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Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Sat, 06/21/2008 - 13:31
So my yahoo news feed sent me this. http://social.moldova.org/stiri/eng/128767/ As I was reading it I was thinking how absurd it was. Heck, half of the words we use can be seen as offensive if we were to break them down all entymologically and historically and on and on. I think the bigger issue is ignorance towards what epilepsy is. Outlawing the usage of the word "brainstorming" or another other word like it is not going to educate anyone, if anything it makes me feel like that sort of thing just adds more of a stigma and thus makes us more vulnearable. I see it as just another well-meaning, but wayward, example of institutional action that amounts to not doing anything at all except avoiding measures that might actually be helpful. In this case the measure was declared as extreme and unnessary, as it was, but I think this happens elsewhere as well. If people are ignorant they can still be very mean while trying to be very politically correct in their language. (Like my martial arts instructer who was careful not to address the class as "you guys" since I was (the lone) female but did not allow me to spar when I reached level because "women need to learn pragmatic things, like escape tactics.") What does everyone else think about this? Having epilepsy, are there things people say that offend you? (I don't mean like directly insulting you.)

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Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by E_Loner on Sun, 2008-06-22 - 15:56

 When I was a teen-ager a friend of mine ran up to me to tell me two guys called me "pumpkin brain". I asked him, "So, what should I do about it?" His response, "We art to go kick their butts." I told him, "If I go fight them I will have to fight millions of dumb butts just like them." I went on to say, "Me having epilepsy is their problem not mine." My point was, I did not fear having epilepsy. Epilepsy was just a "thing." I looked and look at epilepsy as a wart. Plus, that "pumpkin brain" had to go to his girlfriends. So, which was more important?

I guess I have offended myself several times due to the fact I have used the phrase "brainstorming." I guess now I would say "half brainstorming" since I have been through 2 brain surgeries.

I don't understand why these PC groups think they are right. If they want to keep and eye on a group, how about children and teens. Children and Teens with epilepsy go through it harder than adults. 

Good Luck, E_Loner

 When I was a teen-ager a friend of mine ran up to me to tell me two guys called me "pumpkin brain". I asked him, "So, what should I do about it?" His response, "We art to go kick their butts." I told him, "If I go fight them I will have to fight millions of dumb butts just like them." I went on to say, "Me having epilepsy is their problem not mine." My point was, I did not fear having epilepsy. Epilepsy was just a "thing." I looked and look at epilepsy as a wart. Plus, that "pumpkin brain" had to go to his girlfriends. So, which was more important?

I guess I have offended myself several times due to the fact I have used the phrase "brainstorming." I guess now I would say "half brainstorming" since I have been through 2 brain surgeries.

I don't understand why these PC groups think they are right. If they want to keep and eye on a group, how about children and teens. Children and Teens with epilepsy go through it harder than adults. 

Good Luck, E_Loner

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by Beckyboo on Mon, 2008-06-23 - 16:06

Brainstorming is when people get together and try to think of things to solve a problem.  It's not, in any way, offending anyone with epilepsy.  It just means to bring your minds together and storm them so that you can come up with a solution.

 Becky

Brainstorming is when people get together and try to think of things to solve a problem.  It's not, in any way, offending anyone with epilepsy.  It just means to bring your minds together and storm them so that you can come up with a solution.

 Becky

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by uys on Thu, 2008-06-26 - 04:30

Hi you all,  I'm loving the brainstorming in the chatroon, its electrifying!  People are the weirdest creatures.  I live in South Africa which is probably the most sensitive country in the world especially when it comes to race.  It is to some degree understandable but for heavens sake it gets totally out of hand.  Last week Chinese South Africans were declared black! They now enjoy the benefits of Black Economic Empowerment!  To be honest, on the merits of the case it is Politicly Correct... 

