Is Political Correctness Veiled Censorship?

IMG_1432The term implies taking a left turn from the right of free speech. It demands discipline in extreme cases to say the least. Saying what  you are supposed to say as opposed to saying what  you feel. One should act in a preconceived manner not necessarily conducive to their preferable state of being.

Political Correct is phrase that began as a buzzword or sorts in political arenas in the early 80s has manifest itself into a speech etiquette and policy control mechanism of sorts over the past decade. To be Political Correct in speech is to censor ones statements or policies suitable for the  acceptance of those they are targeted at.

Has the acceptance of Political Correctness as an etiquette speech governor been responsible for some of America’s biggest issues from simply receiving the press and spotlight it receives. On another level has political correctness been responsible for stagnated careers, broken marriages, misconceptions of individuals real convictions? The question that arises from the womb of political correctness is if one can’t truly take a position on their convictions how are they to get them recognized?

What say you? Is Political Correctness an incarcerating oppressive attitude that has been unwittingly adopted at the expense of freedom of speech

A definition from wikopedia defines Political Correct in this manner

A powerful form of censorship.

Political correctness (noun) and politically correct (adjective) (PC) are the terms applied to language, ideas, policies, and behavior meant to enforce ideologic conformity to an orthodox authority. The usages are principally pejorative — ridiculing the “unquestionable authority” of the orthodoxy and the authority figure. The adjectival term politically incorrect denotes language and ideas, unconstrained by orthodoxy, that might offend the orthodox PC folk. The usage controversy lies in the implicitly negative connotation of political correctness, while politically incorrect implicitly connotes a positive self-description,

The concept “politically correct” has changed our whole system of communication. Even the slightest implication of an adverse comment is now deplored. Consequently: I am not fat, I am spatially challenged. My wife, Beverly, is not short, she is vertically challenged. We no longer have chairmen, anchormen, etc. We use chair, anchor, etc. instead.
Now, to be fair, much of this change is not only fair, but necessary. Why should a woman who heads a department at a university have to be called “chairman?” And those who are overweight have the right to feel that in our society where “you can’t be too rich or too thin” to be called “fat” is perjorative. But there are limits.

Check this, and I’m sure that of many successful people in the secured lending industry, has always been “take your job seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.” Life is too short to worry about image. And if you can’t kid or be kidded by friends, you may miss the opportunity for valuable closeness.

Paul Nader. “using humor in a politically correct world. In Secured Lender may.june97, issue 3
Similarly agonized cries also emanate from the United States. “The production, packaging and distribution of the term Political Correctness,” writes Stanley Fish, a Duke University English prof and liberal ideologue, “is the most stunning success of neo-conservatives in the recent culture wars.” New York Times editorial writer Brent Staples whines: “The charge of Political Correctness seeks to reduce all differences of opinion to a contest between a rigidly defined liberalism and a rigidly defined conservatism, with the conservative side laying exclusive claim to all that is good and true.”

I’ve solicted some examples of political correct terms relative to men. What’s some of your favorites, or most annoying?

Top 10 Politically Correct Statements About Men (with 1 total ratings)

10) He does not have a beer gut; he has developed a


9) He is not quiet; he is a


8) He does not get lost all the time; he


7) He is not balding; he is in


6) He does not get falling-down drunk; he becomes


5) He is not short; he is


4) He does not constantly talk about cars; he has a


3) He does not eat like a pig; he suffers from


2) He is not a bad dancer with no rhythm; he is


1) He is not afraid of commitment; he is



Author: Geo Gee

I'm a curious one that finds politics, social issues, and diverse progressive solutions interesting. I believe information and education are the most powerful weapons one can arm himself with. Those two dynamics alone open the doors to opportunities. I also subscribe to each one teach one for a better world for all.

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