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Fun:More insidious examples of political correctness
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- The ridiculous use of "gender-neutral" pronouns like "sie", "zir", or whatever. (Though if we get high enough levels of endocrine-disrupting environmental toxins, we might see a need to revisit this one.)
- Inability to make up your mind about just one name to use, and therefore using both because you are a sensitive wimp who doesn't want to offend anyone. "Kosovo/a", "He/she", "Latino/a", "Dear Sir/Ma'am". (But not "Zimbabwe-Rhodesia" - that one's not PC. You get the difference?) Also, the inability to decide whether to call it F.Y.R.O.M. or Macedonia (who cares since it's not in the United States anyway?)
- Worse, always putting the more "oppressed" one first: "Sisters and brothers" instead of "brothers and sisters", "She/he" instead of "He/she". (But not "ladies and gentlemen" - that one's not PC. You get the difference?)
- Ridiculous mis-spellings. "Womyn", "Wimmin", "Femal", "The/rapist", "Xianity" or "Xtianity", etc.
- News interviewers in the field in third world countries interviewing "poor wimmin of colour" and translating her annoying stacatto voice on the air, instead of interviewing an English-speaking white male expert on the subject
- Using the Metric System instead of the more complicated U.S./U.K. system of measurements
- How the F-word one can prefer Imperial measurements system instead of metric, since the former one has units pulled out of someone's ass which don't make any sense, are unintuitive and illogical, unlike metric system, which is elegant, intuitive, easy to learn and count in as well? And can be easily written in exponential notation? Whoever wrote the previous statement is definitely intellectually challenged.
- Calling it "SI" which I think is some French thing, instead of the Metric System
- Using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) unless one is actually in England
- Calling it "UTC" (Universales Temps Coordinaire or some such French abomination) instead of GMT
- Pronouncing them "Ih-Rahk" and "Ih-Rahn" instead of the correct American English pronunciations, "Eye-Rack" and "Eye-Ran".
- Making a fetish of pronouncing the names of South and Central American countries in Spanish even when one is speaking English: calling Nicaragua "Nee-ka-ha-gua" and Chile "Chee-le" are the most grating and obnoxious examples. ("How do these people say 'France?'" - P.J. O'Rourke.)
- "All Things Considered" devoting 80-90% of their airtime to news items from Pakistan, Iraq, Venezuela, Somalia, Sudan, China, Kosovo, ad nauseum. Yawn, who cares? They give precious little coverage to news from within the United States.
- "Pok-e-stahn" instead of "Pack-i-stan".
- "Tolly-bahn" instead if "Tal-ih-ban".
- Having an American Sign Language interpreter present at every public event
- Special parking spaces, ramps, and automatic doors for the crippled, infirm, and lame
- Calling them "differently-abled" or "physically challenged" instead of crippled, infirm, lame, or genetically-lacking
- Refusing to use words like "stupid", "lame" or "crazy" because these may be offensive to the disabled.
- "Diversity"-this and "diversity"-that
- "Global"-this and "global"-that
- BCE and CE instead of B.C. and A.D which imply that Jesus was Christ and Lord.
- Saying "Happy Holidays" and "Seasons Greetings" instead of "Merry Christmas", calling it "Winter break" instead of "Christmas break", a "Holiday party" instead of a "Christmas party", etc. Dammit, the Baby Jesus is really pissed off about this one.
- Saying "sexual orientation" instead of "sexual preference"
- Saying that there is such a thing as a "sexual orientation"
- Any use of "queer" in a positive context
- The following terms: hegemonic, performativity, discursive practice, and queer (as a verb).
- "Mt. Denali" instead of Mt. McKinley, if you live in Ohio
- "Mt. McKinley" instead of Mt. Denali, if you live in Alaska
- "Companion animal" instead of pet
- "Homeless" instead of bums and tramps
- Instead of "homeless": "houseless", "living outdoors", "camping".*
- "Holocaust denial" instead of "Holocaust revisionism"
- Capitalizing the H in holocaust
- Calling it the Shoah instead of the Holocaust
- "People of color" instead of colored people. This is supposed to emphasize that they are primarily people instead of primarily colored, by putting "people" first. Ridiculous!