I'm, like most of you, not offended by the word brainstorm.  I know it has been banned in Wales a year ago and i see that you Americans have jumped on the bandwagon.  Well, i get the feeling that most of the time it isn't epilepsy sufferors that fight for such minor causes but rather the Commissions for Human Rights and affiliated movements.  One thing i can tell you guys, out of experience in my colourfull country (chinese incl) is that Political correct words and phrases and sentences and alfabets etc can get totally out of hand!  On the other side we should be thankfull for the people standing up for our and other peoples rights.  We were all created equally in the eyes of God and therefor we must be treated as equals by our fellow human beings. 

In light of the above I must submit that to be politically correct will result in equality and protection of all peoples rights but somewhere along the line an equilibrium must be established.  I the world goes on like this we are going to talk really, really weird.  What other word will be used for brainstorm? Mindsharing, head-glueing, brain-embracing etc. 

Thanks guys, i really enjoyed this topic and your comments.

Strength & Honour

Hi you all,  I'm loving the brainstorming in the chatroon, its electrifying!  People are the weirdest creatures.  I live in South Africa which is probably the most sensitive country in the world especially when it comes to race.  It is to some degree understandable but for heavens sake it gets totally out of hand.  Last week Chinese South Africans were declared black! They now enjoy the benefits of Black Economic Empowerment!  To be honest, on the merits of the case it is Politicly Correct... 

I'm, like most of you, not offended by the word brainstorm.  I know it has been banned in Wales a year ago and i see that you Americans have jumped on the bandwagon.  Well, i get the feeling that most of the time it isn't epilepsy sufferors that fight for such minor causes but rather the Commissions for Human Rights and affiliated movements.  One thing i can tell you guys, out of experience in my colourfull country (chinese incl) is that Political correct words and phrases and sentences and alfabets etc can get totally out of hand!  On the other side we should be thankfull for the people standing up for our and other peoples rights.  We were all created equally in the eyes of God and therefor we must be treated as equals by our fellow human beings. 

In light of the above I must submit that to be politically correct will result in equality and protection of all peoples rights but somewhere along the line an equilibrium must be established.  I the world goes on like this we are going to talk really, really weird.  What other word will be used for brainstorm? Mindsharing, head-glueing, brain-embracing etc. 

Thanks guys, i really enjoyed this topic and your comments.

Strength & Honour

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by lemon on Sun, 2008-08-17 - 04:38

When I was young you didnt have sz you had fits. I still say that though not PC these days .

I wouldnt dream of saying that to anyone else these days or though in the house will still say to the family I have had one they use the word sz. 40 years ago terms used for things were different I wonder if in 40 years the word brainstorming will have disappeared?

Brain storming I couldn't believe anyone would be offended.

When I was young you didnt have sz you had fits. I still say that though not PC these days .

I wouldnt dream of saying that to anyone else these days or though in the house will still say to the family I have had one they use the word sz. 40 years ago terms used for things were different I wonder if in 40 years the word brainstorming will have disappeared?

Brain storming I couldn't believe anyone would be offended.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by wichitarick1 on Sat, 2008-08-23 - 16:03

peace R.C.

  hi I am commenting to bump this with the other. no offense of course.

      want to hear a funny one??? lol

     I did,nt get it !!! I have been to several of these meetings have a lot of lierure titled this and am reading it here and I did,nt get ?? lol .

    wanna hear why,  3/4 of a brain, brain farts, water on my hard drive, short circuit , went from playing jeapordy to playing "are you smarter than 5th grader" (mine) . wow I wished I COULD brainstorm that is what I like to do best and not doing that is a base for my true depression that I do not understand at. 

   Meaning I was/am full blown adhd, add,  aahd, all of that wrapped up but did not see it until a few yrs ago. (i,m 45) and love it brainstorming says to me "multi tasking" lol lol, what a statement I had 25 hobbies,looking for more, reading , constantly , working 50 hrs ,remodeling a house, gardening landscaping, roses, flowers, no grass, and szs, ??? sore as all get out a bad back and thought it was all because of "work" oops .

     throw a lot of life in there with sress and a sz, disorder and thats the ticket for disaster  . brain storm . lol I live in tornado alley this is an f-5  national news ,lol .

