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(1,975 posts)
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 03:34 PM Oct 2018

Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture

I was reading this article and I think it directly relates to an earlier post about why kids arent voting in the numbers like we think they should.

In the topic, I challenged the notion that todays kids dont like being preached to. That they do and have their own opinions. Of course it was inferred by somebody that I of course "preached" to my kids, which of course is not true. Maybe preached, was the wrong word I was looking for (which as a budding writer I am finding out that I need to be more clear and concise.

As our kids get older, they are forming their own opinions. However as kids most arent thinking of their future. It's why summers seemed to fly by when we were younger. We were living in the now, as were our parents and grandparents and on and on, even during times of war. We, as we get older start to think of our future. It's why. . . Holy shit, it's almost Christmas again, where did the year go?!

I believe that along with a few other reasons, this anti pc culture is a direct connection to why Trump was elected. Give the article a read.


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(146,409 posts)
3. PC Culture? Where is that in your post?
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 03:44 PM
Oct 2018

The phrase, itself, is one coined by right-wing bigots, and refers to things like tolerance, equality and other such goals that they don't like.

I don't think it has anything to do with why young people don't turn out for elections. They never have, really, as voting statistics clearly show. Why don't they? Because they don't get it. Not all young people skip elections, of course. I never did, nor did any of my political acquaintances.

But it's not "politically correct culture" that keeps young people from voting. Not at all. Simple apathy is the actual reason, I think, and always has been.


(16,676 posts)
8. Different levels of what you're talking about
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:41 PM
Oct 2018

There are those who stand for the things you mentioned. And then there are those who take it a step further and rail against things like John Hughes movies, for example, and in doing so come off as preachy and irrational.



(51,308 posts)
5. I think they just don't care.
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 04:03 PM
Oct 2018

It would ne interesting to see demographics of which races vote more at that age.

Some of us might be surprised, some not.


(11,764 posts)
6. What is "PC Culture"?
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 04:49 PM
Oct 2018

The article gave no acceptable definition of what "PC" and "PC Culture" are. The study didn't really either. It took people's feelings about Political Correctness in order to qualitatively discuss things that might be driving divisions in the society.

There is this nebulous term PC, that people hate because it has been derided so much over the years. There is a perception of "perpetual outrage" and being easily offended because people who were typically voiceless and told to stay out of sight, are now demanding that their experiences be understood.

My walking away thought is that it is really hard work to understand diversity and people do not want to expend the energy to do so. That is very American. We like things quick, easy, served hot and ready to eat. We want a pill to make us thin. We don't want to have to eat healthy foods and exercise and be active.

The media does focus WAY too much on the conflict and not enough on the REASON for the conflict. Shouting and pointing fingers gets you clicks. Discussing the history of institutional racism, sexism, and how disabled people are perceived in society certainly does not.

You are right. Trump was elected because a certain segment of the population is completely disengaged from there civic duties and there are two wings of the political spectrum that are fighting about the direction of the country. One represents a multicultural way forward that is the reality of where we are headed demographically, and all the messiness and work that must be done to keep a diverse culture together. The other represents the status quo and the old power structure. The study shows that more people have liberal tendencies but they are either burned out from life, or lazy. Those who are engaged unfortunately, are a smaller group than the right wing which though smaller percentage wise, votes as a bloc and in higher numbers overall.

27% of the electorate elected Trump, which falls in line with the 25% of engaged conservatives as opposed to 9% engaged progressives.


(3,803 posts)
9. PC is...
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:47 PM
Oct 2018

practiced conscientiousness
personal control
polite company
proper conduct
people concerned
pleasant citizens
placid conscience
peaceful citizens
perfected civilization
public comportment
practical companionship
preached Christianity

et cetera


(109,058 posts)
10. Is the anti PC culture the reason many young people now list the pronouns they would like
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:51 PM
Oct 2018

to be referred to as, even if they are cis-gender?


(1,975 posts)
12. Well they sure as hell dont vote like it should matter
Mon Oct 15, 2018, 09:05 PM
Oct 2018

In the numbers one would think, now do they? Or am I incorrect in thinking Trump is president, and the Senate is gonna be a bar room brawl.

So what is it? Apathy
Anti pc fatigue?
Just political fatigue?

I'm curious, we figure that one out and I'll show you a billionaire.


(35,129 posts)
11. And I would say "Anti-PC culture" is a sign OF privilege, not a lack of it
Fri Oct 12, 2018, 06:00 PM
Oct 2018

"Say MERRY CHRISTMAS or else!!! I'm tired of being PC!!1!"
"Heh heh, we're not politically correct anymore, I can say the n-word!"
"Press 1 for English? This is worse than the Holocaust!!1!"

Hey, it must be great that we have so many people out there acting shocking and offensive towards other people just because they can. Here I am living paycheck to paycheck and trying not to go to bed hungry tonight.

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