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Some Politically Incorrect Sh#t About Political Correctness

I have never been anything close to what you might call politically correct. In fact, I have never really even understood the term very well. So I looked it up:

The avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.

Over the years, political correctness has become a metaphor for describing people with the proverbial pickle up their ass. This has led to all kinds of weird neutering. Like calling crippled people disabled or retarded people mentally challenged. To me, these politically correct terms actually sound elitist and more demeaning than the original stuff.

But the worst part of it all is that it has created a culture where anyone who actually talks in plain English is all too often considered to be culturally insensitive or politically incorrect.

This kind of pisses me off because if you have to beat around the intellectual bush so as not to be even slightly offensive or provocative to explain anything you’re trying to explain or make a point really stick in people’s minds, you run the serious risk of not being understood by the ever-growing plethora of intellectually challenged people out there, and your message, whatever it is, will not be effectively received.

Writers like to be, and sometimes actually have to be, extremely politically incorrect. Because many of them believe that this whole concept has been designed to condition people to restrain their natural tendencies to express themselves honestly and genuinely call a spade a spade, so to speak.

We now live in a world where an ever-increasing number of things are being controlled by standards of morality that are completely antiquated.

I personally believe that if everyone were to start speaking and communicating without the fear of offending someone or something, we would have a much more vibrant world. Conversations would be more interesting because people’s points of view would be that much clearer, and the general tenor of human discourse would be elevated. 
But as it is, all we have right now is a big f##king bowl of oatmeal* with no raisins.

*My apologies to Quaker Oats. It was not my intention to demean your product in any way. I’m sure it’s very fine. My wife eats it a couple of times a week and I have never heard a negative comment from her in that regard.

Jim Murray
Jim Murrayhttps://www.bebee.com/@jim-murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on beBee.com. I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the comment. My wife reads a lot of Victorian novels and biographies and she mentioned to me that she felt that a lot of these authors were finding politically correct ways to say thing because people would have taken so much offense if man of these writers had been really honest and they would have become social outcasts. Back then they called it prudish. I think there’s a lot of that going on now.

  2. I share your position,Jim. We are living in a world where great quantities of people are too lazy to actually think about something or someone, and instead default to the simple and easy effort of being offended, labeling people, and calling names. “I’m offended by that word and it shows that you’re a racist!” That’s a simple, easy and stupid approach.

    I am, however, puzzled by your quote, stuck in the middle of your piece — “We are now living in a world where an ever-increasing number of things are being controlled by standards of morality that are completely antiquated.” I am not sure I can connect that thought to the rest of your piece. And, I’m not sure I understand what you are saying. So, standards of morality should shift with the popular culture?

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