Biggles20
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Political Correctness

Wed Jun 09, 2004 9:50 am

Hello All,

I recently went down to visit a friend in Nottingham and had some good old conversations that weren't regulated by Political Correctness, etc. Having both been to public school for 5 years, what we often put up with on a day-to-day basis or observed much of the time would send the average member of the public into a frenzy and perhaps and mass of sueing.
I never used to realise just how politically correct everyone has become (or were most people always like this)?
For example, currently when discussing things with my second-year University mates who have all had a vaariety of different backgrounds, I sometimes find myself in murky waters because I hav mentioned something that doesn't fall into their category of acceptance, such as a racist joke (light hearted) or a comment about bullying, etc. I just find it odd and almost pathetic that people's integrities are damaged when one mentions the smallest thing that isn't politically Correct, whether it be a joke, taking-the-piss, or discussing something.

I know this post isn't very clear to understand as its late and i'm knackered, but I felt I had to get this off my chest, so to speak. When talking of experiences at my boarding school such as "fagging" (i.e. older people making younger people do the menial tasks and effectively treat them as slaves) people are shocked and say they would have sued the school or taken people to court. Where as people who had been to my school would most likely have just put on a stiff upper lip and got on with the job - after all it was still approved by the teachers and staff as well! I just think the majority of people I meet are ruled too much by trying to conform to being PC all the time and have no integrity or flexibility.

Don't get me wrong, if you are one of these people who are typically PC, its just the way you were brought up and you probably think I a racist, sexist, chauvinist and stupid little man, even though I assure you I am not! I just think people need to lighten up a bit and get off their high horses and stop being so afraid about offending people with normal comments.

I realise this may be all very confusing, and I will probably do another post later on rephrasing what I mean with better use of grammer and clarity of explanation but I'm tired. Anyway, cheerio and good night all!

biggles
 
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RE: Political Correctness

Wed Jun 09, 2004 9:56 am

Many people are way too sensitive and cannot learn to ignore things. It's one thing if someone is a victim of constant racist, sexist, or religious remarks, but the politically correct movement has sucked the life out of life in many situations, internet forums included. Sometimes a politically incorrect word can do in one syllable what a PC word takes several words to do.

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RE: Political Correctness

Wed Jun 09, 2004 9:59 am

NY State has a problem with that too. It seems that any real literature is too racy for them, so they changed the work of living authors without their consent to print on the New York State High School English Exam. The authors were not amused.
 
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:00 am

PC is itself an abused term, used far too liberally to push an agenda.
I prefer to call it common sense, or common decency, but I also like poor taste humour, the sicker the better, anything but bland 'Friends' style crap.
Now PC is just a lazy term used by the curtain twitching, NIMBY, xenophobic paranoids, who believe what they read in the Daily Mail. Or who take the slightest notice of what Richard Littlejohn says.
Put it this way, I'm willing to bet the one party who moan the most about 'PC' real or imagined, are the BNP.



 
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:07 am

New Jersey just outlawed "Womens Night" (women drink for free) for NJ nightclubs.

The male litigator felt he was being discriminated against by having to pay for his drinks, and shockingly won.

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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:53 am

The male litigator in question WAS being discriminated against, on the grounds of his gender. Whether this was grounds for a lawsuit, is another story, on the basis that it is completely trivial and who cares...
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:01 am

But the nightclub owners bring a good point. That could in effect make senior citizen discounts unconstitutional. Or kids pay half price illegal, etc.

This guy was a jerk, but the judge who made this ruling should be disbarred.
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:07 am

But you could argue that, if women-drink-free nights are OK, then whites-drink-free nights are also OK. You can't have it both ways, regardless of how completely harmless one is, and how completely unacceptible the other is. To paraphrase someone's signature line - "Civil Rights - Not Just A Good Idea - Its The Law".
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:12 am

"Whites drink free" would violate many federal civil rights laws I'm sure. This is a promotional gimmick to entice women to the bars. A promotional gimmick.

Going down this path is a slippery slope.
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:14 am

I agree, this is a lawsuit too far, for such a trivial thing - but how does one put a boundary on it in the law ? Discrimination based on race is not OK, but a little gender-based discrimination is OK, as long as its done in fun ? Its tough to call.
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:31 am

There is always someone who will ignore common sense (as it is not very common) and will seek to pursue legal options when they feel slighted. There are a goodly number of people who feel slighted at the slightest things. There will always be a few who seek to profit from perceived slights, in a not so slight fashion.

Hey, did you hear the one about why blondes have a hard time with frozen orange juice?
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RE: Political Correctness

Thu Jun 10, 2004 3:36 am

Hmmm, political correctness.

The Brits here can probably remember the heights of insanity that one Ken Livingston introduced at County Hall when he ran the GLC (Greater London Council).

I remember a couple from the staff restaurant:
black coffee - coffee without milk
brown sauce - dark ketchup (or something similar)

Just crazy  Nuts
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