Results for - Using Politically Correct Terms

2,909 voters participated in this survey

It can be tough to keep tabs on the most up-to-date language and terminology in the purpose-driven space. Being politically correct, or PC for short, is saying or doing things in ways that will not cause offense regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other aspects of identity.

Do you try to be politically correct on a daily basis?

1. Do you try to be politically correct on a daily basis?

Yes all the time
29%
845 votes
In public
18%
508 votes
At work
10%
294 votes
With family
5%
143 votes
With friends
5%
139 votes
No
45%
1,313 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
67 votes

2. Recently, the latest PC term has been "unhoused" instead of homeless. According to unhoused.org, "the label of "homeless" has derogatory connotations. It implies that one is "less than", and it undermines self-esteem and progressive change. The use of the term "Unhoused", instead, has a profound personal impact upon those in insecure housing situations." Do you agree that the label "homeless" has derogatory connotations?

Yes, and I will try to use unhoused
17%
498 votes
Yes, but I probably/will not change my wording
25%
728 votes
No
55%
1,606 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
68 votes

3. Do you personally believe that being PC has gone too far?

Yes, it seems like everyone is offended these days
50%
1,452 votes
Sort of, while we should be more aware of how words make people feel, sometimes I think it goes too far
20%
581 votes
No, it's not that hard to use nicer language to make people feel included in society
14%
402 votes
Undecided
15%
439 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
26 votes

4. Which of these newer PC opinions do you AGREE with?

Saying "unhoused" instead of homeless
14%
409 votes
Saying "Sex worker" instead of prostitute
19%
543 votes
Not saying "that's crazy" because it perpetuates mental health stigma
12%
351 votes
Asking if someone has a partner instead of wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend if you don't know their sexuality
22%
650 votes
Not saying gypped as it stems from gypsy, which is problematic as it has been used as a derogatory slur against Roma who historically travelled from place to place across Europe.
10%
285 votes
Not saying "dumb" because we use "dumb" to say that someone or something isn't intelligent, but the word "dumb" refers to a person who is unable to communicate verbally, so this can be offensive to those individuals
15%
431 votes
Not saying "lame" when we mean something is boring or dull, but "lame" actually refers to lower body parts that don't function properly for walking, so again this can be offensive to those individuals
11%
308 votes
Asking someone what their pronouns are before referring to them
9%
251 votes
Raising a child as "they/them" until they are old enough to choose what gender they are
5%
145 votes
Do not agree with any
53%
1,528 votes
04/29/2022 Living 2909 109 By: Tellwut
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