PC Compass

I was experimenting with online quiz makers, and this one evolved into something more than I’d intended. I post it below for any who wish to take it. I’m not going to be disingenuous and say there are no wrong answers, for I obviously believe there are, and I designed the quiz on that premise. Have at it, and score yourself at the bottom. Or, if you want the computer to score you, take the quiz directly here.

1. Racism is prejudice plus power; prejudice alone is not racism.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

2. The classic film Song of the South should be released on DVD and for streaming, irrespective of claims that it promotes the myth of the happy slave.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

3. The terms “biologically male” and “biologically female” are problematic descriptors, which should be dropped in favor of “designated male at birth” or “designated female at birth”.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

4. Promoting safe spaces in an academic environment does more harm than help to a student’s intellect.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

5. How do you feel about this image? (Click to enlarge)

 

a. Deeply offensive
b. Inappropriate
c. Mildly amusing
d. Genuinely funny

6. To say that Islam is a religion of violence is bigoted.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

7. Whether one says “Merry Christmas” or “Happy holidays” doesn’t matter. It’s the thought of well-wishing that counts.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

8. It’s inappropriate for Caucasians to wear dreadlocks, for non-Scots to wear kilts, and for whites to wear Native American headdresses.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

9. Literary and/or cinematic figures like Paul Atreides (Dune), Danaerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones), and Neo (The Matrix) are “white saviors” whose narratives reinforce an implied superiority of whites over non-whites.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

10. Consider the following image, in which Jesus is high-fiving Moses, as they’re jacked off by Ganesha, who in turn pounds Buddha up the ass:

How do you feel about the absence of Muhammad from this image?

a. Approve the absence of Muhammad. People should not draw pictures of Muhammad, because it provokes Muslims to kill. To a large degree, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who were assassinated got what they asked for.

b. Doesn’t faze me.

c. Dismayed by the typical exemption of Muhammad from pictorial satires. Western liberals are reinforcing Islamic blasphemy laws when they do this. Standing for free expression isn’t a provocation (much less a bigotry or phobia) but a moral obligation.

11. While a private business owner (like a baker) must provide equal access to all products and commodities (so as not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, or sexual orientation), the private business owner should be under no obligation to create or design a product in a way that violates his or her conscience or religious beliefs (such as wedding cakes for gay couples).

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

12. A person’s biological sex isn’t objectively bimodal; it’s subjectively determined by the individual, and on a spectrum.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

13. It is wrong-headed to criticize a particular religion and claim that it is more dangerous and oppressive than other religions. All religions have the same potential for good and harm.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

14. The word “bitch” should be used (in a name-calling sense) only by women or transgendered people, as a reclaimed term in referring to their close friends.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

15. How do you feel about this image? (Click to enlarge)

a. A mesmerizing piece of art
b. Fine with it
c. A bit sexist
d. Extremely sexist

16. Comedies like All in the Family and South Park are funny precisely because they are so offensive, by their satirical use of sexist, racist, and homophobic slurs.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

17. The theory that women’s rape fantasies reflect a need to surrender to male dominance is sexist.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

18. Consider the following statement made by a film critic: “I have blind spots when it comes to historical dramas.” The critic’s statement is offensive for its use of ableist language.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

19. Hate speech should be protected by law.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

20. A man should generally defer to a woman’s opinion on gender and abortion issues, and a white person should generally defer to a person of color’s opinion on racial issues.

a. Strongly agree
b. Agree
c. Disagree
d. Strongly disagree

 

Assign points to your answers as follows

1.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

Racism doesn’t require a power imbalance to be what it is.

2.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

The Song of the South is a cherished classic, and there’s no reason for the company to not meet the demands of its consumers who have been long awaiting its release. Even if it promotes a myth, so what? The market is flooded with films that promote wrong or bad ideas.

3.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

The terms “biologically male” and “biologically female” are objectively valid categories.

4.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

Safe spaces are anathema to a healthy undergraduate environment. College is the place to have one’s beliefs questioned and mercilessly skewered, to prepare for the real world, and to cultivate a healthy intellect.

5.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

In the image shown, Ben Carson is being satirized more for his ideas than for his skin color.

6.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

Saying that Islam is a religion of violence, regardless of how accurate that claim is (I believe it is accurate), does not constitute bigotry. Bigotry is about people. And just as no people are beneath dignity, no idea is above scrutiny. Especially when it comes to religious ideas.

7.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

Consider the spirit in which things are said, and you’ll get through life a lot happier.

8.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

Of all the PC tropes, none is more sadly absurd than “cultural appropriation”. If one adopts certain elements of another culture, then wonderful. No one needs the blessing of the people who belong to that culture, anymore than someone from that culture needs any vice-versa blessings.

9.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

In the examples listed, the heroic figures do not reinforce the negative tropes of white savior narratives. Had different heroes been listed — such as John Dunbar from Dances With Wolves, Nathan Algren from The Last Samurai, and Jake Sully from Avatar — that would be a different matter.

10.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +2 points

This also calls to mind the South Park creators, who got away with depicting Muhammad (alongside Moses, Joseph Smith, Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna) in season 5 (top image), but were later required by Comedy Central to block him out with a bar labelled “censored” in season 14 (bottom image).

