There is a difference. Political correctness is perceived discrimination against groups that is frowned on for purposes that are primarily political in nature. Socially enforced rules are not necessarily restrictions on what people should think. They're restrictions on how people are expected to behave in mixed social situations as opposed to how they might behave in the privacy of their own home. CZ, for example, has guidelines for socially acceptable behavior. They exist so that the largest number of people possible can enjoy the content the site otherwise has to offer. They exist for a good reason. I think, if you really think about it, burm. There's all sorts of 'correctness' you willingly comply with. You're a human being, and that's what we do in order to get along with other human beings. The fact that you do so is a check you put on your own behavior. It's not the state taking a right or a privilege away from you.