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Political Correctness

Does Political Correctness Work?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 07.18.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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.

My Conversation with Mel Brooks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In a highly successful career of acting, directing and producing, Mel Brooks is part of an elite group of those who have earned a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.

All College Commencement Speakers to Be Replaced by Unfinished Wooden Blocks

Spencer Green | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"We don't want to take the chance of upsetting the delicate sensibilities of any students, faculty members, or future automatons," says Horace P. Ollhurst, President of Wossamatta University.

Courtesy Is Not Political Correctness

James Peron | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Manners are not political correctness. Trying to assure that those around you are comfortable is not political correctness. It is a value the Right lost with the rise of the likes of Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly.

A Cease and Desist Letter to the Easter Bunny

Abby Heugel | Posted 06.11.2014 | Comedy
Abby Heugel

It has been brought to our collective attention as an overly politically correct society on a mission to banish all fun that your existence is causing some, shall we say, "issues" I would like to address. First of all, let's talk about this egg situation.

Business Etiquette - Or Just Basic Training?

Debra Fine | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Attention! There is some big news coming out of Colorado Springs. In order to graduate from the Air Force Academy, cadets will have to pass inspection in decorum. Yes, you read that right.

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

Happy Holidays -- Which Ones?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!

We're Here, We're... Look, We're Just Here, All Right?

Rye Silverman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rye Silverman

Hey, Christian, heterosexual, cisgender, white men who are freaking out because there's a bunch more people who aren't like you in media! Your fear is that you will wake up one day and flip on the TV and not see anyone you can relate to? Well, that's what life is like for the rest of us right now.

Don We Never Our Hideous Apparel

Greg Schwem | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

So, Hallmark: How about an ornament pleading with customers not to give holiday-themed clothing as gifts and to avoid trotting out the ones they already possess?

American-American, but Only in America

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

Recently, I was having a discussion with my soon-to-be wife. We were discussing the way that everyone in the U.S. today seems to qualify his or her "A...

Political Correctness Takes a Toddler Victim

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Jonathan Wolfman

The dimpled miscreant was suspended from day care when, asked to sing a song for the class, the child violated a dearly-held nursery-school standard by mumbling a song, sing-songily, perhaps the only song he knows by heart, the official song of his family's favorite football squad, their (and my own) Philadelphia Eagles.

Political Correctness as Taught by Abraham Lincoln

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

If there is any doubt that the constant diatribe of political correctness is exacting a price, just look at our position in the world. Our stature has deteriorated more in the last several years than it has in all of our history. That is because we have lost sight of who we are. Our hesitance to stand up to the truths we hold dear is turning our spines to jelly.

Conservatives Mock Eve Ensler on Right-wing Talk Radio

Jackson Katz | Posted 09.09.2013 | Media
Jackson Katz

The right has the right to satirize its adversaries. But on the day these two men were claiming to celebrate American democracy, they made a point of dismissing and ridiculing one of the leading voices for women's advancement, which, it must be noted, is fundamental to the advancement of democracy.

Sexual Harassment and Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
David Moshman

The topic of sexuality is subject to the same principles of academic freedom as any other topic. Sexual harassment is wrong because it is harassment, not because it is sexual.

Excuses for My Grandchildren

Steven Clifford | Posted 07.15.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

I have two grandchildren and a third on the way. My granddaughter Katherine calls me Dolfo. My wife chose Mimi as her name for grandchildren. I decided if she was Mimi, as an opera lover I would be Rudolpho.

Political Correctness, or Equality, for Heather and Her Two Mommies?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Susan Ochshorn

Equality embodies our humanity, and our progress as a nation. But for those who prefer their rationale more hard-nosed: Human capital -- our children -- is the engine of our economy. And they need support from consistent, loving, healthy adults, no matter their sexual orientation.

The Problem With Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

If we can't talk about differences that puzzle us, or things we're curious about, without fear of giving offense, then how can we ever overcome our ignorance about cultures and races -- or even the opposite sex?

Unlearning Liberty: Hazelwood at 25

David Moshman | Posted 03.08.2013 | College
David Moshman

After 1988, as I anticipated, the news just kept getting worse. Although Hazelwood involved censorship of high school student journalists, the decision has been applied to a broad range of curricular contexts, to teachers as well as students, and to higher education.

The Pro-Gun Lobby and Political Correctness

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

30,000 Americans die by guns each year. Of course, people die in other ways, too. But that's no reason not to focus on one particularly significant source of preventable death in America.