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Sun Mar 16, 2014, 06:03 AM

I want to ban the word "sensitive".

I want to ban the word sensitive for boys and men.

Silly? Well tell me this: Why is it that when a boy or man shows human empathy, he is called a "sensitive boy/man".

Do you ever hear girls being called "sensitive" if they display that level of humanity? No, it is just assumed to be normal.

So my solution? Ban the word. That will solve the problem.

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Reply I want to ban the word "sensitive". (Original post)
Bonobo Mar 2014 OP
Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #1
Bonobo Mar 2014 #2
Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #3
Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #4
In_The_Wind Mar 2014 #5
Doctor_J Mar 2014 #6
malthaussen Mar 2014 #7
Exultant Democracy Mar 2014 #8
nomorenomore08 Mar 2014 #9
CFLDem Mar 2014 #10

Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 06:06 AM

1. But that's like half my conversation with my dentist.

At least, in a bad month.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 06:10 AM

2. You can just grunt and point instead. nt

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Response to Bonobo (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 06:11 AM

3. That's the REALLY bad month.

When I start with the low guttural growls, all bets are off.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 06:12 AM

4. In all seriousness. It's sort of a silly word, I agree.

I mean I don't necessarily take it as having an inherent bad or good connotation, but I'm pretty literal with language.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 07:47 AM

5. Wait a minute; I like my manly man to be sensitive also.

It doesn't work for me unless he is both.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 07:51 AM

6. we'll take it under advisement IF you provide a substitute

 

What should we call such a boy, to distinguish him from WDM's tooth?

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 08:55 AM

7. You're too sensitive. n/t

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sun Mar 16, 2014, 10:50 AM

8. So it doesn't work if you post it here. You have to wait until someone post an upworthy

or some such with a sensitive kid. Then you can make your statement an attack on the people who didn't know sensitive was on our new list of words to ban. First rule of new DU is that the language police are always on attack.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Fri Mar 21, 2014, 05:08 AM

9. Depends what they're sensitive *to*, I suppose.

Being sensitive to others' feelings and needs? (Nearly) always a good thing.

Being sensitive to any criticism or perceived slight? Generally not good.

But otherwise I agree with your main point. Empathy/sympathy should be expected of any decent human.

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Response to Bonobo (Original post)

Sat Mar 22, 2014, 12:02 AM

10. I agree that sensitive is pejorative

 

when used to describe a man.
It's probably one of the most socially ostracizing And emasculating things one can say.

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