Has Political Correctness Gone too Far

  1. This came up yesterday at work. A guy I work with says that PC should be abolished completely because it's not society's place to tell people how to think or what to say and that PC infringes on freedom of speech.

    I didn't say anything to him but it made me wonder if there are others who feel the same way.

    I believe that some PC has gone too far such as people getting offended over small things like being called "hearing impaired" over "auditorily (I'm not even sure how you would spell such a word!) challenged."

    I actually heard this conversation in the mall one day between a man and woman (I wasn't trying to eavesdrop, but they were at the table next to me in the food court) and she was all bent out of shape because one of her friend's boyfriends had called her hearing impaired.

    So what do you think? Has Pc gone too far? If so, how do you think it can be stopped? Is there not enough PC in the world?

    Your thoughts please.
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    One word: YES.
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Yep; I believe that our country--originally a democracy with the majority ruling-- has now become a country where the exception becomes the rule.

    Common sense is thrown out the window and annoying little sob's (Rev. Al Sharpton springs to mind as a prime example of someone who's done absolutely nothing for our society in a very big, loud, and harassing way) who wouldn't get a second look elsewhere, suddenly become the headline-makers on a technical point.

    It's ridiculous.
  5. by   eltrip
    Yep.
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Yes and no.

    Yes, because it seems like being "PC" also gives some the excuse to be ultra sensitive to the point of being incorrigible.

    No, because I never thought it was cool to call a handicapped person a "cripple".

    It really depends on one's perspective.

    I'm reminded of the last time I was in my grandmother's hometown in Arkansas a couple years ago. I was shopping at K-mart and overheard a lady ask if they had any "cement yard n-ggers" because someone had knocked her's over and broken it. She realized I had been standing there, turn around and apologized saying she had referred to the black cement lawn jockeys that way for so long she didn't realize what she was saying. She wanted to replace her's.
    The black cement lawn jockeys was commonplace down south. It was accepted because during the Jim Crow era, there was no room for verbalizing how "Un-PC" it was to post-civil war descendants.
    Do I care that this white southerner wanted to replace her cement lawn "n-gger"? In the grand scheme of things, no. Maybe I should have, but I figure I have a child to raise and a world to try to live in without fighting battles that can never be won.

    People will always take offense to one thing or another.
  7. by   Stargazer
    I think PC is a generally good idea, the execution of which has unfortunately been taken far too often past the point of absurdity.

    I do believe that the initial or underlying purpose was well-meaning and appropriate, meant to halt the blatant rudeness of people going around saying "******" and "crip" and "retard". I don't think there are many people who couldn't benefit from a reminder to be more culturally, politically or socially sensitive.

    However, humor columnist Cynthia Heimel, who is a staunch liberal, wrote a very funny piece some years ago about how PC-ness has basically become a parody of itself. She cited a party where she was informed that it was not PC to say, "My God, it's nippy in here, I need a sweater" because it was deemed to be offensive to Japanese-Americans.

    She also recalled a talk show she was invited to co-host with comedian Mo Gaffney, where the topic was friendships between gay men and straight women. During a commercial break, Heimel said to one of the men, "Hey, nice socks. Oh, but they would be, you're gay." All 4 guests glared at her and accused her of "perpetuating gross generalizations." Mind you, she was brought on the show for the sole purpose of being funny.

    See, I think that's the real problem right there. Nobody has a sense of humor anymore.

    (Edited for redundant redundancy.)
    Last edit by Stargazer on Sep 23, '02
  8. by   Q.
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    However, humor columnist Cynthia Heimel, who is a staunch liberal, wrote a very funny piece some years ago about how PC-ness has basically become a parody of itself. She cited a party where she was informed that it was not PC to say, "My God, it's nippy in here, I need a sweater" because it was deemed to be offensive to Japanese-Americans.

    Ok, call me stupid, but WHY is the above comment offensive to Japanese Americans?

    I always say that, although my husband always says "nippley."
  9. by   Stargazer
    "Nips" was a common derogatory term used for the Japanese in WWII.

    Nippley. Hee.
  10. by   Q.
    Oh.

    Learn something new everyday.

    Almost like, the more people TRY to have others NOT offend them, the more it exposes people like me to offensive terms.
  11. by   hoolahan
    I agree with vegas's summationn basically.

    It is nice to be civilized, but ridiculous that we can't even joke with each other any more. It reminds me of the Drew Carey episode where one of the secretaries got all upset over Drew sending out an e-mail joke with a pic of a caterpillar humping a french fry. She labeled it sexual harrassment. Puh-Leez. The sad thing is, that kind of stuff is actually happening.

    Too much PC, not enough common sense!
  12. by   JonRN
    I like some PC things like me being "gravitationally challenged" instead of plain old fat. Some of it is ridiculous to the nth degree, but as far as the loss of the sense of humor, I guess it depends on whose ox is getting gored. It's always easier to laugh at UN-pc things when it doesn't apply to you.

    Pappy
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by JonRN
    ....It's always easier to laugh at UN-pc things when it doesn't apply to you.

    Pappy
    Excellent point!!!
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Political correctness for its own sake is pure stupidity to me. NOW CARING HOW OTHERS FEEL AND RESPECTING them does NOT require PC engineering to be done. You either are respectful or not......PC does not affect that. It changes nothing except to make the work environment increasingly hostile and difficult to tolerate. I firmly believe NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT to demand never to be offended. YOU DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO WALK AWAY, and IGNORE the offense or DO SOMETHING PROACTIVE ABOUT IT.....PC engineering does nothing to foster common sense or courtesy. Just my less than 0.2......

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