Are we too easily offended?
I bet I hear or see that someone’s been offended by something almost daily. It got me thinking, are people really insensitive and the world is getting meaner, or are more and more people just too easily offended nowadays?
I’m going to go with the latter. I give myself headache some days with all the eye-rolling I do whilst scrolling through social media. I actually think people are sometimes offended about some things that actually don’t even offend them, but it’s their knee-jerk reaction to take offence.
I’m going to use Dads as an example, because I am one so it’s easier. I read a while back that some guy was offended by the midwife. He was offended because he and his wife had visited their midwife together yet he felt the midwife constantly addressed his wife via eye contact throughout the meeting leaving him feeling like a spare part despite his plea he’s as much a parent as the Mum.
One question for this guy, do you have a life growing inside of you? Rhetorical question because we know you haven’t. This would mean that most of the information midwives have, is directed at the Mums because it’s their bodies and emotions that are going through the mill. I attended every meeting when Donetta was pregnant and didn’t notice this but had I noticed it wouldn’t offend me, it makes sense.
Another one that sent my eyes into the back of my head, is when people get offended by slogans referring to Dads having guns and shovels ready for when their daughters start dating. Some of the comments I’ve read are amazing, amazingly ridiculous!! One guy said that Dads who think these are funny must have a weird and unhealthy relationship with their daughters to not want them to date. Sorry WHAT???
The meaning of these slogans, gifs or whatever you want to call them, is that basically you want to keep your daughter safe from being hurt emotionally once entering the world of relationships. It’s inevitable it will happen anyway, who hasn’t been hurt or hurt someone throughout their lives. I think it’s weird that you wouldn’t want to protect your kids emotions for as long as possible, whilst realising you can’t forever.
Has anyone told their daughters boyfriend they will murder them if they mess your kid around and then actually done it? Thinking about it, I’m sure there will have been a few cases but come on people most of what’s online isn’t meant as facts or promises, some things are just an innocent joke.
Mums are portrayed by the majority of society as better parents than Dads. This is a fact and is something that is changing albeit slowly. However I see far too many Dads being offended by things that suggest this notion. Changing facilities only in the women’s toilets at restaurants etc, this needs changing, that’s common sense. But, be careful of the line between genuine things that need to change and things that you’re just being too touchy about.
Man up! Or woman up… Best add that, I wouldn’t want to offend anyone 😉
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