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I keep on talking on this blog about political correctness and maybe many of you are wondering why I keep doing it. Looking at it superficially, we can think that being politically correct is good, that this thinking current makes us be better people. We are politically correct and therefore we fight against injustice, we help with the emancipation of women, we protect our children against aggression and we transform the world around us into a safe space that makes us feel protected. We believe all of this stuff, because the media keeps on telling us that this is how we are supposed to be. The media shouts this from dusk till dawn, talking about their favorite terms. All day, we only hear about “racism”, “sexism”, “meetoo” and much more…
We live in a society obsessed by “ism”‘’s and we hear only negative things each day. Everything starts from the media, yes, but it is not only the media, because, unfortunately, people are very easy to influence. Slogans start corrupting good people that maybe don’t have the time or the disposition to investigate a certain problem thoroughly, and choose to believe whatever they are told. And so, since the effects of political correctness don’t usually appear in the mainstream media, maybe it’s time for a little summary:
1. The BBC has dropped the use of the terms Before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD) on one of their programmers and decided that the terms ‘Before Common Era’ / ‘Common Era’ are more appropriate.
2. The European Parliament introduced proposals to outlaw titles stating marital status such as ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs.’ so as not to cause offence. It also meant that ‘Madame’ and ‘Mademoiselle’, ‘Frau’ and ‘Fraulein’ and ‘Senora’ and ‘Senorita’ would be banned.
3. A school in Seattle renamed its Easter eggs ‘spring spheres’ to avoid causing offence to people who did not celebrate Easter.
4. A UK recruiter was stunned when her job advert for ‘reliable’ and ‘hard-working’ applicants was rejected by the job center as it could be offensive to unreliable and lazy people.
5. Some US schools now have a ‘holiday tree’ every at Christmas, rather than a Christmas tree.
6. In 2007, Santa Clauses in Sydney, Australia, were banned from saying ‘Ho Ho Ho’. Their employer, the recruitment firm Westaff (that supplies hundreds of Santa’s across Australia), allegedly told all trainees that ‘ho ho ho’ could frighten children, and be derogatory to women. Why? Because ‘Ho Ho Ho’ is too close to the American (not Australian, mind you) slang for prostitute.
7. All over the country, the term “manhole” is being replaced with the terms “utility hole” or “maintenance hole”.
And the list could go on and on and on… The effects of liberalism and political correctness are important and our society is starting to be shaped by these ideals. And I am scared for out future because of that. I want to live in a world of individualities, I want to live in a world where I am able to say what I think, even if it offends people. This is the most important thing, to be able to be yourself even if people don’t like you way of being. And unfortunately, political correctness is trying to put and end to that. And this is why we should all be very scared for our future in a politically correct world!