     Things I guess if put in the corner and referred to , that  would offend me are.

      mentally challenged grrrr.,    disabled is still sinking in ??? grrr. , impaired. ?????? heck I don,t say epileptic ???   . things I have said in reference to this.

     really lucky. first I have seen worse much worse.

     telling others how i feel sometimes .    like I smoked a 1/4 lb. of pot in one hit and never came down. 

    like the down side of tripping on lsd, shrooms etc.  shew bad.like a bunch of 16 yr olds had me in football game. in reference to me hitting myself, I have not been in fight in yrs and am now my worst enemy ?? (that

scares me ) at the beginning of conversations now "i,m sorry but I may not remember this" (do not like that) .

    one that was wrong I guess is ahhh i,ll be allright , oops it gets worse. ????

     BRAINSTORMING cool I get it now lol.  I will use that now in reference to what I,M NOT DOING . thanks 

    Rick

peace R.C.

  hi I am commenting to bump this with the other. no offense of course.

      want to hear a funny one??? lol

     I did,nt get it !!! I have been to several of these meetings have a lot of lierure titled this and am reading it here and I did,nt get ?? lol .

    wanna hear why,  3/4 of a brain, brain farts, water on my hard drive, short circuit , went from playing jeapordy to playing "are you smarter than 5th grader" (mine) . wow I wished I COULD brainstorm that is what I like to do best and not doing that is a base for my true depression that I do not understand at. 

   Meaning I was/am full blown adhd, add,  aahd, all of that wrapped up but did not see it until a few yrs ago. (i,m 45) and love it brainstorming says to me "multi tasking" lol lol, what a statement I had 25 hobbies,looking for more, reading , constantly , working 50 hrs ,remodeling a house, gardening landscaping, roses, flowers, no grass, and szs, ??? sore as all get out a bad back and thought it was all because of "work" oops .

     throw a lot of life in there with sress and a sz, disorder and thats the ticket for disaster  . brain storm . lol I live in tornado alley this is an f-5  national news ,lol .

     Things I guess if put in the corner and referred to , that  would offend me are.

      mentally challenged grrrr.,    disabled is still sinking in ??? grrr. , impaired. ?????? heck I don,t say epileptic ???   . things I have said in reference to this.

     really lucky. first I have seen worse much worse.

     telling others how i feel sometimes .    like I smoked a 1/4 lb. of pot in one hit and never came down. 

    like the down side of tripping on lsd, shrooms etc.  shew bad.like a bunch of 16 yr olds had me in football game. in reference to me hitting myself, I have not been in fight in yrs and am now my worst enemy ?? (that

scares me ) at the beginning of conversations now "i,m sorry but I may not remember this" (do not like that) .

    one that was wrong I guess is ahhh i,ll be allright , oops it gets worse. ????

     BRAINSTORMING cool I get it now lol.  I will use that now in reference to what I,M NOT DOING . thanks 

    Rick

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by shesarebel on Thu, 2008-09-04 - 12:44

What offends me more is when someone says your the eplieptic....that is the only thing that realy gets me going...and yes i have been called mentally ill...it dont offend me, it realy hurts that people are so under educated in this world.

Take Care Life Is Short....

What offends me more is when someone says your the eplieptic....that is the only thing that realy gets me going...and yes i have been called mentally ill...it dont offend me, it realy hurts that people are so under educated in this world.

Take Care Life Is Short....

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by AmandaLynn on Mon, 2008-06-23 - 15:49

Ha Ha I dont get it..... banning  the word "Brainstorming" because it may refer to a seizure!  Wow how PC the world has become, this is sad. I've heard a seizure be called much worse things and I've never let it offend me and I've been epileptic since I was 10!  *CUT THE PC CRAP!!!* Its just a word.

