Is political correctness a useful concept, or does it stifle honest discussion?
Most days the crazy liberal living in my head would say that political correctness is a ridiculous power trip brought about by people who fear free thought, and I would be right. I don't know that it necessarily stifles honest conversation but it certainly doesn't encourage people being accountable for their own thoughts and actions. With all of that being said, I see the purpose behind the thought. So few people take full accountability for what comes out of their mouth, no matter what distress it may cause to someone else. Thankfully PC terms give us the buffer for people who are just too ridiculous to think halfway past their ass before speaking.
I am not one of those people, but I don't mind it when people don't like what I say either. If it bothers you that I will say that you being obese (when you are) and taking no responsibility for the health problems it has caused you disgusts me because I would give a limb for the chance to “choose” not to be sick, then we probably shouldn't talk. I'm not saying you are fat, I would assume that your mirror told you that before you left this morning. Just as I don't expect someone to call me “handicapable”, I'm not! There are so many things that people do daily that I am too CRIPPLED to ever be able to accomplish. What infuriates me is that people feel like saying “handicapped” or “disabled” may lead me to believe that they think we are on an even playing field. We aren't, and that's okay.
We all have words that we don't like to hear but if we were just a little more conscious of our current company, we wouldn't need a standard to tell us how to speak. While I hate very little, I detest the word “retard” but I know there are people who use it regularly. I use the term red neck quite often when referring to a certain portion of our population and I am aware that I don't necessarily do it with a fondness for that particular demographic. However I also know that the words they may use to describe me would probably differ greatly for the words that I use to describe me. That is all ok!!
I feel like political correctness is trying to remove our human right to be a complete and total asshole, and to live with the consequences. I try desperately (even though I need to get better at it) not to hurt people feelings, and I think we should all do the same. Will we fail at times?? You be we will, but hopefully we learn from those failures and try not be that particular form of asshole ever again. Everyone has different sensitivities and I believe after about five years old you should make it a point to pay attention to the sensitivities of others, and to try not to be an asshole about said differences. Or as I so often say GROW UP!
Is there a PC Term for asshole????? 🙂