Over Sensitivity in our Culture

One thing that really annoys me these days is how people will overreact to just about anything you say that has a shred of controversy in it. We live in a culture where nobody wants to offend anybody else, and anything you say or do can be twisted in order to make you look bad. You can’t even make jokes anymore without offending people. Three of the biggest issues that create over sensitivity are race, sexual orientation, and gender.

One of the groups that probably annoys me more than anyone else in the world is feminists. They want women to have all the exact same privileges as men, but overlook that men don’t have many of the privileges that women have. There are some situations where it just makes sense to separate me and women, bathrooms being an obvious example. Only allowing men to do certain things and only allowing women to do certain things is not sexist, it is just common sense based on the physical and psychological differences of each gender. There are certainly basic rights that both genders deserve, but there are also things that get blown way out of proportion. Examples include claiming the WWII sailor photo was sexual assault, criticizing valentine’s day because it treats women like objects that can be bought with chocolate and candy, and essentially wanting to ban modeling as a career because it objectifies women. Oversensitivity. Overreaction. No Common Sense.

The second issue is race and racism. Saying that someone has less worth because of their race is clearly wrong; distinguishing a person in a crowd by their race is not. Race is just a physical feature that we can use to identify someone. Saying “the black kid” is no different from saying “the tall kid” or “the kid with blue eyes.” These are all physical features and nowhere in any of those statements is it implied that the person is better or worse because of their feature. Certain stereotypes of races are also considered very racist, but I would argue that it is again an overreaction. Black people tend to be better at basketball than white people, Asians tend to have better math skills than Americans, and Mexicans tend to have a lower income than Americans. These are just facts of life that have developed based on certain circumstances and cultural upbringings. It is not a negative thing to point these out. You should always be cautious with stereotypes, but not because they are derogatory, but because it is wrong to assume.

Finally, there is the issue of sexual orientation and the LGBTQ community. At no point in my lifetime when I have used the word gay did I even remotely think about it as an offending word to homosexuals. There are many words in the English language that have multiple meanings. Gay means happy, gay means homosexual, and gay has come to mean stupid as well. Saying that a video game is gay wouldn’t even make sense in the other meanings, so how could it possibly be offensive? If saying gay offends homosexuals, than how come it doesn’t offend happy people? In order to be perfectly clear, there are lines to be drawn in terms of words that are offensive or not offensive. Calling someone black is not offensive, but calling someone the n-word is offensive. Calling someone gay is not offensive, but calling them a fag is offensive. Saying the phrase no homo is not offensive. Since when does not being a homosexual offend homosexuals? Over sensitivity. Over reaction. No common sense.

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One Response to Over Sensitivity in our Culture

  1. Christopher Reed says:

    I appreciated your article; but I think one of the main reasons that this is such a hot-button topic for people is two-pronged. You have people on one side simplifying a complex issue, and on the other side you have people complicating simple matters. Is there a level playing field? I’m afraid I’d have to say with all certainty, no. Does raising awareness, protesting, and rioting solve these issues? Absolutely not. There’s enough blame to go around indefinitely, but finger-pointing and conflict resolution are not the same things. The American economy, crime, and unemployment affect everyone; regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Keep in mind that sensitivity is most often learned behavior. You can ask a lot of people, but you can’t make someone care about something if they don’t. What I mean by that is when people complain or become angry about an issue, what’s truly important is the cause. How does the issue personally affect the individual? How can you be angry if you don’t understand what you’re angry about? I always say that if you can’t defend your point, then you don’t have one. I’m not trying to put victims on trial, but in many cases, once you look beneath the surface all you’re left with is bandwagon/pack mentality.

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