~Amanda Lynn~ 

Ha Ha I dont get it..... banning  the word "Brainstorming" because it may refer to a seizure!  Wow how PC the world has become, this is sad. I've heard a seizure be called much worse things and I've never let it offend me and I've been epileptic since I was 10!  *CUT THE PC CRAP!!!* Its just a word.

~Amanda Lynn~ 

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by stephsobota on Tue, 2008-06-24 - 16:58
This is GREAT! Next time I'm in a committee meeting and someone says, "let's brainstorm," I'll let out a huff and leave the room. It'll be a great excuse to leave a boring meeting early.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by uberzwitter on Wed, 2008-06-25 - 09:04
LOL- that is an awesome idea! How many brainstorms did it take to come up with it? XD I think to make a list of every possible word I can deem offensive and relatable to my condition and see what the implications of a P.C. treatment would be... "Would you like to try our new shake?" "I would most certainly not!" And storm out of Diary Queen.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by ROCKNROLL on Thu, 2008-06-26 - 00:10

GREAT BIG LOL!!!!!!!! THAT ONE WILL KEEP ME LAUGHING FOR DAYS!

I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

GREAT BIG LOL!!!!!!!! THAT ONE WILL KEEP ME LAUGHING FOR DAYS!

I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by ROCKNROLL on Thu, 2008-07-10 - 00:41

UBER..........EVERY TIME I READ THIS COMMENT OF YOURS ABOUT THE DAIRY QUEEN I BREAK OUT IF FITS OF LAUGHTER. IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!

I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

 I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

UBER..........EVERY TIME I READ THIS COMMENT OF YOURS ABOUT THE DAIRY QUEEN I BREAK OUT IF FITS OF LAUGHTER. IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!

I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

 I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by ROCKNROLL on Thu, 2008-06-26 - 00:08

GOOD ONE STEPH.......LEAVE IT TO YOU TO COME UP WITH THAT ONE!!!!! LOL!

 I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

GOOD ONE STEPH.......LEAVE IT TO YOU TO COME UP WITH THAT ONE!!!!! LOL!

 I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by ROCKNROLL on Wed, 2008-06-25 - 01:08

I THINK IT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS, BUT I THINK MOST OF THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS RIDICULOUS. I CAN UNDERSTAND SOMETHING LIKE 'MENTALLY IMPAIRED' AS PREFERABLE TO 'RETARDED',  BUT MOST OF THE TIME IT JUST GOES TOO FAR. MY THOUGHT, EXCUSE ME, BUT SOMEONE GETS A BUG UP THEIR B*** AND HERE WE GO AGAIN.......I WOULD NEVER HAVE ASSOCIATED BRAINSTORMING WITH E., AND IF I HEARD IT USED IN THAT WAY, I WOULD JUST LAUGH! 

I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

I THINK IT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS, BUT I THINK MOST OF THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS RIDICULOUS. I CAN UNDERSTAND SOMETHING LIKE 'MENTALLY IMPAIRED' AS PREFERABLE TO 'RETARDED',  BUT MOST OF THE TIME IT JUST GOES TOO FAR. MY THOUGHT, EXCUSE ME, BUT SOMEONE GETS A BUG UP THEIR B*** AND HERE WE GO AGAIN.......I WOULD NEVER HAVE ASSOCIATED BRAINSTORMING WITH E., AND IF I HEARD IT USED IN THAT WAY, I WOULD JUST LAUGH! 

