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Poll :: What do you think of Political Correctness?

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It is necessary in our society
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It is not necessary in our society
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I don't care
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Total Votes : 22


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Jimbo san
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 6:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Seriously, what do you all think of Political Correctness?
I think (and this is just my view) that political correctness has become ridiculous in our society. The sheer amount of things you cannot, do or say lest you offend some overly touchy person has brought many nations to their knees. LAW SUITS are fought over political correctness now, for god's sake. Will it ever stop? Or will we one day be forbidden from opening our mouths lest we offend someone?
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 7:04 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

You're right when you say that PC is going over the top. In fact, PC might work against its own goal. I'm a bleedin' heart liberal pinko wuss myself, but I hate the mental censorship that PC-language implies. No, wait, I don't hate PC-related language-control. It makes me furious. I think "Well, we might call him "differently enabled", but everybody fucking sees he's a cripple!". Mostly, the PC-expressions are so artificial that they keep the connotations of the originial expressions. If I say "differently enabled" I could mean everything from "crippled" or "retarded" to "human vegetable fit to be gassed". Or they are utter bullshit, like "herstory".

I think the basic idea of PC is sound - to pay attention to parts of language that are openly offensive to minorities and imply defectiveness. But it went to far...

So I say, yes, PC is basically a good thing, but when it is the subject of court cases somebody lost it.

And PC can make it also quite difficult to spot the real assholes.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 7:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

True, PC is as far as i can see it a redundant way of being polite, taken to extremes.
To quote a source from '96:
"hopefully Political Correctness will soon dissapear up one of it's own orifices, of its own choice."
What a shame that never happened.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 7:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

:twisted: I think this can be best quoted from a song i heard a while ago

"The other day i was walking my Siberian-American Huskies,and you know how canines are,they like to sniff everying including other dogs butts and this guy walked up to me and said "man get your dogs ass, out of that other dogs nose" and i replied "how dare you call them dogs, their Siberian-American Huskies, thats like calling an African-American a Black, or thats like calling a Mexican-American a Mexican, or worse let its like calling a Homosexual a Stupid swell guy..... it pissed me off so bad that i dyed my hair blue, got a nose-ring and moved to san fransisco..."
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 8:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It's all absolute bollocks!!

Say what you mean and what you think/feel all the time - at least then people will see your true colours rather than hiding behind all that PC BS....

People are now so affraid of breaking these 'PC' rules that they daren't express their own opinions any more!

F**k 'em and the PC horse they rode in on.... If I think someone's a c**t, I'll tell them so to their face!
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 9:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I think of Political Correctness as the first step towards NewSpeak in 1984, where all negative speech was wiped out.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 9:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Unforetunately, political correctness does seem to have become a prerequisite in contemporary society...it is needed, otherwise a lot of people start bitching about something or another.
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 10:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

my position is simple. i am not a politician therefore i will not be bound to political correctness. doesnt mean i dont have common decency and courtesy but the english language should not be held to ransom by politicians. most irritating thing i remeber is it suddenly became non-PC to describe someone as black and that instead you should describe them as coloured. that was later overturned and it was deemed non-PC to describe someone as coloured so they should instead be described as afro-carribean (sp).

all i care for is what the language is intended to imply. if it is meant as a derogatory remark it is wrong. if it is meant purely in a descriptive term and is not openly offensive go for it.

of course if you are out to offend anything goes
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 10:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Orwell has warned

political correctness = euphemism = newspeak = doublethink

double plus ungood
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 10:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

"doubleplusungood ref. unpersons." icon_mrhappy
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I wonder if a whole topic could be devoted to newspeak?
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 11:10 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

no comment on the topic...

Rico wrote:
...prerequisite in contemporary society...


big words. hehehe, it's nice to have rico back... :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2002 11:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Political correctness I definatelly don't like. However I really like politeness which despite being a different thing, is close enough. Its something that's frequently getting mistaken in forums.

People think their fighting PC by badmouthing everyone and saying things like: I don't believe you just said that you F***ing m***n! How dare you going against my teachings? _ _ _(Enter name of product or just about everything you hate here) is crap and they should kill it/him/her! Just because I say so! And to give you proof of that, here's my {Biased} opinion and points against it! You're not free to have your own opinion, and further more if you don't change your mind and follow my beliefs/opinions your a complete idiot! Case closed!
-----Nice to "hear" constantly in a forum you're going just to exchange opinions isn't it?----
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 1:29 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Like i said earlier, I think PC is a version of politeness taken to a ridiculous extreme. Nothing wrong with politeness.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 5:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Political correctness is mainstream brainwash.

Those who dare to be different, are taken by the government whilst they slumber...

And Bush is an idiot.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 5:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I can tell you that political correctness is getting out of control, having served in the U.S Army for eight years I can safely say it should be done away with.

When doing maneuvers at Ft. Benning GA I was acting squad leader and over the comm I reported my position to the radio officer on the other side, I said "Me and my men are at [insert coordinates here], over", this was all fine and dandy, but when I got back to camp I was told I had to use the word "people" instead of men so that I was sensitive to females serving in the military at the time.

It's corrosive to the military and civilian life, and should by all means be done away with! :twisted:
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 5:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I think its utter fucking bullshit and is so full of loopholes.

TYake for instance the word 'racism'. It's used to say someone is being predujice against something [I think, but who gives a fuck?] but it contains the word 'race' menaing that a person is a different race of people from the race of person abusing them.

In england theyre employing more women fire-fighters because they are'nt enough, but the fighters theyre employing dont actually pass the test.

whatever. I can't be bothered
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 5:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Rico wrote:
Unforetunately, political correctness does seem to have become a prerequisite in contemporary society...it is needed, otherwise a lot of people start bitching about something or another.


Ooh! OOH! You said "bitch"! Now you're gonna get it! Wait, I said "bitch" too! Now I'm in trouble! Ahh! I said it again! NOOOO...

Seriously though, some people are taking this sort of thing WAY too seriously. The best way to deal with them is to give them the "you just sprouted another head" look, shake your head and say, "get a life!". This works on all forms of obnoxious social based lifeforms, not just PCs.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 5:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

It's bullshit. I have nothing against refraining from using racial slurs and the like, but when it reaches further, it crosses into thought control. Let's say that you want to discuss whether the Vietnam "Conflict" was a violation of international law. Well, if you argue that it was, you just fucked yourself up the ass, because you're degrading the actions of a crapload of soldiers. It's next to impossible to discuss the main issues of the war, now. If you get people riled up enough, you'll be due for "sensitivity training." Sounds positively Orwellian.

Try speaking what's really on your mind, one day. Like, out in public. If you don't conform to the very narrow tunnel of Political Correctness, you could be called a racist, sexist, commie, nazi, etc.


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 7:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

HappySuitcase Man wrote:
Try speaking what's really on your mind, one day. Like, out in public. If you don't conform to the very narrow tunnel of Political Correctness, you could be called a racist, sexist, commie, nazi, etc.


i could relate to that.
it's absurd what you get called sometimes. the exact opposite of what you are, really.
people = cattle. dumb cattle, too.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2002 11:03 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Pyro wrote:

In england theyre employing more women fire-fighters because they are'nt enough, but the fighters theyre employing dont actually pass the test.

whatever. I can't be bothered


Yeah, they do that here in the U.S. in certain areas too. There's two sets of standards for fire-fighters here. One for men and one for women, because they're different physically. That seems fair, given that men's bodies and women's bodies react to work differently, right?

So the question is, do they use men for one type of fire situation and women for the other? I don't think so.
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