Last edited by Pozessed; 06-30-15 at 06:26 PM.
There are times were unreasonable pussy footing is expected because people do not want to hear the truth. I.e Don't call big people fat.
There are times where someone is being a jackass and hides behind the misnomer of "politically correctness" as a shield from criticism in his/her rhetoric.
I.e. Some may say it is the undeniable truth that blacks are savages and any dissent of this reality is political correctness. But in actual reality the person is a racist and any opposition to his/her racist belief is not "political correctness" but regular ol' reason and rationality.
I rarely see any accusations of polictical correctness used reasonably. It's usually just a catch all phrase that can conveniently misdirect criticism of certain beliefs.
"Political correctness" is just a disparaging term for social norms. When somebody fails to live up to a social norm, people criticize them and in order to dismiss the criticism, they call it "political correctness." Now, certainly there are cases where somebody is overly zealous in applying social norms or misunderstands something somebody did or said and incorrectly identifies it as breaching a social norm. But, in my experience, far more often, when somebody cries "political correctness," the person complaining about it actually did do something that society finds unacceptable.
And, as annoying as it may be to live in a world where social norms exist, they're a fundamental part of the whole survival strategy of our species. What we think of as morality is just longstanding social norms. The reason we're able to live together in communities and avoid the most destructive behaviors is that social norms are so effective.
Social conformity can be to conform to the norms but I mean it as being forced to conform to what others demand. That is political correctness and/or laws.