I USE ALL CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH YOU PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS, JOY.........JAN

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by uberzwitter on Wed, 2008-06-25 - 09:17
Totally agreed. However even with terms like "mentally impaired" (which I think is a good term) get reworked periodically into even more P.C. terms in a trend I don't quite get. I think handicapped is a better example of this. "Crippled" used to be non-offensive, that became "handicapped, which became "disabled", and then "differently abled" or "physically challenged". I have to say it is hard to follow since I just realized I am behind on the times myself, but am I willing to change? I am willing to take on enough P.C.ness to not call someone a cripple or a retard without recoiling in disgust- but think it's nitpicking to say "differently abled" instead of handicapped or disabled. I think it comes down to what we were taught and were used to saying. I don't mean it offensively so I don't see why anyone should pretend that it is.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by banffgirl on Thu, 2008-06-26 - 01:31

WELL IN THE CORPORATE WORLD, BRAINSTORMING WAS A HORRID WORD!!! IT MEANT A LONG TEDIOUS MEETING WHERE THEY EXPECTED US TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS THAT MANAGEMENT CAUSED. LOL. DONT MISS THAT PART OF WORKING!!! BUT I DO MISS THE REST!!!

PERSONALLY I HATE ANY POLITICALY CORRECT STUFF. ALL IT DOES IS ADD MORE WIERD STIGMAS ON PEOPLE THAN THERE WERE BEFORE. IT DRAWS MORE ATTENTION THAN THE OLD NAMES BECAUSE PEOPLE TRY SO HARD TO COME UP WITH A POLITICALY CORRECT NAME.

WHEN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC THEY SHOULD JUST TALK ABOUT EPILEPSY AND SEIZURES, WHY SAY SOME STUPID MADE UP WORD?

PERSONALY I KNOW QUITE A FEW OF US TALK ABOUT OUR OWN ELECTRICAL STORMS IN OUR BRAINS BUT HEY THAT OUR OWN BRAINS AND NO ONE WITHOUT E CAN SAY IT OR UNDERSTAND THAT ONE!!!

 I TYPE IN CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

GOD BLESS, BANFFGIRL LIFE IS FRAGILE, HANDLE WITH CARE.

WELL IN THE CORPORATE WORLD, BRAINSTORMING WAS A HORRID WORD!!! IT MEANT A LONG TEDIOUS MEETING WHERE THEY EXPECTED US TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS THAT MANAGEMENT CAUSED. LOL. DONT MISS THAT PART OF WORKING!!! BUT I DO MISS THE REST!!!

PERSONALLY I HATE ANY POLITICALY CORRECT STUFF. ALL IT DOES IS ADD MORE WIERD STIGMAS ON PEOPLE THAN THERE WERE BEFORE. IT DRAWS MORE ATTENTION THAN THE OLD NAMES BECAUSE PEOPLE TRY SO HARD TO COME UP WITH A POLITICALY CORRECT NAME.

WHEN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC THEY SHOULD JUST TALK ABOUT EPILEPSY AND SEIZURES, WHY SAY SOME STUPID MADE UP WORD?

PERSONALY I KNOW QUITE A FEW OF US TALK ABOUT OUR OWN ELECTRICAL STORMS IN OUR BRAINS BUT HEY THAT OUR OWN BRAINS AND NO ONE WITHOUT E CAN SAY IT OR UNDERSTAND THAT ONE!!!

 I TYPE IN CAPS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

GOD BLESS, BANFFGIRL LIFE IS FRAGILE, HANDLE WITH CARE.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by watchingirl on Sat, 2008-07-05 - 23:45
This is funny. I'm just reading a book called "Warriors Don't Cry" about the integration of of Little Rock High School in the 1950s. It's written by one of the black students as an adult & she remembers how the school banned the singing of "White Christmas" because they thought it would be offensive to the 9 black kids. She talks about how ridiculous it was & how stupid the administrators must have thought the students were to not understand the words. I think we can all grasp the meaning of "brainstorm".

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by no alleykat on Tue, 2008-07-08 - 12:09

WHY? DO YOU WANT TO BE?

WHY? DO YOU WANT TO BE?

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by RGbrainstorm on Sun, 2008-08-10 - 14:58

As you can see from my profile name, I am certainly not offended.  I've used "brainstorm" as a screen name or online identity for years.  I think some people in this world are looking for things to be offended by.

