Person A: Something you said offended me.
Person B: Well, I always say stuff like that. It's the same as this other thing I always say!
Person A: Except no, it isn't. Let me spend some of my time patiently explaining to you why you have committed culture fail.
Person C: It's ironic that you speak out against oppression under such circumstances, Person B. I'm from the same cultural group as Person A and I was offended too, and look, two others in this thread are also saying it. What you said wasn't cool.
Person D: O rly, Person C? Well, let me tell you all about your culture. Don't forget to take notes! Also, I shall pretend I'm being tactful here and not at all an utter douche.
Person B: I can't handle this! I'm going to chastise Person C for not waiting for me to acknowledge what I should have acknowledged without demanding explanations from the offended party. Then I shall freeze the thread and let Person D's failtastic comment stand. GOODBYE!
...wow. I opened that post yesterday before posting about the LJ gender situation, intending to link it, but the minute I saw "Moscow" used by an American to refer to LJ's overlords, I hit the back button because yeah, DO NOT WANT. This morning I went back to look at the comments to see what else people have been hearing from LJ. Note to self: don't do that in the future.
Really, people: IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU YOU'VE OFFENDED THEIR RACE/CULTURE/LANGUAGE/SEXUAL ORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY/WHATEVER, DON'T FUCKING GET DEFENSIVE. APOLOGISE IF YOU DIDN'T MEAN TO OFFEND OR CHASE THEM OUT IF YOU DID MEAN TO OFFEND. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND. YOU ARE NOT OWED A FUCKING EXPLANATION FOR WHY THEY WERE OFFENDED. CHRIST ON A MOTHERFUCKING TRICYCLE.
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Well, at least LJ appears to be saying that they aren't going to force people to choose between two genders, so slight/partial win somewhat exists in today. Maybe. /o\
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