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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Orient - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In contemporary English, Oriental usually refers to things from the parts of East Asia traditionally occupied by East Asians and most Central Asians and Southeast Asians racially categorized as "Mongoloid". This excludes Indians, Arabs, most other West Asian peoples. Because of historical discrimination against Chinese and Japanese, in some parts of the United States, the term is considered derogatory; for example, Washington state prohibits use of the word "Oriental" in legislation and government documentation, preferring the word "Asian" instead.[


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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    How many of you really hate PC but feel forced to conform or be an outcast?
    I used to hate it but now I don't care. Being PC is really about being put on the defensive by offensive people that are overly sensitive about words and terms, for the most part. African American? Black? Black American? I have three friends that just about want to punch you if you use the wrong term for them... and then you have the ones that call each other nigger. Go figure...
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    Orient - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In contemporary English, Oriental usually refers to things from the parts of East Asia traditionally occupied by East Asians and most Central Asians and Southeast Asians racially categorized as "Mongoloid". This excludes Indians, Arabs, most other West Asian peoples. Because of historical discrimination against Chinese and Japanese, in some parts of the United States, the term is considered derogatory; for example, Washington state prohibits use of the word "Oriental" in legislation and government documentation, preferring the word "Asian" instead.[


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    In Latin, "Orient" literally means East. So what are people so upset about? Nothing, really.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I used to hate it but now I don't care. Being PC is really about being put on the defensive by offensive people that are overly sensitive about words and terms, for the most part. African American? Black? Black American? I have three friends that just about want to punch you if you use the wrong term for them... and then you have the ones that call each other nigger. Go figure...
    I still remember this popular t shirt that said: "It's a black thing. You wouldn't understand." I guess it's the same concept.
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I used to hate it but now I don't care.
    This is pretty much how I feel now. It's all turned into a bunch of back slapping, feel good, smiley nonsense. Of all the serious problems in life I don't put much thought into using the proper terms anymore. I don't even really understand the whole thing anyway, except I have experienced discrimination and that just pisses you off because it's unfair.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    How many of you really hate PC but feel forced to conform or be an outcast?
    I've never felt forced to conform to anything, let alone political correctness.

    If I conform to something, it's going to be because I choose to conform. If I am an outcast, it is also my choice. If I ever become afraid to make a choice becasue I don't want to face the consequences of my decision, I've already lost the game of life.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    How many of you really hate PC but feel forced to conform or be an outcast?
    I don't feel forced to conform to political correctness anymore than I feel forced to conform to the vehemently anti-PC crowd. Both groups try to control what other people say and mock those who choose to speak in ways that they deem either inappropriate or silly. Nonetheless, I'm fully capable of choosing my own language according to what I want to communicate and to the audience that I'm interesting in reaching. I grew out of being afraid of being an outcast in high school.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    In Latin, "Orient" literally means East. So what are people so upset about? Nothing, really.



    I still remember this popular t shirt that said: "It's a black thing. You wouldn't understand." I guess it's the same concept.

    evanescense in fact some westerners' impressions of turks are not true.yes orient or oriental or east dont matter for me but unless they use this term to call us ' easterner' .for instance harem was a place where no stranger was let in and nobody could have a possibility to sight the harem.,but many painters had made this kind of paintings which reflect our society as very erotic .ı mean sometimes orientalism is what some westerners want to think about us..

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I used to hate it but now I don't care. Being PC is really about being put on the defensive by offensive people that are overly sensitive about words and terms, for the most part. African American? Black? Black American? I have three friends that just about want to punch you if you use the wrong term for them... and then you have the ones that call each other nigger. Go figure...
    There's nothing funnier than wingnuts whine "They use the n-word so why can't I???"

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I've never felt forced to conform to anything, let alone political correctness.

    If I conform to something, it's going to be because I choose to conform. If I am an outcast, it is also my choice. If I ever become afraid to make a choice becasue I don't want to face the consequences of my decision, I've already lost the game of life.
    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    I don't feel forced to conform to political correctness anymore than I feel forced to conform to the vehemently anti-PC crowd. Both groups try to control what other people say and mock those who choose to speak in ways that they deem either inappropriate or silly. Nonetheless, I'm fully capable of choosing my own language according to what I want to communicate and to the audience that I'm interesting in reaching. I grew out of being afraid of being an outcast in high school.
    You'd be surprised how much we all conform and don't even realize it, unless you live in a vacuum. I guarantee very few if any openly say the bigoted words that were acceptable or rarely challenged in my youth (way back). Women were barefooted, pregnant, in the kitchen and didn't mess in men's business and most minorities were addressed with racial slurs. It was a dominant Caucasian, male society and they all conformed since the 70's or ended up in fights on a daily basis or lost their jobs. I don't say certain words simply because I don't want a bunch of crap or problems over it. And truthfully I try to be socially polite to a certain point because I appreciate it in return. Though I agree about one thing you can control the amount you "conform" mentally by avoiding and not addressing the issues that the PC crowd are so sensitive too. I do not talk about the things that make people "touchy" not because I don't agree but because it's annoyingly unimportant IMO.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    You'd be surprised how much we all conform and don't even realize it, unless you live in a vacuum.
    I didn't say I don't conform. I said I don't feel forced to conform and that I choose my own behavior rather than giving into pressure.

    I guarantee very few if any openly say the bigoted words that were acceptable or rarely challenged in my youth (way back). Women were barefooted, pregnant, in the kitchen and didn't mess in men's business and most minorities were addressed with racial slurs. It was a dominant Caucasian, male society and they all conformed since the 70's or ended up in fights on a daily basis or lost their jobs. I don't say certain words simply because I don't want a bunch of crap or problems over it. And truthfully I try to be socially polite to a certain point because I appreciate it in return.
    As far as this applies to me, my reasons for not saying the bigoted words and phrases you're talking about is because I have no interest in saying them anymore than I have an interest in speaking French everyday. It has nothing to do with conformity.

    Though I agree about one thing you can control the amount you "conform" mentally by avoiding and not addressing the issues that the PC crowd are so sensitive too. I do not talk about the things that make people "touchy" not because I don't agree but because it's annoyingly unimportant IMO.
    I want to reiterate a point I made in the post you quoted that I don't feel anymore forced to conform by the PC crowd than I do the anti-PC crowd. You seem intent on focusing only on the former as if they are the only ones who are "sensitive" and "touchy". In fact, the anti-PC crowd is just as sensitive and forceful since they too complain about how people speak and try to control other people's behavior. The groups are just two sides of the same coin.

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