11.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

The Supreme Court correctly decided (7-2) that a private business owner cannot be compelled to create or design a product in a particular way. The atheist bakers in question could refuse to design wedding cakes decorated with homophobic sayings, and the Christian baker in question could refuse to design a wedding cake decorated for a gay couple’s union. If you don’t like the fact that a business owner doesn’t create or design products in a particular way that you want, then tough rocks. Go elsewhere.

12.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

If a biological female can declare herself to be a man, then I, as a human being, can just as easily declare myself to be a member of a different species. Those who believe that sex isn’t bimodal live in a world of alternative facts. Gender may be a social construct, but biology is biology.

13.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

The claim that all religious systems have equal potential for good and harm makes about as much sense as the idea that all political systems — capitalism, communism, fascism, socialism — have equivalent potential. Ideas matter, and the ideas across different systems can vary dramatically.

14.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

Reclaimed words set a problematic double standard.

15.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

Pornography itself doesn’t reduce women (or men) to sex objects. It highlights an aspect of women (or men), and in this sense similar to fashion modeling. If a drawing like this is seen as sexist, the problem lies with the viewer, not the art.

16.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

Praise All in the Family, which did as much for the cause of social progressives in the ’70s as the hippie movement did in the ’60s. It was genuinely funny, because it was allowed to be funny, and to push the bounds as satire must. South Park is similar.

17.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

To whatever degree evolutionary theory accounts for rape fantasies (on which see here, theory #7 out of 9), claims about dominance and submissiveness being hardwired in our genes are devoid of value judgment and are thus not sexist. They only become sexist when the objective claims are used to justify or excuse sexist behavior.

18.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

I almost didn’t include this question, because it’s rather hard to take seriously, but there you have it. (One person I tested the quiz on thought it was so dumb it should be removed, and he was probably right.)

19.

a = +2 points
b = +1 point
c = -1 point
d = -2 points

Hate speech has to be legal for many reasons: (1) One person’s hate speech is another’s protest against oppression and social injustice (witness Aayan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz). (2) What is deemed hateful is often not hateful at all, but simply disagreeable opinions that are unpopular and inconvenient. (3) Even when something is genuinely hateful, and there is wide agreement about it, it is terrible policy to silence or criminalize it, as it only makes martyrs of the bigots who are being denied the basic right to speak their minds. (4) On general principle, the solution to hateful ideas isn’t silencing or criminalizing, but countering them with better ideas, and to set a good example in a free society.

20.

a = -2 points
b = -1 point
c = +1 point
d = +2 points

Minorities don’t get to pull rank like this. As a member of the LGBT community, I may have first-hand insights to LGBT issues that a straight person would miss, but I should not as a rule be deferred to by a straight person on LGBT issues. We should all listen to a multitude of voices and treat each other’s arguments on their merits.

 

The Score Chart

Score Profile
31 to 40
Not a PC bone in your body
21 to 30
Solidly anti-PC
11 to 20 PC skeptic
-10 to 10
PC as often as not
-20 to -11
PC friendly
-30 to -21
Proudly PC
-40 to -31
PC to the core

(My score: +36)

3 thoughts on “PC Compass

  1. One could argue that the “Uncle Bens” picture is offensive because it attacks a black man specifically because they see him as not being “black enough”

    I also don’t understand question 16 because All in the Family isn’t funny

    • My first comment was before taking the test, but I must state that I misunderstood what they were getting at on a few of the questions.

      The South Park/All in the Family question was worded, at least in my mind, to say that these shows derive all of their comedy from racial slurs and the such. There are more aspects to their comedy than just bigoted terms. So I actually answered disagree. I scored a -1 with that answer, but I do believe that it is the satire in South Park that makes it so funny, so I could have said Strongly Agree here

      The Ben Carson box of rice is a way to call him an “Uncle Tom”. I certainly didn’t find this to be “genuinely funny” nor did I find it extremely offensive either. I thought it was just stupid.

      The only other one that I didn’t score a +2 on was the Merry Christmas one, I just said “agree” which is a +1

      • I must state that I misunderstood what they were getting at on a few of the questions.

        Just to be clear, I was the one who designed this quiz, so any lack of clarity is my fault!

        One could argue that the “Uncle Bens” picture is offensive because it attacks a black man specifically because they see him as not being “black enough”

        In the scoring answers, I said that Ben Carson was being satirized not for his race but for his ideas, but I probably should have said that he was being satirized primarily for his ideas. There is the race element as you say, but it’s subordinate to the political elements.

        The South Park/All in the Family question was worded, at least in my mind, to say that these shows derive all of their comedy from racial slurs and the such. There are more aspects to their comedy than just bigoted terms. So I actually answered disagree. I scored a -1 with that answer, but I do believe that it is the satire in South Park that makes it so funny, so I could have said Strongly Agree here

        Yes, there’s more to these shows than just the bigoted slurs. I was focusing on that element, because that’s what many of the woke crowd object to as being offensive. All in the Family was almost not released on DVD because of PC protests.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s