The term "political correctness" has been around just about as long as I have been around in the communication business. "Political correctness" became a pejorative term in about 1991. I went to work at Ragan Communications in 1992, during a time when Bill Bennett, Bill Safire and Bills everywhere had identified "P.C." as the great American bogey person.
I've been conflicted about the term ever since. After about a quarter century, as we seem to be talking about it a lot again for some reason, I think I've figured it out.
As a person, it sucks that you can't just express your anger every time you are contradicted or confused, and have every one of your friends and enemies say, "Hellz to the yeah!"
And as a writer, you want to believe there's a good reason you haven't yet written a mind-blowing manifesto based on the ideas already in your head that has changed a nation's thinking on war and peace and love and race.
It's nice to think that the reason you haven't shaken the world is that what you'd like to say is simply "politically incorrect."
Much more likely, the problem is that what you want to say is: simplistic, dumb, insensitive, rude, mean, irrelevant, unoriginal, unhelpful or all of the above.
How do I know this? Imagine if what you were saying was brilliant, thoughtful, tactful, genuinely insightful and constructive on the crucial issues of our time. Do you think it could be dismissed as "politically incorrect"?