Politically Correct: A history by Kenneth Udut: “At the time, the tone was more gentle, rather like a “book of etiquette” containing a number of -isms to avoid being offensive.”

Yeah. Hampshire College, 1990. The Mouth Holyoke (or was it Smith?) College in the same town of Amherst, MA started issuing a “helpful guide” for non-offensive writing style.

I think they started distributing it in 1989, and we got it along with a bunch of other uber liberal colleges.

At the time, the tone was more gentle, rather like a “book of etiquette” containing a number of -isms to avoid being offensive.

There was talk of “safe spaces”; we had safe spaces on campus for example. The dorms were co-ed, but some floors were set aside as “women only” so that they’d be safe-spaces. I believe some men had “safe spaces” as well. They were unofficial but as long as nobody complained (nobody did), they can have their own special floors and stuff.

But, no real mention of attack, just “safe”.

Flash forward a few years and campus environments began to change. The “let’s get along” PC movement started shifting focus towards “victim empowerment” narrative that was starting to get downright “meangirl”.

and now, well, here we are. A nice idea (PC) spoiled entirely.

[PS – PC started with the military. They’ve been doing it since the late 1960s]

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