Political correctness is defined by wikipedia as: Political correctness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Out of nostalgia, I have just finished reading "Sisterhood is Powerful", a 1970 anthology of women's writing. It reminded me of certain phrases and advertising campaigns that once predominated the US landscape and would be met with derision now. It is very commonplace to attack political correctness -- the use of inclusive language and descriptors preferred by the group -- as having been silly and over-reaching, and some of that is fair, I think. But I also think that the change in social values that made it less acceptable to tell dirty jokes or use racial eptithets has benefitted all of us. What say you? Are we better off if a hateful person feels some social pressure to guard his tongue?