Once in a while, someone who doesn' t know I have epilepsy will make a comment about an "epileptic fit" or describe someone they saw having a seizure as really "freaky."  Like, "you should have seen it, what a freak," etc. etc.  And yeah, it can hurt my feelings.  People can be ignorant about so many things, but you can't expect everyone to be educated about everything.  I'm sure we've all made off-handed comments now and then that could offend someone for some reason.  I just don't let it effect my self-image.

BTW, the comment below about "Would you like to try our new shake?" had me in stiches.  Oh no, I hope I didn't offend anyone with stiches from surgery just now!

Has anyone seen that episode of The Simpsons where they go to Japan and watch the show "Battling Seizure Robots"?  Hillarious! 

As you can see from my profile name, I am certainly not offended.  I've used "brainstorm" as a screen name or online identity for years.  I think some people in this world are looking for things to be offended by.

Once in a while, someone who doesn' t know I have epilepsy will make a comment about an "epileptic fit" or describe someone they saw having a seizure as really "freaky."  Like, "you should have seen it, what a freak," etc. etc.  And yeah, it can hurt my feelings.  People can be ignorant about so many things, but you can't expect everyone to be educated about everything.  I'm sure we've all made off-handed comments now and then that could offend someone for some reason.  I just don't let it effect my self-image.

BTW, the comment below about "Would you like to try our new shake?" had me in stiches.  Oh no, I hope I didn't offend anyone with stiches from surgery just now!

Has anyone seen that episode of The Simpsons where they go to Japan and watch the show "Battling Seizure Robots"?  Hillarious! 

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by uberzwitter on Thu, 2008-08-14 - 18:12
Since so many people have responded to my "Would you like to try our new shake?" joke, which I almost hesitated in writing, I figured I would share my inspiration for it. Just for the heck of it. I was at a vegan restaurant and had ordered a ginger shake or something. While waiting for the food and the drink to come I started having a mild complex partials. At that moment the lady comes and sets the shake in front of me and I manage to groan something along the lines of, "Oh, not another one!" It caused quite a laugh from my friends. I love that Simpsons one. I also found this: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-02-12-epilepsy-jokes_x.htm I like the show but never saw that episode.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by E_Loner on Thu, 2008-08-14 - 20:45

I am responding again to the idiocy of these who think brainstorming is offensive to we E's. I guess I offended myself by telling people I that I have E and I do the shake and bake. To give people a laugh, because I still think it is funny. Saying that and the look on their face. Meaning I shook my body and fried my brain. Oh yeah, brainstorming offends me.  Brainstorming, sudden bright ideas. How many of you E's have offended others with E and they not even hear you and on top of that offended yourself using the word. PC IDIOTS

Good Luck, E_Loner

I am responding again to the idiocy of these who think brainstorming is offensive to we E's. I guess I offended myself by telling people I that I have E and I do the shake and bake. To give people a laugh, because I still think it is funny. Saying that and the look on their face. Meaning I shook my body and fried my brain. Oh yeah, brainstorming offends me.  Brainstorming, sudden bright ideas. How many of you E's have offended others with E and they not even hear you and on top of that offended yourself using the word. PC IDIOTS

Good Luck, E_Loner

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by banffgirl on Thu, 2008-08-14 - 22:35

AS TO ANYTHING OFFENSIVE, NOTHING OFFENDS PEOPLE UNLESS YOU LET IT. JUST LAUGH IT OFF. ITS NEVER WORTH THE AGGREVATION ANYWAYS.

I TYPE IN CAPS FOR VISUALY IMPAIRED

GOD BLESS,

BANFFGIRL

LIFE IS FRAGILE, HANDLE WITH CARE.

AS TO ANYTHING OFFENSIVE, NOTHING OFFENDS PEOPLE UNLESS YOU LET IT. JUST LAUGH IT OFF. ITS NEVER WORTH THE AGGREVATION ANYWAYS.

I TYPE IN CAPS FOR VISUALY IMPAIRED

GOD BLESS,

BANFFGIRL

LIFE IS FRAGILE, HANDLE WITH CARE.

