A few things happened last week that perfectly illustrate how political correctness has spread its tentacles into just about every aspect of our lives.
And it’s not a good thing.
This PC tripe, perhaps initiated for all the right reasons, has now run amok and risks ruining personal interactions while turning us into a nation of easily offended wusses.
The first example of what we’re talking about comes from the world of sports. As is often the case in such situations, it all started innocuously enough with a simple tweet from the official account of the St. Louis Cardinals to promote a World Series replica ring giveaway at an upcoming game.
Here is exactly what it said so you can decide for yourself if it’s offensive in any way: “You love baseball, she loves jewelry. On May 17th, it’s a win-win.” The tweet also included a small graphic showing the replica ring and further promotional information.
Nothing there, right?
The Cardinals ended up deleting the tweet after it set off a mini-firestorm which predictably included the all-too-easy accusations of sexism.
Sports Illustrated wrote: “Here’s your daily reminder that most sports teams have no idea how to address women without having to talk down to them or treat them as an undifferentiated mass of stereotypes who are only watching a game because a man is making them.”
Really? We believe it’s pretty clear women aren’t all attracted to shiny objects and can be quite astute sports fans as well. But isn’t it true most women collect and wear more jewelry than men? The tweet was reflecting one of the simple differences between the sexes, and those differences indicate nothing negative about either side. (The PC zealots often refer to these long-accepted differences as “gender biases” when things are stated in a way they do not prefer.)
Incidentally, couldn’t men find the tweet offensive as well because apparently the Cardinals believe guys are nothing more than sports-craving, testosterone-crazed individuals? After all, not all men “love baseball.”
See what we mean? Taking the PC ideology to extreme lengths, it can turn almost anything into a perceived put-down or something “inappropriate.”
So guys, just remember, the next time you hold open a door for a woman on the way into the mall or a restaurant, some might not view it as a simple act of courtesy. They might take it as a sign that you believe women are weak and thus incapable of opening the door on their own. Maybe everyone would be better off if they opened their own doors from now on, so as not to run afoul of any PC monitor who might be lurking out there.
Sadly, something even sillier than the Cardinals tweet controversy caught our eye last week while scrolling through our Twitter feed and coming across a column from Katherine Timpf of National Review. Timpf recently wrote about a ridiculous idea by the University of Arizona to hire “social-justice activists” at $10 per hour to oversee the student body and duly report any “bias incidents” that might occur on campus.
As Timpf smartly observed: “It’s one thing to give students a place to report any problems that they’ve experienced themselves, but shouldn’t it be up to the person who was involved to decide whether or not there even was a problem in the first place?”
It’s all laughable. But with most of us afraid to stand up and say something in the face of PC madness running wild, expect more of this stuff to start infecting our daily lives.
Let’s all respect each other, but we need to apply some common sense to some of these situations as well.
And if that offends you, maybe you’re the one with the problem.
— Times Leader