- Allowing Spanish language media to be granted broadcast licenses in this country when they obviously serve no public good. WTF do we even have an FCC for if they are going to allow that?
- Advertisements always depicting a minority woman, if only one person is shown. Look at any cell phone ad and say it ain't so. If more than one person is shown, the token male is always a minority and the token white is always female.
- Plastering your late model riceburner with bumper stickers like "C03x1$7", "FIGHT RACISM", "My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma", "Free Tibet!", "Just Say No To Sex With Pro-Lifers", Darwin fish, or anything in any way referencing Bob Marley
- "Andre the Giant Has A Posse" and "OBEY", whatever that incoherent drivel is supposed to mean
- Any use, in any context, of images by Keith Haring. I don't exactly know why but they absolutely reek of P.C.
- Drinking organic-grape-chocolate-oatmeal ale instead of cheap swill
- "(fill in the blank) is a social construct"
- "The bad old days". A PC oxymoron!
- Applying the social standards of today to the past and therefore arguing that, for example, older editions of the Encyclopedia Brittanica were marred by racism and sexism.
- The belief that racism is "system" of "oppression" based on institutionalized white supremacy, instead of it being prejudices held by individuals.
- The shift from using "prejudice" to the term "racism" as the canonical term, which is a subtle and insidious way of promoting the above belief. Don't think we haven't noticed. When's the last time you heard "prejudice" used in the media or academia? The 1970s?
- Related to both of the above, the belief that only whites can be "racist". Nobody else can be since "racism" is by definition the institutionalized system of white supremacy.
- Any use of "white supremacy" to refer to society as a whole, especially America in the past, rather than limiting its use to groups like the Aryan Nations and Klan.
- Changing the names of major world cities overnight just because some PC globalist group says to. The city is called Peking, dammit, not Beijing.
- "Rainforest" instead of jungle
- Calling men "people with penis", This one takes the cake.
- Likewise, calling women "people lacking in penis."
- Metabolically inconvenienced rather than dead.
- Children's records that teach that it is okay for boys to cry and play with dolls. You know the one I'm talking about.
- People thinking Jack Chick tracts are funny, over the top, and hip in an ironic way, instead of taking their message deadly seriously and immediately falling on their knees to repent before the LORD
- Pretending that you care about swarthy people or furrigners
- "Mouse" instead of "[rat]"
- Pronouncing it the "App-a-LAY-shun" Trail south of the Mason-Dixon Line, instead of the "App-a-LATCH-an" Trail. What are you, some kind of effete New York Times reading, latte drinking, National Public Radio listening Ivy Leaguer?
- Pronouncing it the "App-a-LATCH-an" Trail north of the Mason-Dixon Line, instead of the "App-a-LAY-shun" Trail. What are you, some kind of Communist folk-music-and-arts-and-crafts type trying to show solidarity with oppressed and exploited coal miners?
- Threatening to shove an obnoxious door-to-door salesperson down a personhole, instead of shoving an obnoxious door-to-door salesman down a manhole.
- Watching a zombie or vampire movie and cringing when the monsters involved are called undead instead of "differently alive."
- Being removed from a funeral for arguing that real Christians wouldn't be upset, since they'd know that the dearly departed is having a great time choosing drapes for their mansion in happy la-la land in the sky.
- "Half-dozen" instead of "six".
- Protesting on a Wikipedia page that the commonly-seen American menu item "...served with Au Jus is not bloody well wrong because "it's very common for borrowed words to change their meaning." Actually, IT'S BLOODY WRONG, and pronouncing it like "Aw Jew" is ALSO BLOODY WRONG. Got that?
- Protesting on a Wikipedia page that the ridiculous American pronunciation of the word Lingerie is not wrong when it BLOODY WELL IS, OBV. There is no way that the syllable LIN can reasonably be pronounced LON, and no way the digraph IE can be rendered as AY. Got that?