Political correctness is simply a clever despotic tool. I grew up with my parents teaching me, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”
Political correctness and despotism are roommates.
[Source: Suggestions For Liberals in 2017, by Susan Stamper Brown]
[From the Stamper Brown article] Understand that political correctness and despotism go hand-in-hand. The First Amendment makes America a politically-incorrect zone, so deal with it. That means everyone gets to voice their opinion, not just those with whom you happen to agree. Political correctness is just another word for control. As Voltaire said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Hale-and-hearty debate helps make America great, so try joining the conversation. After all, a conversation only works if it’s more than just you-sided.
When one sees a university publication such as the infamous “Bias Free Language Guide” (subsequently removed after the brouhaha) we realize that we are peering over the edge of a precipice. When the group that publishes this tripe has the title University of New Hampshire’s Office of Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence Initiatives we are already in trouble. Any “Bias-Free” guide has biases of its own. When the term “American” is judged to be offensive to Americans, we have just plummeted over the edge of the precipice.
And, by the by, I am a pro-gay rights Republican, including gay marriage. But if one must remove one’s penis from one’s underwear to urinate, please use the restroom labeled “men.” It’s not meant to be an insult. You can soldier through it.