posted on Jan, 27 2016 @ 10:02 AM
Political correctness (PC) - 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.
Etiquette (/ˈɛtᵻkɛt/ or /ˈɛtᵻkɪt/, French: [e.ti.kɛt]) is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to
contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.
I'm not really quite sure where to start with this and I thought about maybe posting it in political madness but decided here was more appropriate.
Political correctness is something we or most have all come to know more and more these days while etiquette seems to be something that so many have
forgotten or abandoned. As a member of a fringe minority demographic I often find myself and members of my little group often defended or defending
ourselves using political correctness while lambasted by those who disregard any sense of courtesy or etiquette all while claiming PC is ruining this
All that being said I would like to say that I am no fan of PC myself and think that there are clear differences between PC and proper etiquette (PE)
with one being what should be the standard and the other a kind of fad used by a very liberal, progressive and aggressive type that seek to silence
or shame anyone who does not agree with them. While PE has always been around which varies regionally, adapts and changes with society as a whole as
To me it seems as if the key difference is that PC implies that you have to think a certain way and you are wrong if you don't because "we" say you
are whereas PE is really more of an expectation of a decent and civilized behavior as held by the standards of a given society within common shared
space. You see with PC people feel attacked and when attacked people lash out in defense of what they believe in, which I think just divides the gap
even more with so many people on opposing sides of issues. With PC you feel forced to think or act a certain way but with PE you act in accordance
with what is expected of you because you want to because it is the right thing to do as a member of your society or community for that matter.
Basically it boils down to being allowed to feel however you want about any particular issue with your right to express that opinion legally
protected. That being said one should understand that it is in all of our best interest to put our best foot forward in the name of civility and
basic courtesy PE. For example If I invite you to my home for a get together and you arrive and realize that you do not like a few of my guests and
decide to be rude or vocal about it I am going to ask you to leave in the name of PE because anyone under my roof has my guarantee of a warm and
welcoming environment free of fear from harassment or ignorance. Another more common example if out shopping and we pass one another and you do not
agree with my right to exist and you verbally express that then I too will express that I think you are rude and carry on about my business. I will
not sit there and argue with you about right or wrong or try to beat my opinion into you. No, I am more than happy to let you have your opinion and
distance myself away from you and your views.
In short if you want to be an A-hole then go right on ahead and be an A-hole just don't cry about it when people call you out on being an A-hole.
Don't whine and say "I'm tired of this political correctness ruing this country yada yada yada" instead understand that you may have expressed
the wrong opinion in the wrong setting and have offended people. As for people that are so easily offended and seek to reform and convert all people
of this green earth into thinking like you then please stop for all of us your just making the jerks want to fight and argue more. Just let them be
jerks in peace and quite. I will throw an example of my non PC conformity with this as an example - gay pride parades please police your own and
tell the guys that are dressed in thongs gyrating on one another in that one little section of the parade to stop. Its in bad taste for any two
people of any gender, orientation or whatever to behave and dress like that publicly whether you have the right to or not. To be fair to all the
media does have a tendency to focus on and exploit the more extreme aspects of any given issue or demographic to both make money and do thy masters
bidding in swaying public opinion.