How do I stick up for my beliefs and not be a member of the PC police?
July 24, 2010 1:06 AM Subscribe
How do I stick up for my beliefs while not being a member of the PC police?
posted by joeyjoejoejr to human relations (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Lately, I've been finding myself biting my tongue over the comments of my friends and acquaintances. Things like "You know how girls are... They ALWAYS complain" "Ugh, I couldn't stand living with a bunch of GIRLS" (ironically coming from other women). Or men going out of their way to point out how ugly and/or fat another woman is, in a context where her looks are completely irrelevant.
I want to correct them and explain that these are harmful attitudes, and at the very least, are offensive to me. But I don't want to be the joykill at the party. I also like to shoot the shit and relax, and I don't want my friends to walk on eggshells around me. In addition, I sometimes find that talking about sexism with other people is totally exhausting and hopeless.
How can I still stay true to my beliefs without sacrificing the relationship I have with my friends?