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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Cakes and Their Icing

 

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”

                                                                                                              –Gore Vidal

The Merriam Webster’s definition, of politically correct, is “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people”. Nowadays, it seems like most people forget that being politically correct is not the same as being actually correct. Many people use the power of being politically correct to get their way either politically or socially. I could say, “Be proud to be a curvy woman. You are perfect the way you are and you don’t have to change anything about yourself. Don’t let people tell you how to eat and what to be because you know what’s good for you. You are the only one that can make yourself happy. Don’t let the haters change who you are.” While that sounds so motivational and sweet to the ear, it’s a terrible argument. For example, excessively digesting high fructose corn syrup, the component in most sodas, sweets, and even dressing can cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, amputation of limbs, diabetic coma, and ultimately death. However, by making the language sound like it’s supporting a good cause, people… “will solemnly vote against their own interests.”

Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that there’s beauty in every body shape and we should not bash a specific body shape, and different bodies metabolize food at different rates. However, eating right is a healthier decision. I don’t mean we should all go on a diet and starve either. I am just saying that we should pay attention to the content of what we eat and eat what would compliment our health. I am also not saying that you should stop drinking sodas, and eating sweets completely, but at least choose the brand that doesn’t use or uses less high fructose corn syrup. If you can tell someone to stop smoking because it’s directly affecting his or her health, then you can tell someone to stop eating a certain type of food because it’s not good for them.

Do you see what I did there? Instead of voicing my opinion straight on, I had to take a huge detour and explain myself and my view. My initial argument was about the effect of being political correct, but most of my blog is about me explaining myself. This is what is wrong with America these days. Everything a person says has to be politically correct. Even when voicing an opinion, we can’t show opposition to any party.

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/political-correctness