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Political Correctness

What's so wrong with "Mademoiselle"

Mona Elyafi | Posted 03.24.2012 | Women
Mona Elyafi

Turning "Madame" into the universal title for women creates, in my opinion, a form of reverse discrimination.

Teacher Fired for "Joking": That's No Joke

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

We should all be politically correct if it means using language that is inoffensive and treating each other with empathy. Just because one has the Constitutional right to be offensive, one needn't exercise that right.

Reality Check Your Own Privilege

Bianca James | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago
Bianca James

Extreme political correctness can feel like moral panic. We rally against policy brutality and totalitarian brainwashing, then find ways to perpetuate it in our own communities.

There's A Problem With The Help

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Like many others who thought they liked The Help only to be vaguely (or not so vaguely) troubled soon after, I've been worrying about this film in my mind ever since I saw it a few weeks ago.

The Character Of Cornel West

Jeffrey Stout | Posted 07.30.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Stout

Let's be honest here. No one in my generation has more fully embodied the vocation of speaking truth to power, within the elite universities or without, than West.

America's Growing Intolerance: How 'Enemy Creep' Is Guantanamo-izing America

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

Just in case you thought political correctness had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it's back -- and this time it's being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism and getting pummeled all over again.

The Ten Politically Correct Commandments

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Gerdy

I've tried to make something that could hang in our schools and government buildings without creating mass hysteria.

War, Conscience And Killing With 'Absolute Certainty'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Absolute certainty can lead to behaviors that are absolutely wrong. Prior to his conversion the apostle Paul was absolutely certain he was right to persecute Christians.

'Politically Correct' -- The Lazy Bully's Label of Choice

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

Theoretically, any idea or practice that's widely accepted, but which one would like to call into question, could be described as politically correct (PC).

A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mikhail Lyubansky

While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.

Huck and Finn Rewrite

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Can Writing Be Taught?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Behind McGurl's fancy charts and diagrams is the simplistic idea that because the program era exists, it does so because it serves a useful function.

Christmas Tree or No Christmas Tree

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendy N. Powell

Should businesses decorate for Christmas? The questions about holiday decorations come with Santa-sized baggage, and these symbols of the holiday season can be a challenge.

Juan Williams Should Have Been Given a Choice -- NPR or Fox

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Green

The result was right though the process wasn't. Since you can't ride two horses in different directions, Williams should have been given a choice -- be a civil, thoughtful analyst on NPR or a demagogic winger on Fox.

Satirizing India in the Age of Globalization

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This remarkable debut novel is one of the very best novels ever to come out of South Asia, and points to a new direction after the earlier wave of writing by Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, and Vikram Seth.

Sticks and Stones

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

Perhaps the N-word Dr. Laura might now wish to address is "Narcissism."

Maj. Nidal Hasan and the "Desperation Explanation"

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Robinson

Mainstream media has helped to cloud perceptions of the true causes of suicide terrorism. They've reinforced the perception that suicide bombing and other forms of terrorism are in some sense arguably justifiable.

Why Is Pro-Black Being Attacked? The Unintended Consequence of Political Correctness

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

Although words have power, they are only as powerful as the truth which they broadcast. And politically correct words are frauds, mere counterfeits masquerading as true voice.

Gaffemaster Steele's Greatest Gaffe (So Far)

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Langevine Leiby

William Kristol has finally said what we've all been thinking but were either too indulgent or PC to say: Michael Steele must go.

Doing Away with the Right to Be Different: The Assault on Religious Freedom

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

While the cultural landscape has changed greatly since the founding of the country, one thing must not: America should still stand for freedom and pluralism. What this demands is an equal voice for all viewpoints.

Louis C.K.'s "Louie" Succeeds When It's Political

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrea Chalupa

The show relies on gag-riddled skits to show the awkwardness and abuse that comes with making this major life transition, but only succeeds when Louis C.K. goes Norman Lear on us.

Political Correctness Run Amok: NAACP Plays the (Hallmark) Race Card

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Langevine Leiby

The NAACP is officially irrelevant. That became crystal clear when the 100-year-old civil rights organization put its credibility in jeopardy in a campaign against... a Hallmark card.

Don't Speak: Helen Thomas and the Culture of Blame

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is wrong to shame Helen Thomas, who, throughout her life has been one of the only people to dare to offend those who needed it.

The Miss USA Pageant And The Politics Of Beauty

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Disgrasian

One of the most awesomely fake controversies of the year has got to be the decrying of newly-crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih--the first Muslim-American an...

Sex, Fruit Bats, and Politically Correct Zoology at an Irish College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Author's Note: This case has set off quite an international debate, both for and against Dr. Evans. As I linked to below in the updates, you can check...