> Everybody has a prejudice of some kind, even if they don't like to
> admit it.
> Everybody has some kind of person they don't like, whether that's
> because they're black, brown, white, oriental, olive-skinned, male,
> female, or because they're northerners, southerners, speak a
> different language or because of their background or beliefs.
> We all hate somebody for some reason, but some prejudices are deemed
> more acceptable than others. You can try it for yourself. Make a
> post using the 'n' or 'p' words - not specifically here, but on any
> forum - and it'll be deleted and/or you'll get flamed, possibly
> banned. And so you should. Yet make that same post again,
> substituting in 'gyppo', 'pikey' or 'chav', and the chances are it
> will remain untouched, with a large number of people agreeing with
For once I agree with you. It's not always what you don't like, more what you're unused to.
> So what's this Billox?
The inability to use the slang word for male testes beginning with b on this site with it's draconian swear filter. :D
Angsty? Maybe it sounds like I'm getting all wound up about it.
All I'm doing is talking about something I've noticed that gets my goat a little. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable around certain people because some sort of "phobia" but c'est la vie. :-)
I was more sort of putting up discussion, mean people have been saying that they've got their own prejudices and the like. Not meaning to sound like I feel sorry for myself or anything.
So what's this Billox?
> No. Mum and Dad thought I might at some point, but the symptoms
> weren't really strong, which is why I said "slight" and
> used "character" instead of "nature".
You should have said "Billox"
Sounds like angsty anst to me.
> I've likely got a
> trace of autism in my character so I'd imagine that's part of it.
Have you been diagnosed with it?
> Strafio wrote:
> My problem is that I know it's retarded and can't be justified, but
> it's kind of ingrained into my "instincts".
> It's probably about upbringing as well - if you're around people who
> are prejudice as you grow up you're more likely to have those
> prejudices as well. Even when you're an adult you know it's wrong but
> for some reason you can't shrug it off and it's always in your
It is not like that in some cases. Both my parents are very homophobic yet I am not. I don't have anything against homosexual people at all yet my parents keep telling me that it is a wrong way to live.
I teh love that book.
> As Wookieemonster said, we all have some prejudices. All we can do is
> ask ourselves why, think about them, try to minimize them or resolve
> them - not let them harden into something that influences our minds
> in an extreme way. Granted this is difficult, especially when some
> prejudices seem (as you say) "ingrained in our instincts".
Yeah. I'll break them. It's just going to be slow and awkward. :-)
These phobias and my laziness (perhaps some kind of work-phobia) seem to be the only things between me and my ideal life. When those are my only problems and I guess I can be grateful for how good life has been so me. :-)