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September 15, 2016

How to Be Politically Correct

by Susan Roberts

cover of TRUMPED
"Politically correct" is a bit of a misnomer—it isn't about being right, it's about being respectful and considerate. Being politically correct means that you avoid expressions and actions that may exclude, marginalize, or offend a particular group of people. The term first became popular during the 1970s and 1980s.  Political correctness has an important purpose: it promotes equality by demonstrating an understanding that all people and groups are valuable to society regardless of race, culture, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  Some people today feel that political correctness in language not only destroys meaning but also demeans the people who are meant to be protected.  What is your opinion?

NOTE:  This book is NOT about Donald Trump - instead it refers to a trump card a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage.

TRUMPED! is full of examples of things that people wish they could say in situations instead of being politically correct and saying things that they don't really mean.  It is divided up by Marriage, Dating, Advice, Strategies, Socializing, Business, Body & Mind and Philosophical. Here is an example of being politically correct from this book

COMMENCEMENT The high school graduation ceremony had just ended and the recent graduates were mingling in the foyer outside the gym where the ceremony took place...These were the best years of our lives - nothing will ever come close said one graduate through his tears.  BEING POLITICAL CORRECT:  These were wonderful years where we learned about the world and about ourselves and made lifelong friends that we will never forget.  BEING BRUTALLY HONEST:  If these were the best years of our lives, we're in serious trouble.

I found the book very humorous to read, even though I know that I am too kind to use most of these remarks.  As the author says at the end of the book - the only people who are truthful 100% of the time are children, drunks, and idiots.  So even though the book was laugh out loud funny with some of the advice, it is about comments that we often think but are afraid to say out loud.  My advice is to read TRUMPED for some good laughs.

cover of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
I didn't read Politically Correct Bedtime Stories but if you are looking for more political correct humor this one looks good. here is the description from Amazon:

In a collection guaranteed to provoke both laughter and thought, 14 timeless fairy tales are revisited and reworked to become relevant fables for more modern times. These hilarious adaptations satirize and sanitize the sexist, racist, nationalist, ageist, sizeist, ethnocentrist  biases of classic bedtime stories. Familiar exploits of beloved characters are related from a respectful, prejudice-free perspective: the Emperor is no longer naked in his new clothes but “is endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle,” Snow White escapes to the cottage of “seven vertically-challenged men,” and Goldilocks is an ambitious scientist studying anthropomorphic bears. With a redesigned jacket and a previously unpublished story, this expanded edition is sure to appeal to readers of multiple generations who find political correctness is as topical as ever.

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Susan Roberts, reviewer. Susan lives in NC when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband love to travel, garden and help take care of their grandson.  Susan reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on Facebook.

Book info for TRUMPED!
available formats: ebook and print (116 pages)
published: April 2016 by Sweet Memories Publishing
ISBN13: 9780976271840
genres: humor
a free ebook was provided by the publisher for this review

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