Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 23:30:16 -0800
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: PC Language
As a left-handed person, your use of the terms "lefty" and "hopeless
lefty" struck me as peculiar. As you used them, the terms seem to have a
somewhat negative connotation, which struck me as odd coming from someone
who seems to be concerned about political correctness. I am proud of being
a "lefty" and I certainly do not consider myself "hopeless" as a result.
What's the deal?
And a wonderful example this is of PC problems, though I will assume that
you're kidding (having made the assumption that "lefty" referred to left in
terms of politics, not handedness.) Trying not to insult people is a
positive. Assuming insult at every opportunity and utterance is a
negative. Bending so over backward so as not to hurt yourself trying to
avoid saying anything at all in any sort of straightforward manner gets
absurd and ridiculous. Insisting on being treated with dignity and respect
is rational and reasonable.
Extremisim on both sides gets completely out of hand.