Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 11:00:49 -0600
From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM
Subject: Re: PC Language
Wayne Glowka wrote:
We can't call the dorms
anything but "residence halls."
Good heavens, what do they do to you if you slip up and call them dorms??
To my real topic: is the term "PC" still an insult? I ask because it's an
expression I've never felt comfortable with and never fully, I think,
For example, in this discussion, I kind of like some of the terms & ideas
listed as PC ("diversity," for example), and feel neutral about others
(dorm --- residence hall, checkup--- wellness check), while others
(procurement----- purchasing) strike me as foolish and comical.
Does this mean I'm a hopeless lefty, or what? I guess what I'm asking is
whether the term PC can only be used meaningfully within a group of
people with essentially similar political views. I don't know whether
this is the case; I'm genuinely asking.
I should add that I'm familiar with the phenomenon of the politically
narrow-minded. I recently played the role of Ruth in Pinter's _The
Homecoming._ I was criticized by a conservative religious acquintance for
playing a slut, and by a liberal acquaintance for performing in a play
she considered misogynist.
Both these readings of the play struck me as shallow and cripplingly
limited; but is one "PC" and the other not? Why? And what about my other
lefty and feminist friends who are for multi-culturalism but happen to
like Pinter? _Is_ there a clear definition of what's "PC" (and bad) and
Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bga.com