I love my little rangas. It is not meant with offence. It is cute little nick name here, much like little piggy or fatty woooo.
I think it can be used negatively like everything, but it isnt meant that way here.
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07-06-2012 07:01 #61
07-06-2012 07:16 #62
The logical statement would be: Someone might call my child X, so I will call them X to prepare them for this. If don't agree with the logic of this statement, then you need to rethink your position.
07-06-2012 07:27 #63
Can I ask the people who think ranga is offensive because it is essentially comparing your child to that of an orangutan, I call my dd "my little monkey" as a nickname (she has brown hair....but then again so do monkeys) and I AM calling her a monkey when I say that yet nobody finds that offensive. Why?
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07-06-2012 07:34 #64
As I said, I don't consider "ranga" any more offensive than "carrot-top"; there's nothing inherently bad about carrots, yet if the name is used to taunt someone then it becomes offensive.
That's why it makes no sense to me to use the name on your child to desensitise them; if someone on the playground wants to hurt your child with words, then this is the issue... not the particular words they use. If your child is used to "ranga" and doesn't react as hoped, they'll just find another name that works.
07-06-2012 07:40 #65Senior Member
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My hair is naturally blonde, but I usually dye it dark brown. On one occasion I accidentally went quite an orange colour, after trying to go from dark back to blonde. A lot of people jokingly called me 'ranga' then, and I didn't like it. I knew they didn't mean it in a nasty way, and it wasn't so much the word itself that offended me, but the fact that everyone was laughing at my hair.
I know that situation is different from being born with hair that colour, but it gave me a little insight into how it might feel, and it didn't feel very nice.
I also heard a mother comment, in front of another mum with a red haired baby, that she'd been terrified her own baby had red hair but 'thankfully' they could now see it was blonde. Not cool.
I get how people might be offended, as it's not usually said as a positive thing. If I thought people were laughing at DD about something then I know it would hurt me.
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07-06-2012 08:19 #67
DS has a bit of red in his hair and DH is full red head. He calls himself a ranga and we both call DS out baby ranga.
I don't find it offensive unless someone is deliberately trying to say it in a derogatory way.
I also call DH and DS my orangutan's. It's a term of endearment for us and we think orangutan's r cute
07-06-2012 08:19 #68
I think it's all about the intent.
When used affectionately it's really just a name we use as a term of endearment.
When my kids are crazy I call them fruitcakes!!!
Politically incorrect?? Probably, but the intent behind the words is not malicious.
My DD is sometimes called " ranga" and I don't find it offensive at all.
My DH doesn't get offended when I call him my " wog" because the intent there is affection.
If they really hated it of course I wouldn't but as I've never used it in a derogatory way therefore no offense is taken.
Does this make any sense??
07-06-2012 08:27 #69
To those who call their own family members 'ranga', would you say it to a stranger? Would you say it to a child you didn't know?
07-06-2012 08:28 #70
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