My dad would say something like that. He's well aware of my views.
I'd stare him down/raise my eyebrows/roll my eyes, and say something like "uhuh."/"he what now?" etc. He'd probably change the subject so that he could back down without admitting it.
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02-02-2016 14:38 #44
i don't go out of my way to make fun of people, I certainly don't make fun of disabled people, I consider myself a decent kind hearted person. It was a comment over a haircut. Plenty of people have stupid haircuts, who aren't necessarily gay but I am entitled to my opinion like everyone else. I'm not perfect, I certainly have my flaws and I own them too. I probably would have laughed and said, dad you can't really say that these days. I haven't spoken to my father for 10 years, for other reasons, but that is probably something he would say.
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02-02-2016 14:59 #45
"I find that comment offensive. Don't say such things around me or my family"
Sounds like something my husband would say to be honest, and yes I pull him up on it.
02-02-2016 15:09 #46
I think everyone has a word or a sub group that they are sensitive about according to our own experiences. I know people with special needs kids who aren't generally 'precious' but will go off when others use the r word. Some hate the c word. Others really despise 'towel head' bc they are/are close to people that are Seik. Personally I absolutely loath that word Vic. It's so offensive and bogan and such an insult to gay men.
Having said that, it would depend on whether it was an isolated incident or whether it was ignorance vs deliberately offensive as to how I would respond. If it was a one off I'd probably raise my eye brows and say "Dad!" but if it was a pattern of behaviour as you say I'd be likely to call him on it.
02-02-2016 15:22 #47
mine seem to gravitate towards the racial words. I don't think I've ever heard them say poofter or ridicule someone based on anything else. I find the racial stuff really offensive though. it's like by using any kind of derogatory words you're making out you're somehow better than the person you're ridiculing. which any person with 1/8th of a brain knows is just ridiculous. everyone is just equal. I can't stand that elitist angle my parents take sometimes. I could really say hurtful things and bring them back down to earth but it's not worth starting WW3 over. I definitely tell them off and say I find their language offensive.
my dh is half Indian ffs and our kid will be mixed race. if I hear any disgusting terms going forward I'll be quick to point this out.
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For me the term fagg@t is extremely offensive - right up there with nigg$r Abo's and fat mole or stupid Sl&t. The idea that someone would use these terms in a derogatory way to get a laugh .... Has me gobsmacked. If we think it's ok to laugh at such nasty disrespect then no wonder there is still a heap of racism, sexism and homophobia out there.
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