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By Jaiden Coonan
Political correctness is not protesting against racism, or protesting against the suppression of rights and freedoms of marginalised individuals; and nor is it stopping the use of offensive language directed at marginalised individuals.
By Michael Wood
A male university student in 2018 writes the sentence “When a doctor first assesses a patient he must…” and receives feedback from their tutor that they should use non-gendered pronouns; a female high school student in 1984 writes “I’d like to become chairman of an international corporation,” and is told that she cannot, because it says “Man” right there in the word. Which of these scenarios sounds more like language being used to limit one’s self-expression?
By Nat Price
This move towards “inclusive language” is part of recent trend I’ve noticed rearing its ugly head on the political spectrum’s left wing.
By Gabrielle Hart
When we talk about hate speech, anti-discrimination and anti-terror laws, we’re not just trying to prevent our feelings from getting hurt – though the fact that discriminated groups in our society have higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide should really make you question why that would be a bad thing.
By Kyle Williams
The term political correctness also came in use in the US Communist Party in the 1930s and 1940s, where it described the proper words to be used and positions to be held by party members. From its inception, political correctness was not about respect, but rather conformity to the orthodoxies of explicitly totalitarian ideologies.