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202. Re: BlizzCon Hate-Speech Criticized Oct 28, 2011, 06:08 ventry
 
Animals for Crackers wrote on Oct 28, 2011, 03:13:
Ok ventry, define "normal" in the way you mean it then if you want. The word has like 8 definitions, some value laden and some not.

Say you were a doctor delivering babies and humanity had by then developed some way of reliably detecting a newborn's sexual disposition/orientation (just a hypothetical). Upon delivery of said gay baby (LOL), perfectly healthy and without blemish, would you then tell the mother, "Here's your baby, healthy in every distinguishable way!"

Mother(looking up expectantly at you): "So he/she is normal then?"

OK! For the last time.
You don't have kids do you?
That's the first thing OB nurses do when a baby is born.
Check for abnormalities. 10 fingers, 10 toes, no sign of Downs Syndrome etc.
As future sexual orientation is untestable, your point is moot.

Animals for Crackers wrote on Oct 28, 2011, 03:13:
Edit: I guess what I'm trying to get at with this one is... Say you walk up to someone and tell them they aren't normal, do you really think they're going to take it as, "Oh, he's just saying I'm not part of a normal statistical distribution for such-and-such trait!" No, people are going to usually go with the most common usage first, absent any specific definition of the word. You'll likely piss them off, people generally don't like being called aberrant freaks.

YERR!! DUUUHHHH!!
If you walk up to someone and tell them they are ugly it's likely to piss them off too. People generally don't like being called ugly.
HOWEVER, it doesn't change the fact they may well be ugly as a hat full of assholes.

I am friends with a Downs Syndrome sufferer. I would never think of telling him he's not normal despite what the REAL TRUTH is.

Time to hang it up dude. That's what I'm planning to do.
Feel free to have the "last" word if you must.
 
 
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