Political Correctness

Is there a better way than political correctness?

Is There a Better Way than Political Correctness?

I’ve written before about whether being politically correct is helpful or ineffective, and I wanted to explore the topic a bit more. Personally, I’m inclined to think that it does more harm than good, at least as society currently conceives it. So, is there a better way than political correctness for people to be respectful? …

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Political correctness: helpful or ineffective?

Is Being Politically Correct Helpful or Ineffective?

The push to be politically correct drives some people crazy, while others think that being careful about language is necessary to keep from causing offence. There are all kinds of people out there being intentionally offensive (just look at Twitter), but to what extent should we as a society go hunting for it when it’s …

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On-screen representation of marginalized groups; graphic of a film projector in rainbow colours

Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I’d had with someone not long before that, and I thought I’d write about it. Representation issues Let’s begin with the conversation from a while …

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Merry Christmas traced out on a snowy car window

Is It Wrong To Say Merry Christmas?

It seems like every year there is debate around the “right” thing to say come December.  Some people say it’s not politically correct to say “Merry Christmas”, and the preferred alternatives might be “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings.”  Then you’ve got the Great Pumpkin wanting to obliterate “happy holidays” because it’s part of a war …

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Justin Trudeau in Aladdin costume with brownface

Halloween, Blackface, and Cultural Appropriation

Not long ago, a photo was forwarded to Time.com from a 2001 yearbook of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who was a teacher at the time, dressed in an Aladdin costume that included brownface/blackface makeup.  It caused quite a stir, with some people criticizing him as being racist. Since it’s Halloween, it seems like a …

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