“Politically Correct” Is Politically Incorrect

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If you thought that the war on language being waged by some American colleges was out of control, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, using the term “politically correct” as a pejorative is a politically incorrect “microaggression”.

A campaign entitled ‘Just Words’ which seeks to “raise awareness of microaggressions and their impact” asserts that the terms “politically correct” and “PC” have “become a way to deflect, [and say] that people are being too ‘sensitive’ and police language.”

Other words and terms deemed offensive include;

Lame (Because it “ridicules and ignores the lives of amputees”)

Retarded (“Targets individuals with varying cognitive, emotional and physical abilities as targets for ridicule”)

Thug (“Assumes that violence is the sole motivating factor in an action. Ignores issues of poverty, education and other institutional barriers”)

Illegal Alien (“Fails to recognize the humanity of immigrants”)

Crazy (“Creates a negative and demeaning of perspective of people with mental diagnoses”)

Welfare Queen (“Assumes that a female individual is living off of welfare because she is lazy”)

Trash (Uses class to marginalize and dismiss individuals of lower socioeconomic status”).

It continued:

A “Bias-Free Language Guide” posted on the University of New Hampshire website which made headlines earlier this year asserts that the word “American” is “problematic” because it “assumes the U.S. is the only country inside [the continents of North and South America].”

Other discouraged words and phrases included, “obese,” “normal,” “mothering,” “fathering,” “homosexual,” “illegal alien,” and “senior citizens.”

and

The biggest gay rights lobby group in the United States also recently called on schools to eliminate “gender stereotypes” by training staff to avoid using the words “boy” and “girl” in class.

I was a bit surprised at the appearance of  “senior citizens” in this list, because to the best of my knowledge it is itself of fairly recent coinage (1970s?), and was intended to portray “old people” in a rosier light. It would seem that, after 40 years, “senior citizens” has become as soiled (perhaps even as incontinent?) as “old people”

Something of the same fate seems to have overtaken “gay”, which was coined around the same time to replace “homo” and “queer”, and is now being used by kids as an equivalent term of abuse.

And I’ve heard that black coloured people these days will quite happily call each other “nigger”. Nobody else is allowed to, of course.

I think the problem is that if  people don’t like blacks/coloureds/niggers and homos,/queers/gays, the disapproval is going to become attached to whatever word is used to describe them. And conversely, if disapproving names are given to people who are actually widely admired, those names will come to lose their negative impact. e.g. animals, rolling stones, kinks, beetles, etc.

And what more abused and disapproved social group is there than smokers? Are we not subjected to incessant ‘micro-aggressions’? We are, for example, regularly called ‘addicts’, and our lifestyles described as ‘unhealthy’ and ‘poisonous’. I’m sure there are plenty more such descriptors that readers can remind me of.

It had me thinking that maybe we ought to climb on board the PC bandwagon, and start demanding that the abusive language directed at us be moderated. Why not play them at their own game? Perhaps we should invent a new name for ourselves to replace “smoker”, with something with a positive association. The first ones that came to mind were “cools” or “calms” or ‘clears’ or ‘straights’. Any suggestions?

But in general I’m disinclined to moderate the language I use against the scum in Tobacco Control. And I want pure, undiluted, in-your-face macro-aggression, not wimpish ‘micro-aggression’. So I’m going to keep calling them filthy stinking bastards, and worse.

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14 Responses to “Politically Correct” Is Politically Incorrect

  1. slugbop007 says:

    Politically Correct is a cancer. Let’s find a cure.

    • Joe L. says:

      Politically Correct is a cancer.

      Targets, dehumanizes, marginalizes and stigmatizes cancer victims. It’s only a matter of time before this gets appended to the ever-growing list.

  2. Tony says:

    I suggest we campaign to ban the words ‘smoke’, ‘smoker’ and ‘smoking’. Then we can get on with our lives and they won’t even be able to talk about us.

  3. Lepercolonist says:

    The University of Wisconsin has always been a hotbed of ‘Progressives’. How about making it politically incorrect for telling everyone how to think on their own ? Phuck these libtard nannies. You can’t even find a decent stand-up comedy routine anymore because of all this PC bullshit.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    microaggressions- new codex words or new speak

  5. jltrader says:

    Bacon, burgers and sausages are as big a cancer risk as SMOKING, say world health chiefs: Processed meats added to list of danger substances: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3285490/Bacon-burgers-sausages-cancer-risk-say-world-health-chiefs-Processed-meats-added-list-substances-likely-cause-disease-alongside-cigarettes-asbestos.html

  6. Tim Cullen says:

    The boomers are reaching the end of their “three score and tend” escalator ride [up or down according to perceived performance]… soon we will be just dust and ashes.

    So the least we should do is leave a full ashtray behind as a memorial to better times :-)

    University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using ‘he’ and ‘she’ – and switch to ‘xe’, ‘zir’ and ‘xyr’ instead
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3214567/University-Tennessee-tells-staff-students-stop-using-switch-xe-zir-xyr-instead.html

  7. Ed says:

    If we allow ourselves to succumb to political correctness, it will literally put us all into straight jackets. It suppresses any meaningful discussion and liberties are surrendered.

    If we query any aspect of Islam, we are branded as Islamophobic, If we query the antics of the EU, we are branded xenophobic, if we express an opinion on immigration, you’re racist, dare to question the pope and you’re a bigot and don’t talk about the gender-bending effects of BPA in plastics or the other endocrine disrupters they put in food or you’re just being homophobic, the list goes on and on….

    No more boys and girls as you may offend a transgender child, so purple penguins is the cool term to employ;

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389862/school-told-call-kids-purple-penguins-because-boys-and-girls-not-inclusive

    No more brown paper bags or calling yourself a “citizen” if you live in Seattle;

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10219389/Seattle-bans-words-citizen-and-brown-bag.html

    No more mothers and fathers if you live in France;

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9563543/France-set-to-ban-the-words-mother-and-father-from-official-documents.html

    No more Halloween! ;

    This one had me lmao;

  8. Ed says:

    Sorry, this one:

  9. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Bacon, cigarettes and asbestos… http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/23/who_bacon_shocker/

    Bacon good. Cigarettes good. Is that as bestos care story as they can muster… Ooo mustard… my mouth filling with saliva… http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Mustard

  10. Roobeedoo2 says:

    What did they miss? Erm… the irony of including the word ‘Nazi’, perhaps? Or perhaps in the use of the words ‘inclusive’ and ‘excellence’ in describing themselves?

  11. garyk30 says:

    It’s not the ‘looney left’ that is responsible, it is the ‘right wingers’!

    Or so the left says.

    Scholars on the political left have said that conservatives and right-wing libertarians pushed the term in order to divert attention from more substantive matters of discrimination and as part of a broader culture war against liberalism.

    They have also said that conservatives have their own forms of political correctness, which are generally ignored.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_correctness#False_accusations

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