The term gets thrown around so loosely, especially on this site. I had a completely different opinion about it before I joined, considering that people here like to label anything as PC. Let me just explain what I mean.
What it used to mean
Pretty much when people try to give their opinions without trying to offend others. Now I'm very liberal myself but even I don't like political correctness. I have my own opinions and try to be nice while saying them, but I'm also respectful of other people's views. Even if I don't agree with them, I don't shut them down by calling them names and force them to stay quiet. I'm all for free speech.
Unfortunately, that's not what the word has come to mean in recent years.
What it means on internet forums
Now before people get offended, the example given above was supposed to be a joke. But I think the point is pretty clear. It's used by a bunch of radical conservatives (with more emphasis on the radical part) to describe any opinions that they disagree with. I've been called PC for a bunch of ridiculous reasons that include
• Not having a racial preference while dating.
• Not caring about a guy's size.
• Being dominant in bed.
• Having crushed on a gay guy before.
• ^ And a girl too.
Basically, some people like to think that everyone feels the same way as them and whenever someone has an opinion that's different, they accuse others of lying and say "You're just saying that to be PC. That's not what you really think." It doesn't matter how honest you are because these imbeciles are convinced that they know you better than you know yourself.
In other words, they say that you're being PC even though they're the ones shutting down your freedom of speech. Your opinion just doesn't matter just because it's not what they wanted to hear.
But political correctness does exist, right?
Yes. I said that in the start of the take, but the problem here is that no one ever bothers to call others out on it. When people use this term, it's usually to pick on others with differing viewpoints.
Frankly, the term gets thrown around so loosely on this site that I'm starting to take people less seriously when they complain about being PC. I'm just glad people in real life aren't as sensitive.