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Not a day goes by when I don't see someone or some group of people offended, outraged or disgusted by something or another.

Whether it's a prude parent offended by a boob shot 10 minutes before the watershed; a Guardianista having convulsions over something "racist" (when it's really not); a theist seething with rage of the satire of their religion or the Daily Mail being outraged by a teacher who also works part time as a pole dancer - there always seems to be something we like to get ourselves worked up about.

Sure there are things which are genuinely offensive, but have we become a nation of thin-skinned wimps - always looking for something to be offended by? Is there now a professional class of The Offended who make it their life's work to express their outrage at everything?

Surely we should focus on more important things.
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No I don't see what wrong about getting offended. Believe what you want
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(Original post by Lady Comstock)
Not a day goes by when I don't see someone or some group of people offended, outraged or disgusted by something or another.

Whether it's a prude parent offended by a boob shot 10 minutes before the watershed; a Guardianista having convulsions over something "racist" (when it's really not); a theist seething with rage of the satire of their religion or the Daily Mail being outraged by a teacher who also works part time as a pole dancer - there always seems to be something we like to get ourselves worked up about.

Sure there are things which are genuinely offensive, but have we become a nation of thin-skinned wimps - always looking for something to be offended by? Is there now a professional class of The Offended who make it their life's work to express their outrage at everything?

Surely we should focus on more important things.

Depends, if you make fun of someone for something they can't help versus something they can help. That's the difference.

If they can't help looking the way they look, then it's not ok to poke fun at them, because it hurts them emotionally in a profound way.



Talking of wimps, i think a man who doesn't help a person in a victim type situation is a WIMP tbh.
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People spend their time chasing empty issues instead of focusing on real ones, yes.
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Depends, if you make fun of someone for something they can't help versus something they can help. That's the difference.

If they can't help looking the way they look, then it's not ok to poke fun at them, because it hurts them emotionally in a profound way.



Talking of wimps, i think a man or a woman who doesn't help a person in a victim type situation is a WIMP tbh.
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There's nothing wrong with people being offended. What's wrong is that people thinks they have the right not to be offended.
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Saying "that black guy" in public would start WW3.
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People get offended really easily, I ridicule these people.
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in sort yes we are.
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I think the words "offended, offensive" have been overused.

Everyone has the right to be offended, but that doesn't mean that anyone else has to give a ****, and it definitely doesn't mean that you are right.

I also think that as the UK becomes more integrated and we incorporate more cultures into our society that we are prone to be overly morally outraged or politically correct, sometimes at the expense of our own values.
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In response to the OP - I don't think we're particularly easily offended (or more than in the past). I DO think that causing offense is something that most people would hate to do (and avoid at all costs). The stereotypical "politeness" of brits holds true to some extent (especially within the media) - add to that that minority groups might feel more empowered to point out when someone is causing offense inadvertantly and a bunch of people who seem to think being called out as saying something racist or sexist is an attack rather than a request to be more thoughtful in future and it's easy to think people are getting more touchy.

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I know that words like retard, mong and spaz are commonly used as the go to insult (so common that the TSR community team have made it clear they don't see it as something to moderate in the same way that they would moderate casual use of racist or sexist slurs) but the downside is they're also used to bully and victimise disabled people (and the people who love them) - often people who aren't able to defend themselves. http://bottomface.com/2013/08/28/abl...eist-language/ explains the sort of hurt and pain this casual use of disablist terms causes.
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There's nothing wrong with people being offended. What's wrong is that people thinks they have the right not to be offended.
I agree, but do we have the right to offend?
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(Original post by Lady Comstock)
Not a day goes by when I don't see someone or some group of people offended, outraged or disgusted by something or another.

Whether it's a prude parent offended by a boob shot 10 minutes before the watershed; a Guardianista having convulsions over something "racist" (when it's really not); a theist seething with rage of the satire of their religion or the Daily Mail being outraged by a teacher who also works part time as a pole dancer - there always seems to be something we like to get ourselves worked up about.

Sure there are things which are genuinely offensive, but have we become a nation of thin-skinned wimps - always looking for something to be offended by? Is there now a professional class of The Offended who make it their life's work to express their outrage at everything?

Surely we should focus on more important things.
How dare you; that's just mean :cry2:
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I agree, but do we have the right to offend?
If you don't have the right to offend you don't have the right to say or do anything. Anything can be offensive.
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There's nothing wrong with people being offended.
But surely it's "wrong" to be offended to the point of irrationality, i.e. being offended by things which really shouldn't warrant such a reaction?
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But surely it's "wrong" to be offended to the point of irrationality, i.e. being offended by things which really shouldn't warrant such a reaction?
As the offender, you shouldn't be offended by the other person's irrational offence and move on.
Problem solved.
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But surely it's "wrong" to be offended to the point of irrationality, i.e. being offended by things which really shouldn't warrant such a reaction?
It's unwise, sure. Don't see why it would be morally wrong.
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It's unwise, sure. Don't see why it would be morally wrong.
Indeed, but I suppose a group of people who don't waste time worrying about being offended by each other/have harder skins are going to be more productive and harmonious.
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If you don't have the right to offend you don't have the right to say or do anything. Anything can be offensive.
Agreed, also it may be difficult to differentiate between intended offence and something else. e.g. referring to someone as "black", or referring to someone as a n.. well, I'm not black enough to say that word.
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The problem is this country seems to get offended by something...once the Daily Mail has picked it up and ran it as a story. Remember Sachsgate? That show aired WEEKS before The Daily Mail discovered it and the next thing that happens is Brand/Ross are being sacked.
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