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

LIQUID GRAIN STORAGE FACILITY.

9) He is not quiet; he is a

CONVERSATIONAL MINIMALIST.

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

DISCOVERS ALTERNATIVE DESTINATIONS.

7) He is not balding; he is in

FOLLICLE REGRESSION.

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

ACCIDENTALLY HORIZONTAL.

5) He is not short; he is

ANATOMICALLY COMPACT.

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

VEHICULAR ADDICTION.

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

REVERSE BULIMIA.

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

OVERLY CAUCASIAN.

1) He is not afraid of commitment; he is

MONOGAMOUSLY CHALLENGED.


SUSTAINING LONG TERM COMMITMENTS

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We live in a fast paced rapid fire society. Pay now, send now, overnight delivery, express, instant, prepackaged and ready for consumption. This has somehow infiltrated our expectations towards our relationships.

Seemingly a large percentage of us want happiness prepackaged to order with minimum effort from ourselves to achieve the fulfillment we so long for.

The reality of it is relationships and the ingredients they contain are not microwavable for instantaneous consumption. UPS can’t deliver that one overnight, and there is no express mode of transportation that will deliver you directly to the rewards of a sustained relationship.

You have to be committed to put in the work , investment, and time. It starts with a solid foundation of commitment cemented firmly with friendship, trust, respect, compromise, and unselfishness. It’s constructed heartbeat by heartbeat, episode by episode and not to any romance author’s blueprint.

Many of us bounce from relationship to relationship because it doesn’t come ready made. While there are individuals with extreme character flaws and discrepancies that are not conducive to a healthy relationship, and it is beneficial to one to recognize this type at an early stage, there are many more where simple difference of thought, opinion, means to and end, have been misdiagnosed as such and cast away because of mere reluctance to invest the time to understand the intentions of the being.

Love is not as ready made as we would like it to be. Think investment for sustainability. Think no deposit, no return, and you get the message in this note.