Political correctness... how did it go so very wrong?
June 14, 2007 9:25am CST
I remember the beginning of the P.C. movement, back in the 1980's, on and around college campuses in the name of tolerance. The original intent was to remove some of the barriers to learning that many people who were "different" experienced. The basic idea was from the old saying, walk a mile in someone's shoes before you pass judgement. The literal effect on day-to-day life was to make sure everybody understood it was no longer cool to cough out the word "fatso" 5 or 6 times when an overweight person walked past, and other genuinely hurtful behaviors. So, how did it turn into the twisted weapon of far left control freaks that it seems to be today? (Yes, I said left-wing control freaks, get over it!) How did it become an acceptable form of censorship that everyone is supposed to kowtow to? I am all for having some sensitivity to how my words and actions affect others, but this mindless pursuit of totally neutral language for everything makes me want to beat the stuffing out of someone! I'm foaming at the mouth about this because someone on another site took me to task for using what they interpreted as the word "girl" in my username (I'm gardengrrl just about everywhere, gardengrrl8 everywhere else!) First of all, it's a nickname the old drunks behind my apt. in town gave me, because I was always "growling" at them for peeing around my container garden; second, if it was meant to infer "girl", it would have been a reference to the "brattgrrl" subset of the post-punk movement in the gay clubs of the 80's, and I'm cool with that; thirdly, I don't give a damn if somebody, somewhere, could maybe, possibly be offended by their interpretation of my username. Pardon my "crudite", but, f**k 'em if they can't take a joke! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• United States
15 Jun 07
Hi, Heather, thanks for stopping by! I guess the best example I can think of is the way Christmas celebrations are curtailed. Remember last holiday season, there was a lot of reporting in the news about retailers having "holiday" sales instead of Christmas sales, and people are even afraid to wish each other a merry Christmas, unless they know the person definitely won't be offended. It's some kind of bizarre drive to eliminate all references to anything cultural, ethnic, or religious, everywhere! When I was a kid, every year there would be one child who wasn't Christian in my class. The teachers always did a lesson about that kid's faith and holidays, and we all helped make a little spot next to the Christmas tree for decorations for that kid's holidays. It was OK to include the child, and do something for them, as well as have Christmas decor for everybody else. Now its a big brouhaha, and only generic "winter holiday" decorations are allowed. There's other examples, but I don't have my left-wing conspiracy theories as well-developed as the right-wing ones. *grins* It just really bugs me that, even though we go through all this nonsense to avoid any language that could possibly offend anyone, anywhere, anytime, it's once again just fine to talk smack about someone for no bigger reason than they entered your eyesight, and they're different than you. Was that helpful, at all?