Sugar, Spice, and Political Correctness

“The problem is that it has become politically awkward to draw attention to absolutes of bad and good. In place of manners, we now have doctrines of political correctness, against which one offends at one’s peril: by means of a considerable circular logic, such offences mark you as reactionary and therefore a bad person. Therefore if you say people are bad, you are bad.”

– Lynne Truss

Nowadays, it seems like everything a person says can be considered as something offensive. So much so that he or she has to result in either not saying anything at all or to deal with the hate comments that may have nothing to do with the actual argument. Contents or the quality of an argument doesn’t seem to matter as much as just being politically correct. As long as a person’s wording of his or her view pleases the audience, he or she is automatically right. The hardest thing about being a blogger is the fact that the audience will pick at every little detail. Then this happens:

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(Watch the video for more details.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGwermHQwkU

This is a classic example a blogger having to add unnecessary excuses to satisfy his audience. He was not bashing female gamers in anyway, yet he anticipated the hate comments from the start. However, instead of changing his argument, he figured out a funny way to express it instead. He didn’t let being politically correct changed his point of view or the way he made the video. This is something I can really appreciate about his blogs.

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3 thoughts on “Sugar, Spice, and Political Correctness

  1. Soap Box Musings says:

    I agree: I like how he addressed the anticipated backlash from the start, but then carried on, continuing to express his argument unchanged.

    I definitely see what you mean about the negative side of striving to always be politically correct. I know, in my own life, that I am constantly trying to think of the right way of putting things, or referring to certain racial groups, in a way that won’t offend anyone. By having this fear and changing our actions because of it, however, we become somewhat inauthentic.

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  2. mkwjustdance says:

    I definitely agree that this guy was intelligent about inserting the comments regarding gender equality, especially in a humorous way, so that the subject was kept light-hearted. The fact that he anticipated the “hate comments” and addressed them in the video, I think helped in decreasing those type of comments, as opposed to if he hadn’t said anything about it at all. It’s also very true that there will always be those people who want to find something to rant about. While I appreciate his efforts to include everyone, I noticed that there were still comments by girl gamers complaining about other guy gamers not treating them equally. This goes back to your point that the quality of the argument doesn’t really matter; because he mentioned it in the first place, people are still going to gripe about it because they feel like they are entitled to. So I think those comments are unnecessary in this case because essentially, they do not pertain to the points he makes in the video. Just because some people don’t regard women equally, doesn’t mean one should comment about it on a video that sticks up for women (in a sense..). But hey, the guy tried! It just goes to show that you definitely can’t please everyone.

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