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    Grin Do you openly speak your views?

    Do you openly speak your views in public regarding subjects that you feel strongly about?...Whether it be racism, environment, anti-immigration, womens/male rights/sexual equality, gays, abortion, animal rights, youthanasia, etc...All the subjects that seem to be of bad taste in normal conversation.:haha (to both friends & strangers).

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    Pretty much--but I try to do it with tact, courtesy and a witty intelligence. Rather similar to what Sifsvina talks about here:

    http://www.blutundboden.com/forum/sh...17&postcount=9

    I don't bludgeon people with my views but if the time is right in a conversation and I sense that I can speak freely without being branded and labeled nasty awful things () I make my point(s) available in non-threatening manner.

    In fact, just the other day while at a very boring meeting at work--a colleague was taking requests for the "poem of the day" on the department website (as it is apparently National Poetry Month or some such thing here in the States). Her one stipulation was "just no white men poets...". After a few moments, I countered with something along the lines of "What's wrong with white male poets? If a poem is deemed beautiful by the reader it shouldn't matter one bit who wrote it.." I then told her that her stipulation was rather discriminatory. I received several nods of approval (even from a black woman!) and sure enough, Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" was on the page a few days later. Yay!




    Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

    1. The Road Not Taken


    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKADI
    Do you openly speak your views in public regarding subjects that you feel strongly about?...Whether it be racism, environment, anti-immigration, womens/male rights/sexual equality, gays, abortion, animal rights, youthanasia, etc...All the subjects that seem to be of bad taste in normal conversation.:haha (to both friends & strangers).
    I think I would do so.
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    "Do you openly speak your views in public regarding subjects that you feel strongly about?"

    No..

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    I usually only bother to speak my mind when I am presented with a person that I feel can handle opposition in a mature, intelligent manner.

    Otherwise, when some yokel is jibber-jabbering and spewing forth opinions in a completely ludicrous or insipid fashion, I just ignore them, because I am a nice man, and would hate to ruin his or her miserable life by enlightening it with my wit and a tongue so sharp it would nearly slice theirs in two!

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    I find you have to gauge the person you are speaking with.
    It is rare when you can be open and frank with someone right off the bat these days. Even if someone IS receptive to common-sense discussion upon multi-kultism & racialism, I find that if you come out blazing, the average person will clam up and reflexively fall back to the politically correct position they have been conditioned to think is "kosher"(pardon the pun:haha)

    If you are subtle enough about it, you can gently pry away the PC imprint of fear that is suppressing their common-sense opinions with a fair degree of success..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalonord
    Pretty much--
    I don't bludgeon people with my views but if the time is right in a conversation and I sense that I can speak freely without being branded and labeled nasty awful things () I make my point(s) available in non-threatening manner.
    Basically what Danonord said. It's funny the subjects that are tabboo and which are okay with different groups of people. I'm mostly surrounded by "liberals" so racism, anti-immigration, gays, and abortion are things I have to be very very creative with most people to say even a bit what I believe. Animal rights, euthanasia, and the environment are pretty safe subjects. I seem to have a talent for being able to say quite a bit when it comes to womens/male rights/sexual equality even though many of my views are a few centuries out of date:-) I don't think I come across as a "weak" female :rrofl Still, I have to be careful with some of my more "radical" ideas, I wouldn't want all those feminist gases in their bloodstreams to explode all at once!

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    no

    Not always because if i say something <<<bad>>>for anti-immigration, womens/male rights/sexual equality, gays, abortion etc they ll start to say that i am a fascist or nazi or crazy.

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    I say what I think....or nothing. The choice between these alternatives depends on my judgement of whether I would be stirring a hornets' nest to no effect. If the effort would be wasted, why bother? However, if the subject and the other person's opinion touch a nerve, then I'll be completely outspoken. I am as polite as my natural tendency to scathing sarcasm allows, but I do not mince words. I do not find it necessary to shout or to descend to vulgarity and name-calling. I have the wit to flay my opponent verbally without descending to his level. I can truthfully say that there is never any uncertainty or ambiguity about my position on an issue under discussion. IMHO, "Political correctness" is hypocrisy and I despise hypocrisy.

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