How to Be Politically Correct


The term "politically correct" refers to people who try their best to avoid controversy and treat all people equally, without reference to gender, religion, physical or mental capacity or social or monetary status. Here's how to be politically correct and avoid courting controversy or hurting others' feelings.

  • Refer to people with gender-neutral language. Use titles like flight attendant, businessperson and actor. Say "they," "them" or "themselves" instead of "himself" or "herself."

  • Make others' feelings a top priority. Grade students on a "pass-fail" basis instead of letter grades. Praise mediocre students for just showing up or entering a contest to guarantee that everyone feels equal. Be understanding and empathetic to all individuals, even unpleasant ones.

  • Bypass religious holidays. In order to keep all nationalities and faiths on a balanced, politically correct level, either acknowledge all religious observances like Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan and many other religious observances equally or ignore them all.

  • Speak in an inoffensive manner. Choose to follow the adage "If you can't say something good about someone, don't say anything" or find one trait to praise in every individual.

  • Use excuses for bad behavior. A politically correct publicist blames an entertainer's drug abuse on depression over a recent divorce while a politically correct friend blames a buddy's unruly attitude on a bad childhood.

  • Tolerate all cultures, political beliefs, religions, sexual preferences and clothing styles. Be a politically correct employer by letting people from every strata of society work for you. Judge them on their work performance, not on their personal beliefs.

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