Language, as we know it today is rapidly changing. The human race is constantly adding new words and phrases into our collective vocabulary. The concern with that is choosing the appropriate words to say. Dictonary.com defines political correctness as “marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.” I would argue that most people don’t really understand what political correctness is.
Even the term “politically correct” has changed since its creation. Political correctness was first introduced just before the start of the 1800s. In its early years, political correctness meant that something was in unison with legal and political norms. In modern society, political correctness takes on many forms as it has become a major topic in politics.
Political correctness often occurs when addressing someone else. In the past, it was normal to call a single woman “Miss” and a married woman “Mrs”. Today it is expected to say “Ms.” when referring to a woman regardless of her marital status. Using “Ms.” in the workplace can make you seem more professional. This is because “Ms.” is a neutral term. Saying “Mrs.” means that you either know that the person is married, or it means you are assuming something about them.
Many people that oppose Political correctness are often viewed as supporters of hate speech. An example of this is when a protest started outside of a Toronto public library because of a speech given by activist and feminist Meghan Murphy. In her speech, Meghan shared her views on transgender women by saying that their inclusion in the feminist movement is harmful. Many LGBTQ supporters disagreed with her statements by going as far as to say that Meghan’s comments on the subject are hate speech and actually encourage discrimination.
Political correctness has come a long way since its creation, and it will continue to change and evolve as society progresses. It has already changed the way that people interact in the workplace, as well as the things that people say in public. The way people receive political correctness can say a lot about them. Will you adapt to a new and ever-changing vocabulary, or will you protest the advancements of a modern day language and mindset?