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Political Correctness

Life's a Bitch for Straight White Folks

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Reading the news these days might lead one to believe that white folks, particularly straight male white folks, are a beleaguered minority in America. It reminds me of a Martin Mull "middle class blues" parody years ago, where Mull sang with faux anguish about his martini being too warm. Pity us poor people of privilege.

Bill Maher Slams Liberals For Slamming Liberals

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 03.29.2015 | Comedy

"Don't throw the synthetic baby out with the bathwater," Bill Maher said Friday. During his "New Rules" segment on "Real Time with Bill Maher," the...

A Pet Peeve Against 'Pet Parenting' -- Time to Push Back Against Equating Animals With Children

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steven Kurlander

Enough is enough already. We need to get our heads back on straight when it comes to loving our pets and defining our relationships with them. Considering ourselves "pet owners" and not "pet parents" is a good start.

Is There an Alternative to Political Correctness in the Workplace?

Bill Donius | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Bill Donius

The political correctness practiced at work and in public is deceptive. It makes it easier to lie to yourself as to why you are not making meaningful progress in your personal life, relationships, approach to health and fitness and other commitments.

Trigger Warning: I Am About to Critique Trigger Warnings

Gad Saad | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Gad Saad

There are justifiable case-by-case situations wherein an educator might exhibit targeted sensitivity to a student's unique circumstances. This is humane and laudable. In most instances though, trigger warnings are not a manifestation of justified empathy but are symptomatic of an ailing culture.

'Charlie Hebdo' and Our American Churches

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Let's not mix religion and politics. We need gifted leadership in both government and religion. I strongly recommend that the individual members of our Mainline Protestant churches dedicate themselves to becoming the talented and ethical political leaders our country and the world so badly need.

Jonathan Chait Responds To Gawker's Spa Offer

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Jonathan Chait became enemy No. 1 of many on the internet Tuesday after New York magazine published his political-correctness opus, titled "Not A Very...

VALENTI: Chait Has Double Standard About Free Speech

The Guardian | Jessica Valenti | Posted 01.28.2015 | Media

When a writer like New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait feels it necessary to whine in print about his and other (mostly well-remunerated) writers’ ...

Most Disconcerting of 2014: Minimum Wage Increases Pass in States Electing Republicans?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Democratic messaging is getting some post-election attention, but not the right kind of attention. For messaging isn't just tweaking style. If the Democrats are going to be successful, they need to reconsider their substance.

Dear White People

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.28.2015 | Black Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.

Military BRATS = Bright. Resilient. Active. Talented. Successful.

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

I may not have been able to speak up when I was a child and people tried to change my name, but I'm not a little girl anymore. I can speak up now. I am not anybody's "little CHAMP." I am a military BRAT... and proud of it.

Alien Message From Space: We Want Dr. Matt Taylor's Bowling Shirt!

Spencer Green | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a remarkable development, scientists have received a message from deep space in which aliens want to know how and where they can get the bowling shirt of hot, scantily-clad women worn by Rosetta physicist Matt Taylor.

Take Viagra If You Can Afford It: The Necessary Comedy of Lewis Black

Carol Smaldino | Posted 01.12.2015 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

Comedy, humor in general, can be a way of turning things upside down, shifting our angle of vision away from distraction. And it says things out loud that many of us are either already thinking or have bubbling close to consciousness.

Sarah Silverman and the Art of Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Social progress, with a concomitant increase in visibility, brings the need for that community to adapt in order to make further progress. A recent case in point is the politically correct backlash from some in the trans community directed toward Sarah Silverman and the equal-pay video from the National Women's Law Center last week.

The Geopolitics of Oil Promotes Islamic Fundamentalism. Ben Affleck's Political Correctness Doesn't. Tell Sam Harris.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It feels good for many people to look at Islam without looking at the bigger picture of geopolitics and foreign policy, but doing so allows us to repeat the same mistakes, while focusing intently on only part of the problem.

Taboo Nation: Bill Maher, Islam and the Censorship of Ideas

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

While Maher's points were vastly generalized and his analysis incomplete, there was still some validity to them. In modern America, we are so wed to the ideas of fairness and sensitivity that we can sometimes become blind to the obvious.

Freedom of Religion Does Not Mean Absence of Religion

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

While the NFL has had its share of trouble this season, the height of absurdity was reached recently. Monday night, Husain Abdullah, scored a touchd...

Sanitizing History in the Name of Patriotism

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

Conservative politicians across the country have spent much of the past few years attempting to remake public education in their image. This idea of presenting the U.S. as infallible has long been a conservative talking point but the reality is that patriotism is just conservative code for political correctness.

Should Hugging be Part of Your Corporate Culture?

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

It seems to be a correlation between hugs and a successful career, a correlation that for many people is obvious. We know that hugs increase oxytocin, lower blood pressure, and decrease cortisol.

Does Political Correctness Work?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 10.06.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

While our lexicons are being updated to reflect a changing understanding of prejudice, it's hard to imagine that some of us aren't losing our relation to the real-life problems that our language is trying to solve.

Bill Maher Has Had Enough Of Internet Political Correctness

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Comedy

Bill Maher is taking the rest of August off, but he left all of us here on the internet with something to think about in his absence: "Do you think so...

Why DC Comics Should Replace Wonder Woman With a Man

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.17.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

Yes. Wonder Woman -- a fantastic character that stands in her own right as a member of the DC pantheon of Gods and on par with Superman and Batman. That to me is giving respect to minorities, not what Marvel Comics is doing.

Gary Oldman Sitting on the Side of the Road

David S. Simon | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
David S. Simon

As an NJA: Neurotic Jewish American I have to say that I actually agree with Gary Oldman. All he was saying is that we're all hypocrites in this "oh so" PC world of ours.

Gary Oldman Doesn't Get Free Speech

James Peron | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Just because there are negative consequences to saying offensive, stupid or bigoted things, it doesn't mean First Amendment rights are under threat. It just means you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Fighting Islamophobia With 'Political Correctness'

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

It takes courage to tell truths about our Muslim neighbors and to stand in solidarity with them when they are unjustly singled out for hostility and discrimination. It takes courage to be "politically correct." And thanks to Saba Ahmed, we have a clear example of what this courage looks like in action.