Why I am for PC speech,
SOME YEARS AGO it was my misfortune to be acquainted with a 20-year-old who, often in front of his mother, used “you woman” as an insult directed at men. One day I said to him, in front of his mother, “I believe your mom is a woman. How is that an insult?” By way of reply, he invited me to engage myself in sexual intercourse. I understood him better when, years later, I happened upon a book about psychopathy. Of the 10 symptoms the authors listed, he displayed 15.
As for us non-psychopaths, most of us prefer not to say hurtful things when we needn’t. That’s why we train our children not to point and bellow, “That person is fat.” It’s why we’re mortified when the wrong person overhears what was intended as a private remark.
“Smile when you say that. Better yet, don’t say that.”