[clug] Being polite on the list - or: Geek Feminism 101

Hugh Fisher hugh.fisher at anu.edu.au
Tue Jul 21 18:06:35 MDT 2009

Eyal Lebedinsky wrote:
>> Offense is *always* in the eye of the beholder
> Yes this is true, but this does not make the other party an "offender". 
> Every
> person is responsible for themselves, their imagination and internal 
> context.
> To claim otherwise calls for some evidence that an offence was intended, 
> even
> slightly.

The intent of regulating - formally or informally - certain words
is *not* to stop people being offensive. It's to stop people from
being unintentionally offensive without realising it. If you want
to be impolite and are willing to take the consequences; fine by


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