posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 03:19 PM
Originally posted by skeptic1
Don't be nasty. Don't be hateful. Don't post something that is inflammatory enough to get you a like response. Don't be racist. Don't be
bigoted. Don't participate in personal attacks or degrading generalizations.
It isn't that hard or confusing. "Man up" isn't hate speech....it is a figure of speech.
You see? Thats the problem. Your "figure of speech" is my "degrading generalization." And lets not forget that the "n-word" was a commonly
accepted descriptive term at one time. Just because it is still more acceptable in the US to bash women and make derogatory statements about them
doesnt mean it isnt derogatory.
I have had an "inflammatory reaction" from posting a pretty dry and emotionless statement of accepted scientific opinion here, so using the reaction
I get isnt viable.
What worries me is that we all have a very similar view on "hate speech."
What we really think is hate speech is "Speech we hate."
And that would be a counter productive road to go down.