I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
So what is offensive?
1. causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: offensive television commercials.
2. unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense: an offensive odor.
3. repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting: an offensive remark; an offensive joke.
4. pertaining to offense or attack: the offensive movements of their troops.
5. characterized by attack
Is something offensive to all and the same?
They are merely words and not directed at anyone, it was/is a general statement. We each bring what we think they mean by the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and passions we harbor deep inside ourselves. We give the words meaning by what we think they mean.
Treating everyone fair doesn't mean treating everyone the same.
Just because the world does not look the same to others as it does to you does not mean they cannot see. It means they see things differently, from different perspectives and interpreted by knowledge, experience, and ideas of which you may know little or be unable to comprehend.
If you don’t use a word properly doesn’t automatically make it offensive! Self-perception does not equal reality.
And if something is offensive and it was done out of ignorance or unknowingly does it still come with the same reaction?
Remember expressing a positive doesn’t equal an implied negative or transient properties. Much like saying “I like warm sunny summer days” doesn’t mean you hate cool autumn days.
You can read whatever you want into what I wrote, but I meant nothing more than what I wrote.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to offend anyone- you choose to be offended!
Everyone has the right to offend, or be offended for that matter. Should or shouldn't isn't an issue. Offensiveness is subjective anyway.
The right to use offensive language falls under the right to freedom of speech, which means that one has a right to speak free from interference, suppression, or punitive action by the government.
People seem to be incredibly whiny and take offense at the drop of a hat these days.
It is interesting how the whole idea of tolerance has changed. It used to mean that you could hold strong views but you also respected the right of someone to say something you disagreed with. Now it seems to mean that every view and way of life is right (there are no absolutes), apart from any view which calls into question any other view or way of life.
I think all humans have the right to offend and nobody has the right not to be offended. I strongly believe that too many people play the "I-am-offended - card" in order to keep things they find unpleasant out of their life. You are offended, well deal with it. It does not stop me from offending you.
People go to watch comedians, and they're allowed to be offensive. People go to watch musicians who are allowed to be offensive in their lyrics (look up some death metal if you don't believe me). And yet people read newspapers and have such higher expectations of journalists?
We lose the right of free speech if we don't uphold someone's right to offend in the written word.
No one is forcing people to read such apparently "offensive" articles, after all.
What people seem to forget is that in a system of free speech and democracy, you do not have the right to NOT be offended?
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt, "This Is My Story,” 1937