Political Correctness: Where do we draw the line?

Political Correctness: Where do we draw the line?

Mwar Mwar
All right folks. Where do we draw the line?

Do you think people are (on average) getting offended too easily? In general, I'm saying. Some examples can be:

- Happy Holidays instead of X-mas/holiday euphemisms
- LGBT terms. Saying the incorrect one
- Political issues and their terms
- Using "God dammit" and other religious blasphemy
- And many more I can't think about

I think it's one thing to be "ist" (racist, sexist, etc.) But I think people are getting offended too easily in our culture. And it seems to be hampering free speech.

Should those who are offended "toughen up." Or should those who make mistakes "watch their tongue?'" Where do you think is the line?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I think people are too sensitive
42
I think people are not sensitive enough
3
I think there is too much PC
36
I think there should be more PC
What we currently have is fine
1
Other - I'll tell you in the comments
7
Total votes: 89 (58 voters)
Poll is closed
09/04/2012
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panthercat23 panthercat23
People complain way too much today I think. Though I think it is just part of society changing over time and who knows what things will be like in a few years.
09/04/2012
icelandia icelandia
Too much PC, but I don't think PC is a bad thing in general
09/04/2012
Ansley Ansley
There's a little too much of everything these days - greed, demands for instant gratification, demands for information people aren't and shouldn't be privy to, demands for segregation disguised as attempts to unite and have everyone in society recognized as special snowflakes. It's ridiculous to a degree, but as mentioned above I think in the end, we'll find that secret balance and we'll learn how to get along much better for it.
09/04/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I do think that a lot of people are just being to sensitive but political correctness can be a good thing. Unless you know the person very well, it's hard to know what will or will not offend them. Some people get offended by things others wouldn't bat an eye at. Now I doubt you're trying to offend anyone, but it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to talking to strangers/acquaintance s.
09/04/2012
Supervixen Supervixen
I think people can be way too sensitive, and I hate political correctness. I don't feel the impulse to use racially/sexually/reli giously offensive terms anyway. because I don't like sounding like a bigoted idiot, nor do I want to hurt anyone. I do think, however, that too many people have kneejerk reactions to things that people say. I've been involved in discussions about LGBT issues, and someone will innocently ask something or use a term that they aren't aware is offensive, or they forget to include every single sexual identity and preference in one sentence, and someone else jumps all over them. Is that necessary? Some people really don't mean offense, or they really are just uninformed. Wouldn't it be better to calmly explain it to them instead of treating them like a disgusting bigot? Give them the benefit of the doubt first.

Political correctness taken to the extreme only gives feminists, LGBT activists, and other minority activists a bad reputation, which angers me, because those are issues that are very important to me. It also reeks of censorship and dishonesty. No real dialogue about issues can actually be discussed, because the issue of political correctness tends to overshadow the discussion and become the issue itself. People are way too sensitive and need to grow a thicker skin--there are much more important issues to put your energy towards.
09/04/2012
Lavendar Lavendar
I think people are too sensitive
09/04/2012
Mwar Mwar
Quote:
Originally posted by Supervixen
I think people can be way too sensitive, and I hate political correctness. I don't feel the impulse to use racially/sexually/reli giously offensive terms anyway. because I don't like sounding like a bigoted idiot, nor do I want to hurt ...
I agree with you here. Someone can have the best intentions, but even informed people may not know all the correct terms. That fear of being yelled at can censor someone in a way.

People may want to say something, but because they are not sure what words to say, they may shy away from speaking. I think it controls how we think and can stop the flows of communication.

There's a difference between being an ass and being uninformed. And watching how people say it, I think, is important.
09/04/2012
edeneve edeneve
I don't know what goes on in the minds of others.
09/04/2012
skeeterlynn skeeterlynn
Any reason to complain. It's annoying. Just as annoying as me getting called racist just because I'm white and turned down a guy who happened to be black. It's stupid.
09/04/2012
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I mentioned this before in another discussion about the PC thing, but some people have nothing better to do than get butthurt about every little thing. Those folks annoy me. I am not the PC type. Having said that, I do use correct LGBT terms. It's just the respectful thing to do.

