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    Let's make this showy! raz's Avatar
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    Default But calling me Oriental - offensive to me!

    If you get the quote....then, yeah. Definition:
    of·fend

     /əˈfɛnd/ Show Spelled[uh-fend]
    –verb (used with object) 1. to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.

    2. to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.

    3. to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).

    4. to hurt or cause pain to.

    5. (in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.

    This term confuses me. I hear it so often. People in casual talk say it. Warnings in movies and tv shows say it. In fact, warnings everywhere possibly say it. But, me, I don't understand it. Never once in my life have I said to someone, "That offends me!"

    I've always thought of it as being, "Saying or doing something that goes against someone's personal morals and/or beliefs" So, like, sexual things, racism, gender, nationality, etc. Harassment in that sense. I mean, is it also when you say something and it triggers negative emotions in someone? I mean, there are things like that for me, but I wouldn't go as far as to tell someone that what they say offends or bothers me. I mean, I can't control what other people say, so if something bothers me, it's up to me resolve it.

    I'm just really trying to understand what this idea means. I've always known when I should avoid "offensive" things, but I could never figure out if it applied to me because I didn't get bothered by normal everyday offensive things. I'm just thinking out loud. Any takers are welcome.


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    I really couldn't care less if someone calls me that. It's just outdated and really old fashioned so it might be offensive to some.

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    What's appropriate now? Asian? The only thing I've wondered about that is that Asia covers a pretty wide variety of areas and people groups. I think most people think of China, Japan, Korea and surrounding smaller countries when they hear that term, but it still seems kind of vague and inexact.

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    My post was regarding offense in general. The quote was just a joke, lol.


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    I know, sorry about the tangent. I just wanted to know.

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    South Asian and East Asian I assume is what is currently politically correct ?
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    I thought Oriental and Orientalism referred to the Middle East?
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    Re: offense, from what you say, I guess you just don't care that much what other people think about you or how they judge you so you aren't offended.
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    I'm also confused. Are you suggesting that everyone has or should have the same level of sensitivity or insensitivity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbah View Post
    I thought Oriental and Orientalism referred to the Middle East?
    yeah areas that used to be persia, asia minor.
    but later it extended even more far east.

    some people find it offensive and some don't.
    some only use the term to refer to objects and not people.

    the connotations and use of the term varies on personal preference.
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