I think it started in the classrooms where well intentioned teachers wanted all of the children to feel that they were special and not to offend anyone or be offended. Unfortunately it has gotten in our heads that just being alive is offensive to some people and they don't care what you think of them and vice versa.
Oh by the way I was a janitor in a bakery in the '70's and my boss wanted us to refer to each other as "enviornmental engineers" LOL We all had a laugh at that one LOL
Yeah, and it's not so much that we want to be PC so as to not offend others, but people acutally get mad when you use one of the 'old' terms that you have been using for 20 years Ex: excuse me for not getting the MEMO that I am NOW suppose to call Secretaries Administrative Assistants......
That's a bit excessive IMO. I was being sent to talk to someone in a store once, they all had uniforms on, two women were working and I was supposed to ask one of them for certain info. The woman sending me said: "She's the one that's a little taller, well, her hair's a little darker. Okay, see the one who just bent dow...wait, now she's the one on the right..." I quickly got fed up with that idiocy and asked, "Good grief, the white woman or the black one?" How is it offensive to have eyes? Why is it offensive to be of a race and someone can see?
"Fat" I wouldn't say to someone or about them since it's likely something they'd prefer to change.
Well when I worked in corporate we were shunned for saying either Blk or Wht we had to say African American or Caucasian....HR would be notified, it was out of control. I think it's all too complicated, My grandmothers always sasid "It's not what someone calls you, it's what you answer to that matters"
Yeah, but I had the last laugh. When I went to HR, I ended up giving my notice. Six months later, all but one of those eight were let go and I was reoffered my previous job. Karma's a bee-otch, ain't it?!
I think you are on to something:) Seems everything is more complicated due to hypersensitivity with verbage. Then again it is a bit more than that when boys are fighting for rights to be in the girls scouts etc. JMHO
whether you're on the left or right, You'd have to be an a complete moron to not see how ridiculous it is.
Actually I guess it's not entirely lawmakers' faults. People are waaayyyy too sensitive too. If you don't like it when someone says "Merry Christmas" then don't listen or don't be around them. You always have a choice.
Also, it's so inconsistent. I'll be honest and say that I make a lot of jokes about stereotypes. But not because it malicious.. it's just damn funny. But really, if there's going to a problem, then don't make it alright for someone to call a white persona cracker, but not alright for someone to say the N word or whatever.
It's included on the list Because as the person who started the Forum, and someone who has worked in Corporate America and THUS made to follow the "rules of PC". We were told to say Happy Holidays (not to cover New Years) so that people who don't believe in Christ don't get offended by Merry Christmas....We certainly didn't have to say Happy Holiday for Halloween....Thank You!
I think the whole world is getting caught up on how they talk to someone. A CNN host just left His job because of things said... on national tv etc.(Week of Nov 15,2009) What happened to free speech? What we say can cause all kind of wars.
Merry Christmas Happy Holidays This one is too much. If someone wished me a happy "whatever" day (that they celebrate, and I don't) I'd think it was just a nice thing. Getting offended at someone else's holiday is just being a jerk.
Stripper Exotic Dancer Both words mean the same to me. Someone says, "exotic dancer," and I think, "stripper". Kind of like "car" and "automobile". I don't mind "erring on the side of what sounds nicer" for the dancers in question.
Fat Overweight Technically, "fat" is a substance. I think it's right that "overweight" (an adjective) is used. Again, erring on the side of what's a little more appropriate isn't such a bad thing in this instance.
Black African American White Caucasian
"Black" and "White" are easy, even if people are technically brown, light cream, sort of yellow-ish brown, or whatever color they are. Not all Black people have much of a link to Africa, and "African American" is just too long anyway. "Caucasian" sounds "technical" or "census-related" or something. I don't like the "technical" terms. I just think of myself as a White person.
Janitor Facilities Coordinator
This one is just stupid. There's nothing wrong with "janitor".
So, in answer to OP's question: Sometimes yes, but not necessarily always.
Ii love the breakdown I agree, esp for myself I am Black/Hispanic so if someone wants to refer to me as Black that's fine, African American omits my Hispanic heritage. (off-topic) I do have a problem when trying to fill out applications though as they usually state Black (non-hispanic) or Hispanic? I just choose both...
@ Cole Yeah I lived in Miami for 4 years, and because I speak Spanish but don't "look" like I do, I've been told (Whatever that means) that is the only place people/strangers would ask me "What are you?" Talk about having a little decorum, this is not even about being PC, just polite....lol.
I got over it though, I had to maybe moving back there next year...
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