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by tan_the_fan on Thu, 2008-08-14 - 22:05

To be comepletely honest I have NEVER thought of the word brainstorming in relation to Epilepsy - AT ALL... Where does he the idea that all of a sudden it has now starting offending? His justification of the change offends me more! "epileptics or the mentally ill" As weird as it sonds - I consider myself a person living & dealing with epilepsy - not "An Epileptic" and although yes it does fall in the same Nuerology department I dont like being classified in a general group with the "mentally ill" I think his justification is a lot more insulting to everyone than the word brainstorming.... My mum worked with the 'mentally ill' and got hit over the head with a bed pan by some deranged woman... That's not who we are, (although it feels like it somedays)

PS; Re the "shake & bake" - when I talk to my family I generally refer to it as my 'spaz attacks' ;-) Lightens the mood a bit... 

 

To be comepletely honest I have NEVER thought of the word brainstorming in relation to Epilepsy - AT ALL... Where does he the idea that all of a sudden it has now starting offending? His justification of the change offends me more! "epileptics or the mentally ill" As weird as it sonds - I consider myself a person living & dealing with epilepsy - not "An Epileptic" and although yes it does fall in the same Nuerology department I dont like being classified in a general group with the "mentally ill" I think his justification is a lot more insulting to everyone than the word brainstorming.... My mum worked with the 'mentally ill' and got hit over the head with a bed pan by some deranged woman... That's not who we are, (although it feels like it somedays)

PS; Re the "shake & bake" - when I talk to my family I generally refer to it as my 'spaz attacks' ;-) Lightens the mood a bit... 

 

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by LaurenG1211 on Thu, 2008-08-14 - 22:43
i think it's pretty funny actually - sorry if thats being insensitive to anyone who was offended

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by katfaerie on Sun, 2008-08-17 - 10:32

i am the exact opposite of offended by the word brainstorm.  i find it's use empowering since it has a very positive meaning.  it helps me to look for the positive meanings in my own brainstorming.  which is how i do visualize my seizures, as thunder and lightening.  i find the dual meanings of the word soothing.

people never fail to amaze me in their ignorance and stupidity.

kat 

i am the exact opposite of offended by the word brainstorm.  i find it's use empowering since it has a very positive meaning.  it helps me to look for the positive meanings in my own brainstorming.  which is how i do visualize my seizures, as thunder and lightening.  i find the dual meanings of the word soothing.

people never fail to amaze me in their ignorance and stupidity.

kat 

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by cranberrygirl on Fri, 2008-08-22 - 11:55

*LOL* Brainstorming as a seizure?? If that is offensive I guess me describing MY seizures as a short circuit would also be offensive. Criminy!!

 Being PC has gone wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too far these days!! In the last 25 years I have seen the world bend itself into a pretzel to be "sensitive" but what the world doesn't seem to realise is- we make fun of ourselves all the time.

I used to hear about my seizures being "fits" so I started telling people they were not fits, I threw parties where I was the only attendant! It got people off the the whole" you poor thing" and turned it into- what is she talking about??

To this day I tell people that I do the "funky chicken", and if they don't like it too bad- it's my party and I'll dance how I like ;)

*LOL* Brainstorming as a seizure?? If that is offensive I guess me describing MY seizures as a short circuit would also be offensive. Criminy!!

 Being PC has gone wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too far these days!! In the last 25 years I have seen the world bend itself into a pretzel to be "sensitive" but what the world doesn't seem to realise is- we make fun of ourselves all the time.

I used to hear about my seizures being "fits" so I started telling people they were not fits, I threw parties where I was the only attendant! It got people off the the whole" you poor thing" and turned it into- what is she talking about??

To this day I tell people that I do the "funky chicken", and if they don't like it too bad- it's my party and I'll dance how I like ;)

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by no alleykat on Fri, 2008-08-22 - 13:21

  I love it!

