one had to be very careful about what he/she was saying.
I personally do not see any difference between militant liberals and communists in the free speech area. They both love to slap labels on you the moment they find something “incorrect” in what you said.
What is appalling is that some universities have become the center of political correctness and intolerance. Mixed with ignorance this becomes very dangerous and damaging to a free society.
Being an engineer I have some issues with logic in politically correct definitions:
Preferred: person living at or below the poverty line, people experiencing poverty. Definition: “lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society.” https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&site=&source=hp&q=definition+of+poor&oq=definition+of+poor&gs_l=hp.3..0l6j0i10j0l3.1963.8439.0.14618.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.1573.0j13.13.0….0…1c.1.64.hp..1.18.1456.0.MuIcFOetDns
Problematic/Outdated: poor person, poverty-stricken person. (So what politically correct nuts are doing is replacing the word with it’s dictionary definition).
Preferred: person of material wealth (isn’t it relative? And what exactly is “material” wealth?)
Problematic: rich (Why is that problematic? I wouldn’t mind being “rich”! I would not be offended at all)
Preferred: people of size (The size of what? Shoe size? Large size or small size?)
Problematic/Outdated: obese*, overweight people (you mean “fat”?)
Preferred: person who is blind/visually impaired (what exactly is the difference between “blind person” and “person who is blind?!)
Problematic: blind person, “dumb”
Preferred: person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing (same as above!!)
Problematic: deaf person, Deaf-and-Dumb, Deaf-Mute
Preferred: U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S. (and why is the politically correct definition always longer?!)
Note: North Americans often use “American” which usually, depending on the context, fails to recognize South America. (No it does not! This is United States of AMERICA, you morons! People in Brazil call themselves “Brazilians” and people in Argentina call themselves “Argentinians” and so on.)
Preferred: North American or South American. (It seems your definitions are for idiots (sorry “logically challenged”) who are not capable of figuring out the context unless it is spelled out)
Problematic: American: assumes the U.S. is the only country inside these two continents.
Preferred: use the specific name of the country on the continent; Africa; e.g., Egypt, Ethiopia. (Oh yeah?! You tell me how many Americans – sorry – “US citizens”- can find AFRICA on the map?! And you want them to find Ethiopia?!)
Problematic: Africa, which is a continent of many countries. (But “African-American” is not problematic? You just stated that “American” is problematic and “African” is problematic! But “African-American” is OK?)
Preferred: White people, European-American individuals. (OK. Then can I call “African-Americans” “black people”? Also don’t we insult black Europeans by assuming that ALL Europeans are white??!)
Problematic: Caucasian people
Preferred: International people (International means local people also. Too long again)
Problematic: Foreigners (And why is that problematic?)
Preferred: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
Problematic: Sexual Preference. (Oh yes! Is it politically correct for “vegetarian” to be “vegetable-oriented”?)
Preferred: Children who are gender non-conforming, Children who are gender variant
Problematic/Outdated: Girlie or Tomboy. And where is the exact description of what is conforming to girls’ behavior and what is conforming to boys’ behavior? Each new generation behaves differently and dresses differently. Jeans for girls were unthinkable a couple of generations ago. http://www.mediaite.com/online/universitys-bias-free-language-guide-is-a-cornucopia-of-inoffensiveness/
In today’s society we are so afraid to be insensitive, afraid to “hurt somebody’s feelings”, to offend a super-sensitive person that the self appointed speech police are now attempting to control not just what we say and how we say it, but what we think. It seems according to this politically correct Gestapo, we folks (or should I say Y’all) will crumble and fall into a depression at the sound of a “problematic” word.
I suggest that all of the above be described with one word: IDIOCRACY.