Going Further With Political Correctness
Anyone who’s watched the Netflix series Sex Education will know that like a great many of its contemporary entertainments it is primarily a tick-the-diversity-box exercise and only secondarily a light comedy about teens discovering themselves. In the Politically Correct world of Sex Education an astonishing number of teens are transexual, bisexual, homosexual, obese, and/or representative of an ethnic minority far exceeding their real-world presence in British s schools. For those of a Politically Correct disposition this is a cause for celebration; evidently adequate representation can only be achieved by over-representation.
A great many British entertainments have gone down this path in recent years. Doctor Who became a byword not for well-intentioned Timelords and scary adversaries but for a similar tick-the-diversity-box mentality. If I watched more entertainments I’d doubtless be able to list more examples, but for the purposes of this article the two mentioned above will suffice.
To be clear: I do think that it’s useful for the entertainments ordinary people spend so much of their life consuming to represent society as a whole. It’s healthy for us to be exposed to different lifestyles and different approaches to sexuality. What is not healthy, however, is to create unrealistic or undesirable pseudo-norms in order to score Political Correctness points. Pretending in the 2020s that the vast majority of people are transgender or transexual or gay is as disingenuous and as damaging as the generic sitcoms of the 1960s through to the 1980s in which nearly everyone was white and middle-class. I’m a firm believer in inclusivity, but I don’t much care for falsification. Anyone who claims that over-representation today is necessary to compensate for under-representation yesterday is either being disingenuous or is dangerously stupid.
What is worse than merely skewing our perception of demographics, however, is the fact our Politically Correct era seeks to normalize things that really should not be normalized because they are profoundly harmful. We no longer tolerate entertainments that promote smoking but today’s media organizations fall over themselves to promote obesity so as to…