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Are we in another Victorian Era?
The new prudish age of politically correct thought.
It would seem the age we live in with its violence whether on the media or not and also swearing again on the media or not one could say that 2016 is a very vulgar age to live in. Just taking a look around us confirms this so and even more so if you are easily shocked.
We enjoy many freedoms today that our ancestors could only dream about in matters of sexual and equality issues and to a certain extent we still enjoy freedom of a speech up to a point.
Why do I say up to a point? Well take the ideology of political correctness that says we must describe things in a certain way like tall people being vertically challenged or the word Native American instead of Indian. Vertically challenged instead of tall is the most ridiculous thing I have heard and if people want to go by that fine but not me. As for Native American as opposed to Indian well I don't have a problem with that because to me that's what they are as they were there before the Europeans arrived although I sense some Natives do not wish to be called this title as the name 'American' was created by the Europeans.
Now political correctness stops us from speaking our mind about certain people or subjects at least in the open. For example if you express an anti - Gay or anti - Black or anti - Muslim opinion you could find yourself in a lot of trouble with the authorities because laws have been brought in under a politically correct agenda to protect these people from audible statements either serious opinions or jokes. Yet it seems equality is not for all as jokes and serious opinions about the colour of one's hair or eating habits (vegetarian for example) or other ethnic groups are still tolerated it seems. So what is the point in equality laws if it protects some and not all, might as well do away with them and political correctness from whence these ideas came from in the first place.
I believe because of political correctness people and society are now afraid to upset certain groups and it has eroded true freedom of expression. Freedom of expression mean't hearing things you agree with and hearing things you will not agree with which in a freedom of expression society should be everyone's right.
Political correctness has created a very prudish society much like we had in Victorian times only back then it was about swearing, how you conducted yourself in public etc but the parallels between our time and theirs are in some ways similar. The only thing that has changed is what people find offensive but apart from that political correctness echoes those by gone tight laced prudish Victorian days.
Political correctness has become deeply embedded in our society and it seems this new prudish age will last until something else comes along to shatter it as the Victorian era prudes were smashed later as the 20th Century dawned.