Politically Correct

I want to speak about the « politically correct » because I think it’s very interesting to show you new special tales.

The Politically Correct avoids language that offences on social minorities. In the 70’s, there were feminist movements in the US. The terms « politically correct » and « politically correctness » became part of the language.

But the previous meaning was « in line with prevailing political thought or policy » : the politically correct is used for the political language it doesn’t refer to illiberal or discrimination.

Toni Cade, a writer, had helped to understand the politically correct. In 1970, he said in Black Woman : « A man cannot be politically correct and a chauvinist too. »

That means that politically correct is used by someone who whants to give another political point of view.

Towards 1980, the politically correct is used to speak about common opinions.

Now, it is an acceptable expression. The language control is used by this new concept.

James Finn Garner is an American xriter and a satirist based in Chicago. He is the author of Politically Correct Holiday stories, Apocalypse wow, and Politically Correct Bedtimes Stories – I’ll speak about it – published in 1994.

The author was inspired by Charles Perrault and the Grimm brothers that is why he rewrites these tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.

He imposes his points of out to his readers and implicit prejudice and discrimination found in children’s tales.

Magic and wonder don’t appear in these rewritings. Original tales are written for children and are about wonder unlike James Finn Garner’s tales which are modern rewritings. Indeed, the first title was Fairy Stories for a Modern world but it was abandonned.

To sum up, politically correct is a realistic language which allows to be aware of the present world.

To compare with the original tales of Charles Perrault, here is an extract of Little Red Riding Hood written by James Finn Garner in Politically Correct Bedtime Stories :

« On the way to Grandma’s house, Red Riding Hood was accosted by a wolf, who asked her what was in her basket. She replied, ‘Some healthful snacks for my grandmother, who is certainly capable of taking care of herself as a mature adult.’

The wolf said, ‘You know, my dear, it isn’t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone.’

Red Riding Hood said, ‘I find your sexist remark offensive in the extreme, but I will ignore it because of your traditional status as an outcast from society, the stress of which has caused you to develop your own, entirely valid, worldview. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must be on my way’. »


Hope you will like it! In my opinion, it’s tales on different way with modern stories and comic.


Work by Sarahl1 and MathildeC.

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