This Offends Me


First of all, let’s define what I mean by the word offend.

offend \ə-ˈfend v.i. 1: to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury. 2: to cause dislike, anger, or vexation.

Because I believe in free speech, I believe that people have the right to offend me. However, I also believe that I have the right to let someone know that I find his speech or acts offensive. I’ve been holding my peace rather that pointing out offensive behavior, but I’ve decided that too many fools and downright evil people have been getting away with too much for too long. I’m going to start sounding off when I’m offended.

Here I go with episode 1.

I am offended by the lack of scientific rigor displayed in the recent American Psychological Associations guidelines on the counseling of men and boys, specifically by its gross mischaracterization of the nature of masculinity. Barbara Kay has a useful review here. (H/T, Jordan Peterson).

I’m also offended by the misuse of science to support politics. The APA shouldn’t be silenced, but they should be ashamed.