Around the holidays, people probably say "Merry Christmas" and such to me at least a dozen times a day. Neither my husband and I are Christian, but we don't get offended. People are just so happy about the holiday that it doesn't occur to them that not all folks have the same beliefs. I accept their good cheer and return it gladly.
09/04/2012
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
There is definitely a reason to be PC to an extent, but in our current society it certainly goes a bit far, and people have gotten way too sensitive. I often hear people getting an earful when they were genuinely misinformed or meant well. And I know a few people who have made absolute fools of themselves trying to ask me questions about my being bisexual or my studying Wicca, and they trip over their words trying to ask questions because they know they have no clue what they're talking about. In my opinion, I shouldn't be offended by whatever they say because they're trying to get more information on a topic they really don't know about. It's not their fault they don't know.

Also, I have no issue being wished a Merry *insert your holiday here* by anyone. People are excited about their own celebrations and wishing me well. They're not trying to convert me to their religion or telling me that mine is wrong. That's another conversation entirely.

Funny story from when I was at work this morning. I had a group of customers come in, and the guy in particular had no verbal filter. For some reason I'm to be interested in jokes about his girlfriend being kinky and such. Doesn't bother me, and the situation was actually kind of funny. At any rate, as they're leaving I tell them to have a great day and he responds "Um yeah, Happy Hanukkah or something..." And then after they were just outside the store I hear this very animated (and loud) discussion:
"Don't say that! What if she's actually Jewish?!?"
"She's Jewish?!? Well, I didn't know that!"
"I don't know if she is, but she might be!"
"Well how am I supposed to know if she is?"

If they'd turned back around, they'd have just seen me laughing, but the girlfriend seemed somewhat freaked out by the boyfriend offending people wherever they go. I take it this is a regular occurrence.
09/04/2012
brevado brevado
I think people overreact to words, which often don't have meaning. In fact... X-mas is actually not a pagan abbreviation, it's a religious reference (if you doubt it, look it up).
09/04/2012
G&L G&L
In schools and the military PC is over bearing.
09/04/2012
Mwar Mwar
Quote:
Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
There is definitely a reason to be PC to an extent, but in our current society it certainly goes a bit far, and people have gotten way too sensitive. I often hear people getting an earful when they were genuinely misinformed or meant well. And I ...
That is quite funny.

When I worked in retail during the holidays, I would wish Jewish people a happy Hanukkah. I would take in the situation, because, honestly, it's easy to see who an orthodox jewish individual is. Being aware of the days, I would wish them it and they would actually be pleased with my thoughtfulness.

I think it boils down to intent and being able to understand social queues. If someone is unsure and questioning, I take it as a compliment they are trying to understand. They probably will fumble, but I say, hey, A for effort!

In fact, now that I think about it, I have friends who have practices/religions/li fe styles I'm unfamiliar with (it doesn't define our relationship, so it doesn't really come up). They know I mean well, so they are my "go-to" when I have questions about their faith/lifestyle. They're great to have
09/04/2012
amazon amazon
PC is getting really old
09/04/2012
LAndJ LAndJ
I think some people are overly sensitive about somethings, but I understand a lot of the political correctness.
09/04/2012
epiphanyjayne epiphanyjayne
some people are too sensitive, but it's nice to have some manners as well.
09/04/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Some people are too sensitive, but there is a middle ground. I think the Christmas thing is silly, because a lot of non-Christians are celebrating it as a family holiday
09/04/2012
damnbul12 damnbul12
I think people are too sensitive
09/04/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
People go into stupid things while not giving a damn about what matters. Friggin sheep.
09/04/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Master DarkWolf
People go into stupid things while not giving a damn about what matters. Friggin sheep.
Yup, typical... ^^
09/04/2012
Ex-prude Ex-prude
Everyone has a stick up their asses about something these days.
09/05/2012
Alyona Alyona
I think people are too sensitive
09/05/2012
GONE! GONE!
The problem is, people are trying to be PC in the wrong ways and getting oversensitive about the wrong things.
09/05/2012
Taylor Taylor
I'm not sure if there is too much PC or not, but personally I think it is better to err on the side of being overly PC than to be insensitive.
09/06/2012
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
I think people are too sensitive.
09/06/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I agree people can be a little too sensitive
09/06/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Yes people are too sensitive. It also depends on the subject.
09/07/2012
married with children married with children
we need to get rid of all the PC crap, it is not doing anyone any good.
09/07/2012
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