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View Poll Results: How politically correct are people in your country?
To a fault 30 68.18%
Not at all 14 31.82%
Voters: 44. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-09-2014, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Finns are quite straightforward and even blunt, so not very politically correct. In coffee-table conversations you can say pretty much what you like, if you can back up your words. Part of this stems from the traditional distrust for the "elite" and also from the height of the Cold War when some topics couldn't be discussed openly in the media, mainly about the USSR.

Of course politicans have to balance with words sometimes, but you can speak openly about certain topics, like immigration, religion, elderly care, the military, same-sex marriages, crime and so on. A person who is handicapped is handicapped, or in popular street-speech - a retard. When speaking about jokes, nothing is holy, and they can be pretty nasty.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Finns are quite straightforward and even blunt, so not very politically correct. In coffee-table conversations you can say pretty much what you like, if you can back up your words. Part of this stems from the traditional distrust for the "elite" and also from the height of the Cold War when some topics couldn't be discussed openly in the media, mainly about the USSR.

Of course politicans have to balance with words sometimes, but you can speak openly about certain topics, like immigration, religion, elderly care, the military, same-sex marriages, crime and so on. A person who is handicapped is handicapped, or in popular street-speech - a retard. When speaking about jokes, nothing is holy, and they can be pretty nasty.
French-speaking Canadians often get into trouble in this way given that we live in an extremely PC part of the world. In fact, compared to most countries in the world we are quite PC. But nowhere near the PC-ness of English Canadians and even to some degree, Americans.

This contrast often leads to stereotypes, assumptions and even prejudices on the part of other Canadians vis-à-vis French-speaking Canadians, who are often judged based on the Anglo-Canadians PC-meter, which is calibrated super-high.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:26 AM
 
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Home Country: the way I knew it, not at all, but it may have changed slightly with the young generation, Lord Forbid should they miss on any "progressive" move and dissolve behind into "backwardness".

Current Country: so bad I want to cry.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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^Which countries are you referring to?If I may ask.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:25 AM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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But really, it exists to a certain extent, and there are instances when the law oversteps the line, but a lot of the time people scream 'politically correct' because they can't say offensive things under the guise of a joke (and this is another tricky area - when a joke stops being a joke and becomes downright offensive).
Don't see any need. Why should it be the law's business to police offensiveness? Seems dangerous to have the government be a speech police.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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French-speaking Canadians tend to be less PC than English-speaking Canadians. English-speaking Canadians can be extremely PC.

What's interesting for example is in some parts of Canada you have bilingual signs. In Canadian English, referring to someone as "handicapped" is largely verboten now. You have to say "persons with disabilities". But in French (less PC) it's still OK to use "handicapés".

And so you might have a sign that says: "Bureau of Persons with Disabilities / Office des personnes handicapées".
Both are used here in BC. We still say " handicap parking ". In Quebec don't you too use both " handicapées"
and "invalidite" ??
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Here in the USA, I would say about 50/50. Most Conservative, Right Wing people abhor political correctness.

I can't think of anything more stupid than political correctness but at least, we have laws that protect people's right to speak their minds. As much as I don't agree with the KKK, I think they should have the right to speak their minds, as long as no crime is committed.

Most Liberal, Left Wing people dream about an Euro style politically correct society where all races get along, they all hold hands and sing about diversity together. You are allowed to speak your mind as long as you don't offend anybody.

I have heard some stupid Left Wing Liberals say that people who are "racist" should attend mandatory "diversity training" as if taking some stupid course on diversity and other Leftist utopic BS will make a person less racist.
As long as the racist isn't breaking the law I don't think many left wingers would support mandatory training.
However, education, probably wouldn't hurt since racism stems from ignorance.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Both are used here in BC. We still say " handicap parking ". In Quebec don't you too use both " handicapées"
and "invalidite" ??
Handicapé(es) is what is used 99% of the time. Invalidité is a word but is not really used in this sense.

The closest to PWD (persons with disabilities) in French is "personne avec/ayant une déficience". It's the PC term of choice but is usually only used in bureaucraticspeak, and even there "handicapé" is much more common.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Handicapé(es) is what is used 99% of the time. Invalidité is a word but is not really used in this sense.

The closest to PWD (persons with disabilities) in French is "personne avec/ayant une déficience". It's the PC term of choice but is usually only used in bureaucraticspeak, and even there "handicapé" is much more common.
I'd argue it's the same in BC. The people use handicap, the gov't agencies to a much lesser extent.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I am not here to stereotype but i'm just saying every Chinese immigrant i know are not politically correct at all.

I remember one of them defending drone strikes killing innocent muslims because "well, they all look the same because they wear towels on their face so its okay"
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