I try my best to be politically correct. I think carefully about what term I am going to use if I need to describe somebody’s race. I use the pronouns requested by transgendered people. I don’t use “gay” or “retarded” as insults. It’s not because I’m terrified of offending people. It’s because I don’t want to. People seem to be up against Political correctness. Of course I go against it from time to time, such as when a religion is being harmful or cult like (eyes are on you catholic church) I will insult that religion to my hearts content. Political Incorrectness should not be something we are afraid of. Here’s the good thing…no one actually is.
What I don’t understand is why I can hardly consume a weeks worth of media and conversation without hearing at least one person rant about how they are having their rights taken away, how political correctness is a threat to free speech and how this is exactly like, Nazi Germany/ Soviet Russia/ North Korea/ an Orwell Novel. Look, hears a clue if you can claim that your country is like any of those, with out any fear of being arrested shot, or censored, then it most certainly isn’t. When was the last time you actually saw some one get banned from the telly for being non-PC? Oh right- never.
I don’t get why some people are so desperate for an end to political correctness. Are they just dying for a world in which people can use the N- word and make jokes about rape without being criticized at all?
Yes if some one is offensive there is backlash, criticism is a part of free speech. The listeners are now exercising their free speech, just as Mr. Non-PC was doing when he was being an offensive so and so. Some of them may say that he ought be banned from the telly, it is very, very, very unlikely this will happen. Why? Because it is completely risk free to say that this country is like Nazi Germany. Which means that it isn’t.
Another annoying habit of the anti political correctness brigade is the pathetic assumption that any LGBT character, any minority actor, any disabled character is their solely for the reason of making the show more PC, in order to protect it from the evil communist fascism of political correctness. This is where the fact that they are in fact prejudiced idiots is revealed. Does it not cross their minds that a non- white actor may in fact also be a good actor. Because according to them the only reason this person could possibly have made the cut is because of political correctness.
And now Michal Gove, the half-wit currently running our education system is planning on removing Mary Seacole form the national curriculum. The only black person not connected to slavery or civil rights on the British National Curriculum. My hypothesis is this is somewhat to do with the negative feeling towards political correctness in our country. GOD FORBID WE HAVE SOMETHING POLITICLY CORRECT ON OUR CURRICULUM But its like the TV thing, its nothing to do with political correctness. She was important in the Crimean war and she deserves to be held in as high esteem as Florence Nightingale. She would have been long ago if she wasn’t black. You can sign the petition to keep her on the curriculum here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/michael-gove-secretary-of-state-for-education-keep-mary-seacole-on-the-national-curriculum
If this article annoyed you – chances are you are the reason I wrote it. I hope you know that I am not demanding that you be politically correct. I am asking that you stop pretending that anyone is. Oh and I would also appreciate it if you stopped trying to make fetch happen with the whole “discrimination is now against heterosexual, wealthy WASP men” thing. Because that is beyond annoying and stupid.
UPDATE: the petition was succsessful MAry Seacole was not only kept on the curriculum but was moved from optional to compulsory learning. Happy times.
New years resolutions should be a great idea. On principle they really are.
At new years we are encouraged to reflect. We make resolutions and it gives people an opportunity to make a new start. The pressure to have a resolution can be a good kick up the bum for some people. I think that this holiday, which celebrates new beginnings and reflection in a secular, is a nice counterbalance to the endless religious holidays we celebrate.
But you do get some frankly rubbish resolutions. I will be listening to people’s resolutions and the second I hear any permutation of “loose weight” out of the mouth of any non-obese person. I will just think
“really… of all the things in your life… the thing you want to change… more than anything else… is your weight” I don’t know where this comes from. Maybe it’s the constant bombardment of unrealistic body images from the media. Maybe it’s the pressure to come up with something and this is a fairly anodyne resolution. Maybe people don’t want to announce the thing they want to change this year in front of a whole bunch of people, so they say this instead. Maybe they don’t have a new years resolution because they saw a problem in September and just made the change then. I know that for some people it’s a desire to get back down to their normal size after the festive season, but that is a new months, not a new years resolution.
To help remedy the problem I have made a list of tips for choosing a decent resolution. I know its late but maybe use this list to make a new better resolution. Disclaimer: I am not an expert in anything.
Specific- E.g. “Not to leave my stuff lying around- particularly not to loose track of my stuffs location”- rather than “get organized”
Measurable (this is not always possible)- E.g. “I will finish at least 24 books this year” rather than “read more”
Attainable- E.g. “I will use more effective methods of activism (as oppose to “Facebook activism”)” rather than “ I will personally behead Carmon, Clegg, and Osborne”
Relevant E.g. “I will try to sleep better” rather than “My best friend will try to sleep better”
Timely- obviously the assumed time goal for news year’s resolutions is this year. But if you have loftier aims set it further- perhaps with a chunk you wish to have completed by this year.
Best of luck to you all
P.S- my new years resolutions- I didn’t feel I could finish off this post without them.