Just after Christmas I was at a bbq and it took all of my self-control to not get into an argument with someone. It was at someone else’s place, and I don’t know this guy very well, so I made a few careful points and then changed the subject. But what I really wanted to say was, “listen mate, is it that you haven’t bothered to think about what you’re saying, or are you just an arsehole?”. I was going to just brush it off, but it’s gotten under my skin – and not in the good way, like when you put slices of chorizo under the skin of a chicken and then roast it.
Apparently “They” say we can’t use the word “postman” anymore.
Yep, this is what he was having a rant about.
Now, I’m pretty across the feministosphere and the politically-correctosphere and I’m not aware of anyone in Australia saying that we now have to use “postperson”. Seriously? This is what this guy actually believes?
He was outraged because he wanted to use the word “postman” because that’s the word he’s always used and it’s political correctness gone mad dontchaknow. Which is a profoundly ignorant way of saying “I don’t want to have to think about how the words I say might be offensive to someone else because the most important thing in the whole wide world is that I shouldn’t have to think about how my behaviour might affect others”. Because what he’s saying is that women who deliver the mail should be called postmen. Huh? He’s offended by that?
When people start sentences with, “It’s not politically correct, but…” what they really mean is, “It’s not politically correct, but I’m about to use someone’s gender/race/religion/ability as an insult because I’m either too intellectually lazy to be able to make my point without insulting someone, or I’m too selfish to give a shit about anyone but myself”.