Op-ed: What’s the Appropriate Word for This Column?
BY Michael Lucas
March 06 2012 5:00 AM ET
The political correctness word police are winning their
battle to restrict not just what we say, but how Americans think. The dictionary is no longer the arbiter
of what is a legitimate word. Now
political correctness is so run amok that careers and lives are ruined by the
mere utterance of an unsanctioned word. Speak some un-PC language on TV these days, and you have to check into
PC'ers, in the name of social "justice," are
banning words that traditionally, and accurately, describe professions: Road sweepers are now "ecological
operators," housekeepers are "family assistants," and school
janitors are "non-teaching personnel." Don't dare send flowers to your secretary on
"Secretaries Day." He or
she is now an "administrative assistant." If you call a stewardess a "stewardess," you risk
being thrown off the plane for making the "flight attendant" feel
If you call your waiter a "waiter," you're certain
to be waiting a long time for service. We're now required to use the gender-neutral term "server."
It's all about making people who are in less glamorous
professions feel better about themselves and removing the rungs from the ladder
of life — and stripping achievement and accomplishment of their virtue. If you don't like serving soda on
airplanes, stop complaining about being called a stewardess and do something
else. We should own the words that
describe our professions and find pride in doing our jobs well — and not by
Not only are people unable to own up to what they do, but they
also reject words that have, for centuries, described what they are.
You are blind to this emerging reality if you don't now use
the term "visually impaired" to describe a person who can't see. And I hear that "audio
impaired" is now the only acceptable term for a "deaf"
person. I can foresee being sent
to mandatory sensitivity training someday for describing someone as “poor”
when the only permitted term becomes "economically disadvantaged."
The people behind this PC language aren't retards, they're
But the politically correct gestapo has a more nefarious
agenda: to change the way we think about those who harm society. Calling illegal aliens
"undocumented workers" is a turn of phrase intended to hide the fact
that people are actually jumping fences.
And we're all just going along with it. At this point, it wouldn't surprise me
if San Francisco passed a law requiring us to refer to drug dealers as
anti-PC does not mean does not mean you're unkind or insensitive. Take
the word "tranny." Many gay people don't think twice about
using it. But transgender friends of mine find it to be the equivalent of
the n word, and I take their side in believing one should never use
it. "Tranny" is not a part of the English language. It
is a made-up word.
While the thought police replace our language with words
that advance their political aims, they've also mastered the misappropriation
of others. Take the word
It's about the worst thing one can be called in our
society. And it's now being
applied to those brave enough to speak out against Islamic
fundamentalists. Pointing out the
obvious — that mainstream Muslim thought is homophobic, and homicidal toward nonbelievers
— is one of the quickest ways I know of to get slapped with the racist
label. Never mind the fact that
Islam is a religion, not a race.
Interestingly, if you criticize Christianity, the worst
thing you'll be called is a "liberal."
We've slid way too far down the slippery slope of political
correctness. Many academics are
bending and dismantling our language to suit their own social, economic, and
political agendas, and getting away with it.
We need to stop these idiots — I mean "cognitively
deficient individuals" — while some words still have meaning.
MICHAEL LUCAS is the creator of Lucas Entertainment, one
of the largest studios producing all-male erotica. He lives in New York City.
This article is the opinion of the writer and not The Advocate.
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