- Political correctness is a term which denotes language seen as seeking to minimize social and institutional offense in occupational, gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, certain other religions, beliefs or ideologies, disability, and age-related contexts, and, as purported by the term, doing so to an excessive extent.
- Non-oppressive language is a tactic that encourages us to reflect thoughtfully and critically about the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which language furthers social stigma and oppression. It is an attempt to practice non-hierarchical language for the purpose of building safer spaces and an inclusive society. However, nonoppressive language may sometimes not be PC, as telling our experiences sometimes means pointing out the ugly aspects of our oppressors.
In less lofty language: Being ‘PC’ means caring more about the language used than the general idea. Non-oppressive language is trying to get to the root of our thought.
Do not be proud of being PC! If you are trying to be ~radical~, then you should know that the PC ideal of not discussing the reality of oppression maintains the erasive status quo.