The contempt of so-called "PC Culture" is an interesting thread I keep seeing in cultural conversations lately. It's nothing new, of course. For at least a decade, I've been hearing rampant fearmongering rhetoric about how "PC Culture" is turning us into hypersensitive, fallacious cowards--and how it's ruining discourse/politics/comedy/art/etc.
First off, let's be clear: "political correctness" is a construct. That is, it's a made-up term, and its definition has often shifted throughout the years depending on context. It is a weaponized term, currently used by folks who think the rest of us are unreasonably obsessed with "social justice" and "identity politics" (both of which, of course, are weaponized constructs, too; they're really just dysphemisms for "civil rights").
And secondly, to be even more clear: attaching the word "culture" to the end of it shouldn't make the construct of "political correctness" any scarier. But if you're already scared of what political correctness might be doing to our country (because, again, it's a term that's been politically weaponized), then hearing about a whole culture surrounding it must sound terrifying.
But it's not terrifying. It's basic human decency.
This isn't to say that everyone who acts politically incorrectly is indecent. I'm not necessarily an awful, inhumane person if I forget to use someone's preferred pronouns when introducing them; or if I accidentally laugh at an off-color joke at a party; or if I listen to songs by musical artists who have exhibited ugly, hateful, or violent behavior.
But if I don't interrogate those things in myself--if I'm unwilling to confront my behaviors, assumptions, and even unconscious preferences--and if I get defensive when I'm called out for being problematic, then my real problem is a lack of humility.
In other words: if I dismiss criticism from marginalized folks as "politically correct nonsense" and I think my generally good character exonerates me from being thoughtlessly harmful in my [unintentionally] racist/sexist/homophobic words and actions, then I'm being arrogant. So I need to stop. And listen.
One more thing. If we're going to keep talking about "PC culture" as if it's some sort of conspiratorial movement (other than a general plea for respect, from folks who don't want to be marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed anymore), then let's address the yin to its yang. What's the opposite of a culture that encourages diversity, inclusion, and perpetual improvement of how we talk to/about each other? Well, the opposite would be a culture that discourages that sort of change: in other words, a culture that thinks it has nothing more to learn.
The opposite of "PC culture" is a culture of arrogance.