So, I caught this on Youtube:
and so many things struck me as wrong about this. I’ve enjoyed lots of Steve’s videos in the past, but this one left me feeling kinda like how I feel after the dentist; mumbly, numb and drooly.
Steve starts out by talking about political correctness. He asserts that the only people who call out political correctness as bullshit, are people who want to say racist, sexist or religiously bigoted things. That ultimately, when we say we think the world is too worried about political correctness, we’re saying that we think the world is basically not racist enough.
I loathe the idea of political correctness. As a woman who has been raped twice and endured two physically abusive relationships. As someone who has worked closely with recovering addicts, and who has spent a decade trying to raise awareness for wrongful convictions and other prison issues mostly affecting minorities. As someone who not only loves diversity, but celebrates it and finds it difficult to live anywhere that is not culturally diverse. As someone who has traveled the world and in every place, been appalled at the disgusting way some Western white people treat locals. As someone who is all of these things, I can safely tell you that I loathe political correctness, especially with the lengths to which it has been taken as of late.
But I am not complaining because I can’t say racist things. That’s not why I hate political correctness. I hate the PC bullshit because it affects other speech that I feel needs to be used. For instance, political correctness has, and will continue to, affect my ability to speak about my own sexual assaults as well as the abuse I endured from my exes. I have been silenced on many occasions, just trying to talk about rape. Political correctness affects my ability to portray humour on my blog or in real life. I don’t feel there is anything wrong with a rape joke or two, and I will continue to take heat for that… from people who have never experienced rape, even! Screw the fact that humour is how I have managed to heal from these events in my life, that doesn’t count! Only the sensitive feelings of those strangers reading my blog who have never had a bad thing happen to them beyond their goldfish dying. They are clearly the only ones that matter.
Political correctness stops me from calling a cunt a cunt, or a twat a twat. I own a vagina! It’s fucking fantastic! It’s brought me much pleasure and delivered to me my wonderful baby boy. I like it. It likes me! I have respect for it and all the other vaginas out there on planet earth because they are the lifegiving co-centres of pleasure (with the almighty cock n’ balls, of course) and fewer things deserve such sweeping and unchanging respect. And yet, I will still call a cunt a cunt! It doesn’t mean I think that vaginas are bad things, just as calling someone a dick doesn’t mean I associated penises with bad behaviour. It’s just a brutally effective way to say something and as a writer, if you put something that effective in front of me on a platter with whipped cream on top and then say, “No touchy!”, mama’s gonna touch. And then she’s gonna touch it again!
Aside: Yes, I do believe I just painted a picture of me repeatedly touching a whipped cream covered cunt.
How can you, in good conscience, rule out Islam as one of the causes of some of the violent extremism that happens in the world? Just as it’s ridiculous to say it is the ONLY cause, it’s just as silly to say it’s not a cause at all. As someone who cares deeply for all people, including Muslims, I want to see an end put to this type of violence… for the sake of Muslims! As you pointed out, they are affected the most by this extremism. We must be honest about the causes, however, if we are to help them in any capacity. Lying to yourself by asserting that Islam has absolute bupkus to do with this is counterproductive. You’re not helping Muslims by saying this. You’re hurting them because the longer we refuse to look at ALL the causes, the worse this violence is going to get… towards MOSTLY MUSLIMS. Steve, saying that Islam played a part in this violence, is not the same as saying all Muslims are violent. I know they’re not. I know the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, loving and compassionate people. However, that does not change that some interpretations of their doctrine call for violence, and that leads to some Muslims taking it to the extreme. Saying that this violence has nothing to do with Islam is like saying the Salem Witch Trials had nothing to do with Christianity. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Exodus 22:18 – these witch trials had everything to do with Christianity and I bet you have no problem admitting to that. So, why can’t you admit to Islam playing a part in this extremism when Surahs like, “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.” Quran (2:191-193) or “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” Quran (2:216) “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.” Quran (3:56) “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers,” Quran (3:151) – you and I both know, I could go on for days. There are a whole lot of unreasonable things being said in this conversation, including the suggestion that we turn away refugees or that all Muslims are violent, but by far, the most dangerous rhetoric being coughed up is that Islam has nothing at all to do with ISIS. That is dangerous and negligent and will only serve to harm more Muslims. The only humane response to any of this, the only response of someone who wants to prevent future victims of this violence (including Muslims) is to look critically at ALL the causes.
Political correctness does limit what we can and cannot talk about and while we’re still living in a world where so many things are wrong and so many still suffer, are we truly protecting ourselves by censoring our speech, or are we potentially causing more harm? No great change was ever achieved without first having a free and open conversation about it.
What do you think? What are your thoughts on political correctness? Do you think Islam is free of blame for ISIS? Let me know in the comments.