Re: Reality check
Further up the thread, someone linked to the case of "Brainstorming" being termed politically incorrect.
Within the results of that statement is something that really underlines your point:
> However, in the survey, 93 per cent of people with epilepsy did not find the term derogatory or offensive in any way and many felt that this sort of political correctness singled out people with epilepsy as being easily offended.
The knee-jerk "we must protect them" without giving them any say, is itself potentially offensive.
I try not to offend, and will apologise if I have legitimately offended, but I never try to judge what might and might not offend someone else beyond the bleeding obvious.