  I have upset others with calling mine  "Breakdancing" When they are a mild one I call them "Brainfarts"

  A friend of mine says his is part of  "The Electric Slide"

  When someone refers to my sz. as a fit, I simply tell them " It was a sz., you have not seen me throw a fit yet. Would you like me to call you if I decide to?"

  I seems to me, soon we will all talk like the cavemen did  

  I love it!

  I have upset others with calling mine  "Breakdancing" When they are a mild one I call them "Brainfarts"

  A friend of mine says his is part of  "The Electric Slide"

  When someone refers to my sz. as a fit, I simply tell them " It was a sz., you have not seen me throw a fit yet. Would you like me to call you if I decide to?"

  I seems to me, soon we will all talk like the cavemen did  

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by seaglass415 on Fri, 2008-08-22 - 23:46

     I think things have gone too far.  I am much less likely to be offended by the term itself than the obvious lengths some people will go to not hurt anyone's feelings.  As one of my doctors says "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, let's just call it a duck".  My partial simple seizures cause me to have vertigo and dizzyness,  I call it "my own personal rollercoaster and no you can't have a ride".  My youngest daughter used to call it "the nooty-patooty" in my head. What the heck, if I can't laugh at myself, who can I laugh at?

     Trish

     I think things have gone too far.  I am much less likely to be offended by the term itself than the obvious lengths some people will go to not hurt anyone's feelings.  As one of my doctors says "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, let's just call it a duck".  My partial simple seizures cause me to have vertigo and dizzyness,  I call it "my own personal rollercoaster and no you can't have a ride".  My youngest daughter used to call it "the nooty-patooty" in my head. What the heck, if I can't laugh at myself, who can I laugh at?

     Trish

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by croesus on Thu, 2008-09-04 - 15:24

On behalf of the ever-decreasing number of reasonably sane Brits, and as someone who lives within spitting distance of the place, it may help to know to know that in this country,  Tunbridge Wells has become  best known  as the home of "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells", AKA  old farts who have nothing better to do than to write to the media to complain about just anything, however trivial.    Add to that the apparent need for august bodies to win the title of the daftest  council of the year, and this is the kind of twaddle that results. 

Well spotted Moldova,  but in this country, sadly, this stupidity is all too commonplace to merit a ripple in the press.

 

croesus

On behalf of the ever-decreasing number of reasonably sane Brits, and as someone who lives within spitting distance of the place, it may help to know to know that in this country,  Tunbridge Wells has become  best known  as the home of "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells", AKA  old farts who have nothing better to do than to write to the media to complain about just anything, however trivial.    Add to that the apparent need for august bodies to win the title of the daftest  council of the year, and this is the kind of twaddle that results. 

Well spotted Moldova,  but in this country, sadly, this stupidity is all too commonplace to merit a ripple in the press.

 

croesus

Re: Brainstorming: Should we be offended?

Submitted by pigsrock09 on Sun, 2008-09-14 - 20:43

I think it's ridiculous to be offended by words as harmless as "brainstorming". Brainstorming is just coming up with ideas and exploring new possibilities. What's offensive about that? It was never meant to have any relationship with seizures and we can't go around "modifying the dictionary" and the vocabulary of people everywhere to satisfy superactivists who will never be content until people with epilepsy are the ones put up on exalted pedastals instead of the celebrities! I myself have epilepsy, and if there was meant to be any connection between the two I would personally take it as a compliment. Please, if you really find this offensive, take a reality check.

I think it's ridiculous to be offended by words as harmless as "brainstorming". Brainstorming is just coming up with ideas and exploring new possibilities. What's offensive about that? It was never meant to have any relationship with seizures and we can't go around "modifying the dictionary" and the vocabulary of people everywhere to satisfy superactivists who will never be content until people with epilepsy are the ones put up on exalted pedastals instead of the celebrities! I myself have epilepsy, and if there was meant to be any connection between the two I would personally take it as a compliment. Please, if you really find this offensive, take a reality check.

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