I’m shocked and stunned and stunned by this board’s discriminatory behaviour against people who they choose to label as ‘jerks’, how acceptable would it be if they said ‘don’t be a Jew’ or ‘Don’t be black’.
In fact I find the term ‘jerk’ offensive and inflammatory; why must we label people?
One person maintains an identity and posts sensibly, another posts drivel through a collection of sock puppets, who are we to judge what’s right and wrong?
OK, I suppose there are valid demographic groupings, so how about we call them ‘J People’? Hmmm?
Well, not always - but that’s a more apt comparison than “Jew” or “Black”. If you flame someone because they’re gay, for example, you’re usually doing so based on your own stereotypical notions, generalized idea of how that person really comports him or herself. But when you flame someone because they’re behaving like a jerk, you’re doing so based solely on their own actions. Discrimination is the key element here, I think. If you had a gay person who was behaving like a jerk, they should be flamed for their bad behavior. If you flame them specifically and solely because they’re gay, then that’s a bad idea.
I think it’s more than just choice, though. One can choose a sexual orientation, right? But it’s not one’s sexual orientation that makes one a jerk, it’s their attitude and behavior, which of course can be changed.
Sure there have been. My opinion is as stated above. My impression of the “arguments” is that the scientific community has come down pretty firmly on the side of orientation being predetermined, while fundies are still hopping up and down trying to get more chumps to join “Exodus” and/or submit themselves to aversion therapy.
To the posters taking this seriously : sexual orientation or race/ethnicity don’t make you a ‘bad person’ per se. Being a jerk, by definition IMHO, means you are displaying some form of irritating or unpleasant behaviour.
Beyond that : wasn’t this supposed to be satirical? Or have I been double-whooshed?
But you can choose to be a Catholic/Methodist/Atheist/etc. But that’s not the point. If the Chicago Reader decided that they didn’t want anyone who posted in a Catholic manner on the board, that would be their right. However, they’ve decided that they don’t want anyone that posts in a jerkish manner on their boards.
It is discrimination, but it’s not world crumbling, we’re-all-gonna-die, hell-in-a-handbasket, I’m-gonna-sue discrimination.
I think they prefer to be called “people of jerkitude”. At least that’s what I was told last time I was in one of their neighbourhoods. (I got lost. I stopped to asked for directions, but could I get a straight answer out of a single one of those people?)
I’m not Jerkist, BTW, some of my best friends are Jer… I mean, people of jerkitude.
Pardon me, but I find that terribly subjective, suppose someone finds the natural behaviour associated with my sexual orientation or ethnicity irritating? (I have heard of this sort of thing happening).