Why is it so offensive to noun an adjective? Like Straights, Whites, Conservatives, Males, and Transgenders? ?
- reme_1Lv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
it is not offensive.
- Nerdy KeithLv 72 months ago
It’s simply grammatically incorrect
- River EuphratesLv 72 months ago
The act of nouning an adjective isn't offensive - but reducing someone to a single trait (i.e. sexual orientation, gender, race, etc.) is.
- PeterLv 72 months ago
The odd thing is, I don't mind being called 'straight', yet those that call me straight take offence when I call them bent. Is seems that bent folk have an issue with labels.
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- nineteenthlyLv 72 months ago
Because it reduces someone's identity to that attribute alone.
- TylerLv 62 months ago
it comes off as somewhat dehumanizing and puts people into boxes
- AlexanderLv 72 months ago
Because it implies that everyone in that group has the exact same characteristics (beliefs, dislikes, desires, faults, etc). It also has the same negative vibe as a nurse referring to "the hysterectomy in Room 105," as a condition rather than as a person.
- 2 months ago
"Why is it so offensive to noun an adjective? Like Straights, Whites, Conservatives and Transgenders?"
It marginalizes people as "other", For example, in the case of transgender/transsexual people you're refusing to acknowledge their gender identity and instead you are othering them as "other".
Instead of "transgenders"
Say "trans women", "trans men" or "trans people" and use the appropriate pronouns.
A graphic that may help:
- Anonymous2 months ago
It stems from the disabled community, representing both physical and mental disabilities. When people noun the adjective that identifies their condition, they become that condition and only that condition to others.
The whole idea behind using it solely as an adjective is that all these identifiable groups are people first, and some may be transgendered, or gay, or mentally retarded, or suffer a crippling illness.
Using the adjective as a noun groups them into a mass with one main characteristic, when of course we are all unique individuals.
- scott bLv 72 months ago
A word can't BE offensive, unless you take offense at it.