I have been told me I am easily offended or I let what others say bother me too much.
How did this ever became an excuse for people throwing insulting comments at me?!
Plus, I don’t think this is true at all.
How could I be?
I am not a feminist.
I (fake) laugh at not funny racist jokes.
I am a vegetarian by my own choice, but I don’t promote it.
If you haven’t been sleeping under a rock, you might have noticed that the world in general is in fact easily offended by many silly things.
Back in my teenage years, I had a friend who once decided to cut her hair short.
It didn’t turn out great and she cried for days.
Until we found a hair dresser who suggested dreadlocks.
You might remember them, the multi colored ones.
They were totally cool in the 00’s.
The kids at school, even the mean ones, said it looked great.
Try doing this as a white female nowadays.
You’ll be accused of being culturally inappropriate.
Another example was when I wrote an email to someone about “me and my partner” had this and that as a future plan.
I liked the term boyfriend for the first year of our relationship.
But I always knew he would never stay my boyfriend.
Boyfriend sounds too much like a highschool crush, rather than the serious relationship Jasper and I have.
When I talked to the person, he asked me “I hope it’s not a rude question, but can you tell something about your “partner”? Are you in a lesbian relationship?”
I grinned, loudly.
For many, this might be a very insulting question.
But I assumed he was just interested.
Nothing about the whole conversation indicated that he was a rude person.
I saved the best example for last 😉
The other day when I was teaching, I mentioned “erection of the tower”.
The class, full of men, reacted with “Wow stop. You know you’re not allowed to say that anymore, do you?!”.
Another grin from my side.
Back when I started working for the Wind Power industry, installation of the Turbine in fact was called “erection”.
I guess it does partly sound odd, but after some time it becomes very normal to say that.
UNTIL, feminist started interfering.
An email was sent out to all mayor Wind companies to stop using the word “erection” and say “installation” instead.
All these examples make my eyes roll.
So me being easily offended?
I don’t think so.
What do you think about the examples I wrote down here? Would you be offended by any of them?
Are you easily offended? And what would you be offended by?
Do you think you insult anyone by your regular behavior?