Political Correctness or politically correct, more so in its abbreviated form, PC,happens to be one such term that animates the chatterati to no end. Throughoveruse and diffusion to differing, even contradictory espousers of causes, theterm PC has lost its original meaning and is now blown about as verbal free-for-
all. At some point in time, say, in the 1990s, PC was used to “describe language,
ideas, policies, or behaviour seen as seeking to minimize offense to racial,cultural, or other identity groups. Conversely, the
term ‘politically incorrect’ is
used to refer to language or ideas that may cause offense or that are
unconstrained by orthodoxy.”
Currently, the term PC and its usage are controversial, while
is used to imply positive self-description.
According to some commentators, “political correctness” is a straw man or effigy
conservatives devised in the 1990s in order to frighten progressive social change
concerning race, religion and gender. Ruth Perry traces PC to Mao’s Little Red
Book, later adopted by the radical left in the 1960s, initially seriously and later asa self-criticism of dogmatic attitudes. In the 1990s, PC was associated with radicalpolitics and communist censorship by the political right in the United States todiscredit the Old and New Left. But soon the New Left turned the tables on thepolitical right and re-appropriated the term political correctness as satirical self-criticism.