I'm talking about practical concerns, not PC. PC seeks to avoid offence for its own sake; I"m saying that you don't call your boss a jerk, or fat, or old. You don't offend people for practical reasons, and after a while it becomes a habit. If the content of what you're saying just happens to be offensive to a minority, that's too bad unless they're potential friends, or in authority.
This goes to something I should have said. I see 3 levels of communication with people in this regard. You can either 1) speak of political correctness which is just stupidity in my views or 2) you speak in a normal, everyday, some might say "open" manner or 3) in a way that intentionally tries to make someone feel bad. For example, as was stated in an earlier post, we can look at how someone might tell a girl that they are a slut. You could 1) make note that they have a lot of guy friends or 2) that they sleep around with too many people or 3) they're a slut. It's as if people try to say something but they don't want to actually SAY IT, but they want the point to come across. Except, unless you're a moron in all honesty, you're not going to find a way to tell a person they're a slut, have the person realize you just said they're a slut, yet view you as a person who DIDN'T just call them a slut.
The first, I just don't understand. You're trying to SAY 2) but you're using weaselly language to say something in the hopes that somehow the person will hear it in a way that they'll feel better about you than if they had said it like 2). The question to me is, WHY? Has anyone ever heard 1) and did NOT imply 2)?
I also wonder another thing. I have not known of 1 person who likes political correctness. Yet, we feel we MUST be politically correct, and at the least, give a small or even reasonable effort to be political correct to the extreme. But why? Who are we trying to please? There has to be some people out there who feel better because political correctness exists in the sense that we have to almost walk on eggshells with people. Who are these people? And why do we care what they think?
Personally, I do not have any respect for people who get offended easily. To me, they are trying to live in a different world, and they demand the world be to their liking, right down to how people choose their words. It's as tasteless as if some guy decided to say that all girls need to be slim and trim so there were 'eye-candy' everywhere. To me they are practically identical, weaselly types of personalities. They want the world to be more enjoyable for them simply because that's what they want.
The fact that America seems to be the epicenter of political correctness at times seems to just laugh in the face of the ideals of a country that everyone initially imagines in their mind when they hear the phrase "freedom of speech". Sometimes I think we should change the first amendment to say "Freedom of certain speech". Someone get me a copy of Animal Farm.