Political correctness (PC) is the well-intentioned attempt at regulating political speech in order to avoid hurting people's feelings. Its proponents assume that if one limits speech to nice words, everyone will be nice. And secondly, that people are immediately triggered and traumatized when they are hurt by words. Both assumptions are false. Political correctness does not reduce conflict and hurt feelings at all, because insult finds its way. It simply defers insult to different means than offensive words, and also stifles freedom of expression. Secondly, coddled individuals have worse, not better psychological outcomes (antifragility).
Examples of politically correct termsEdit
|ugly person||genetically challenged, superficially inconvenienced|
|currycel||Indian involuntary celibate|