Although founded on the idea that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, political correctness is frequently used to dismiss opinions as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic and misogynistic. What is the real impact of political correctness? Does it foster harmony, or is it a weapon to stifle debate and dismiss controversial opinions as invalid?
Political correctness is essential for protecting minorities and safe public spaces.
Political correctness sparks innovation
A study on working environments shows a PC culture fosters creativity and innovation.
PC culture protects against offensive comments
Minorities and marginalised populations are protected by political correctness and social norms that prohibit offensive comments.
In mild cases, it stifles debate and infringes on people's right to free speech. In extreme cases, it fuels extremism and legitimises violence.
PC culture erodes free speech
Those that defy PC culture face social intimidation and ostracism. This goes against our right to free speech.
Political correctness creates a culture of avoidance
PC culture stifles debate and makes it impossible to have meaningful discussions on difficult issues.
A population of snowflakes
Political correctness has made our young people incapable of dealing with controversial or offensive ideas.
PC culture empowers bigots
Political correctness enables bigotry by trivializing offensive ideas.
Political correctness legitimises violence
In deeming certain ideas intolerable and unacceptable, political correctness legitimises violence against those that hold them.
As a term, political correctness has no fixed definition and does not exist.
Political Correctness has no meaning
Political correctness doesn't exist because it has no meaning.
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