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The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 5th 1994 by Virago 1994. (first published 1994)
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Paul
This book was published in 1994 and the argument rages on today.
It's a war about when we say "we" what do we mean and who are we anyway. "We" used to be white, male and middle aged as is well understood - you know, the people who drew the maps, laid down the laws and decided what you should find funny. Things were SO much simpler then.

That particular human identity has now been put on trial and found guilty of several serious perversions. The maps weren't right, the laws were despised, the jok...more
Chris
While some of the essays meant be a little dated, they are all well written. This collection looks at the debate over being politically correct (mostly in Britian and America, but with a nod to France). The author's are diverse.

Linda Grant's essay about rape and PC culture is rather interesting, but one does have to question the small sample size. Perhaps the two best essays are the ones by Lisa Jardine and Lisa Appignassi. Appignassi's essay is on PC culture in France(there is one, you ask? No,...more
Lara
I think this book is interesting. I didn't love it. I liked it. I think it would be a fun book to discuss.
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