Political Correctness Essay

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Political Correctness

Political Correctness
The term "Political Correct" has been in the nation's vocabulary for only a short period
of time but has changed the way that we view life and communicate with one another.
Political correctness, politically correct, and P.C. are terms that refer, to a social
idea that is characterized by efforts to redress, mainly by the use of language, real or
supposed discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, nationality, disability or
any other criteria that could offended a particular group .The main goal behind political
correctness is to prevent the exclusion or the offending of people based upon differences
or handicaps.

In an essay written by Michiko Kakutani entitled The Word Police , she examines the idea
of political correctness and questions society for taking a good idea and making a mockery
of it. Kakutani is quick to point out in her story that know one can argue that the moral
idea's behind being political correct are wrong but that those in potions of authority
have gone completely out of control trying to rewrite the view of the world in a rigid
unyielding style that forces words and phrases into the minds of ever person in America.
Groups like the MLA (Modern Language Association) have taken words that have been used for
centuries and have created new ones overnight that are political correct and non
offensive, the problem is that society is not prepared to be political correct overnight
and who is to judge what should be changed and where the line for all this change should
be drawn.



Kakutani points out many obscured changes that have occurred since the word police have
begun enforcing changes to the terms we use. Phrase such as "charley horse", "lazy Susan",
"bull market" and "Kaiser Roll" have all come under fire because they are now considered
to be politically incorrect. When going to a restaurant you will no longer be using the
term "Waiter" or Waitress" to address the person who serves your food since this is a
complete prejudice attack on that individual, you will need to refer to that person as the
"Waitron" so as not to offend. In fact all references to sexual orientation associated
with any position or station life are to be removed from the words we speak and write, no
longer can we use terms such as "lord" ,"king", "master" or " fellow" to describe a man,
I'm not certain what the new words are to replaces these but I'm sure someone will catch
me saying something like, " my friend is a nice fellow" and quickly set me straight for my
blatant disregard of women and society as a whole. One of the figures that Kakutani points
out in her story is writer by the name of Rosalie Maggio who is a top cop in the world of
the word police, she is not only against words that imply gender she also is against
anything that could imply race as well. Ms. Maggio points to phrases such as " black
ball", black eye and "black mail" and tells society these terms are wrong and are offence
to African American's, she informs us of the new "PC" terms to be "ostracize", "mouse" and
"payola",.

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