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December 4, 2012 8:44 AM
I say what I think. But if I did it without regard for the feelings of others, I wouldn't like myself very much.

I think it's important to express my thoughts, but find that it is better received and given more credibility if I do it with some tact. Otherwise people focus on the delivery and not the message.

At the same time, I think that people are/have gotten more sensitive, and are into re-labeling things (like "handicapped" to "differently-abled") to pander to people who, probably do not need to be pandered to (and to some degree, find it more insulting)
December 4, 2012 8:53 AM
I think both are true.

Sometimes I think we have lost our resilience and ability to roll with the punches. I am tempted to say "no one ever died from hurt feelings" but recent bullying-induced suicides indicate that this is not true. At least not true it the hurt feelings happen in a relentless and ongoing way.

On the other hand, whenever someone says "this isn't very politically correct, BUT . . ." I know something really hateful is coming. Partly I think I want to know if someone close to me is racist/sexist/homophobic/whatever so I can respond accordingly, and partly I think they should be embarrassed to make some of these comments.

Rock, meet hard place.

Re: door opening. A few decades ago I was a strong feminist, worked at a rape crisis centre, marched in protests, etc. (The seventies, what a decade.) Never had a problem with door opening, and still often hold doors for men, particularly when they have their hands full of packages. It's just good manners, no matter who is doing it.
December 4, 2012 8:53 AM
All of this, to me it's just common sense. And not being a d*ck.

Exactly. Many of the people who say society is too sensitive are just people who are insensitive jerks. What's so wrong with just being kind to one another? Is the feeling of speaking your mind with no filter, regardless of who is offended, a better feeling than knowing you're kind to people and care if they're offended?
December 4, 2012 10:13 AM
I didnt read past the title.

December 4, 2012 10:14 AM
TL;DR but, the answer is yes.
December 4, 2012 10:24 AM


December 4, 2012 10:28 AM
I truly believe that we are headed for extinction. We have gone too far in our quest to interfere with natural selection. This is merely one of the many ways we are doing it. Our ancestors were not the people who needed to be babied, who needed toys taken off the market that they MIGHT choke on, who needed warning labels and who needed laws passed to keep people from saying **** that might hurt their feelings. Those people died out and didn't make it. Our ancestors were the ones who were smart enough, strong enough, and level-headed enough to know better. Because that is what you have to be to survive. And that is why we won't.
December 4, 2012 10:29 AM
Just taking a sampling of some of the people here. YES! it is too sensitive.
December 4, 2012 10:33 AM
December 4, 2012 10:44 AM
natural selection is by far te sexiest part of evolution and humans keep interfering, this is so true. SO TRUE. Sometimes I feel like a horrible horrible person for hoping the end of the world comes, just so we can get rid of all the lazy moochers who cant maintain their own survival without it coming in a value pak from Wal-mart. but its how I feel.

Survival of the freaking fittest.

If I end up a mom, my kids are going to be upfront and kicking ass.
December 4, 2012 11:04 AM
Darwin would agree with many of these comments.
December 4, 2012 1:18 PM
Is this your cruel way of calling me fat?


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