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.