Non-Discriminatory Language and Politically correctness
Hello friends, today we will speak about the use of the politically correctness. In order to understand the basic of the political correctness, some questions usually appear on our minds.
- What is political correctness?
- Where does the political correctness come from?
- Why the existence of political correctness is visible?
- Why should we use the political correctness?
If we could find the answers of these questions, we would be able to understand the concept more specifically. Well, Political Correctness is conceptualised as the term that is utilised for covering the rights of equal opportunity by the individuals. It is basically determining the rights of the individuals who have the equal abilities like all of us here. We know that we are quite proficient in our language. However, if our language lacks the words that are not understandable by others, we shall fail to express our feelings. For example, racism, homophobia, and sexism are the definition of discriminations that are introduced by the society. People are aware of such discriminations when they grow up in a society. We all know that language plays the most significant role in shaping our actions, thoughts and shared values. When we see a male or female, we start wondering from where they belong, what are their motives, and what are their races. We illustrate a by default image on their mind as soon as we see them in front of us. The utilisation of the language will be helpful for us to resolve these questions on our minds.
We are mainly using the political correctness for describing the policies, ideas, and behaviour and languages. These often seek reducing the offence to racial, gender, disabled, and other identity groups. On the contrary, the political correctness may create such offense in a significant way. Here I can consider the political correctness as an intellectual effort that is used for establishing the linguistic value. Moreover, I can acclaim that it helps in encouraging social progress that has been suffered from a great deal of scorn and ridicule.
The political correctness movement is categorised into three divisions:
The first is subtle, which includes the words like mailman, policeman, or fireman. It refers all people as “man”. It discriminates the females from being aspiring to these positions more specifically.
The second is offensive that contains the words like ‘retarded’ or ‘gay’. When we use these words, we refer to some people who are different to the normal class. The use of such words is sometimes very offensive or insulting for an individual to whom it is addressed. There are more methods of using the appropriate languages to refer to these individuals that will not demean them anyway.
The third is blatant, which refers to the black people. It sometimes needs elaborate explanations, but simultaneously, the language is highly offensive. It generally indicates a huge deal of disdain. However, the movement of political correctness is widely dispersed and is not about censorship at its core. People are always free to choose their language as per their perceptions. However, it is necessary to check the form of the language that they have been using towards others. The movement is quite helpful to enlighten the ideas. It is essential for all of us to understand how offensive a language can turn out to be for an individual if we do not use the language properly. Therefore, it is much necessary to select the words wisely.
We need to adopt some practices to ensure the political correctness. It is necessary for all of us to be careful while talking about any person. We should avoid the languages that are only addressing the demographic groups. We should even avoid the exclusionary titles such as “chairman”, we can use “chairperson” instead. It is necessary for us to eliminate the expressions that are offensive for the individuals with mental or physical disabilities. We know that the disabilities do not define the people by any means. Hence, we should not make them feel down by our use of words. People should always avoid the expressions that overly cautious in describing the racism. Eliminating the religious terms is also essential. We are humans and we are well aware of the human rights. We should not discriminate people and respect others as well as their identity. We should not get defensive when someone rejects the language that marginalises, empowers, and diminishes the individuals. The kind and suitable approaches are necessarily needed to be adopted.