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| Political Correctness
Political Correctness (PC) is where language and practices that may offend sensitivities (e.g. race or gender) are eliminated.
So, animal/child/female/black abuse is not PC.
So, environmentally-friendly green living is PC, whilst fossil fuels are not PC.
The strange thing is that PC culture and non-PC can both be used to pursue elitist or authoritarian goals!
And yet they can both lead to positive change in society!!
Political correctness can protect diversity by stifling uncomfortable debate.
But PC can be used politically or even 'scientifically' as censorship, to coerce people, effectively to brainwash them.
So, I believe PC can be helpful, but it can also be excessive. And sometimes it can be pursued with fanaticism and the persecution of the non-PC. Maybe what is needed is a Middle Way.
Fight against PC and you may be a seeker of freedom, or you may be into hate speech.
So, the positive flip side of PC is the Jester or Sacred Fool or Trickster, who exposes delicate issues in society, often with the aim of re-establishing society in a better way. Like PC, this non-PC can be insightful, but can also be overused or used unethically, and surely also demands balanced use.
The negative flip side of PC is hate speech and discrimination. For example, USA President Trump's anti-PC policy has used the weaknesses of PC to further his elitist goals.
Typically, political correctness has battlegrounds. Consider:
Punch & Judy puppet shows have been threatened with being banned because they portray an abusive relationship and inappropriate hitting. But some say it is historical, iconic - and that it is the man who is being henpecked and lashes out in self-defence at the woman.
The man also hit their baby. Supposedly Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, as a child saw the baby murdered by Mr Punch and fled in horror, never able to deal with Mr Punch no matter in what guise he appeared. This brutality does not usually feature today, which is surely a positive result of PC.
There is a call to ban compulsory rugby at schools - see here, here. Similar ban called for American Football for under 14s - see here. Some consider this excessive and ludicrous PC. But is choice not better when the evidence is mounting that such sports damage the brain?
I am not homophobic. Yet, I read that gay characters on USA TV are at a record high, whilst strong Christians feature far less and are often shown in a negative light. Perhaps PC is too excessive here? PC can happen with more balance, without the persecution?
Transgender acceptance is PC. I welcome this. But its PC may have gone too far:-
Cultural appropriation is adopting elements of a minority culture by a dominant culture, especially where an imbalance of power is emphasised. Generally, I believe we need to respect other cultures, especially if the specific practice is good (e.g. unlike FGM). However, cultural appropriation often seems to have become far too constrictive.
What about the basic human behaviour of learning from others, out of curiosity, creativity and admiration? In a globalised world, we are exposed to so many cultures and influences. It is not necessarily about domination!
I am for the goal of humans intelligently sharing their creations and resources. I have serious concerns about how copyright law works practically. I am against capitalism. I am against colonialism. I am for equality.
Why can't we respectfully share, create Unity, have a Culture of Love?
Double standards can emerge with PC. An electrician faced the sack for displaying a crucifix in his van. Yet Muslim supermarket employees can refuse to serve alcohol on the grounds that it offends their religion. Does the removal of the crucifix not offend Christianity?
Blame or Empowerment? [PC2]
Skirting Around [PC3]
Dress Codes [PC4]
Excessive Political Correctness [PC5]