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  •  You're right on (6+ / 0-)

    I came to read that diary through the hiddens, so i was already aware of that word's presense when I read it. Nevertheless I still was a bit shocked. Without quotations ugly undertones are heard in that sentence

    I was assured by everyone that any intelligent physician would have to be crazy, a complete fool or a total fag to choose to be a military doctor.
    If it had been me I'd have used both quotations and a preceding qualifier, something like "in their words". Without the quotations or any other qualifiers the three descriptors I've bolded in that sentence are all presented as legitimate.

    That's what has given offense here, even to my straight self. Hateful words being presented as legitimate IS hate speech. That said, I'm almost certain that this was an honest mistake; but it is an excellent lesson, for me at 300k+ as much as anybody, in how much care one should take before hitting publish.

    "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." - Isaac Asimov

    by Hammerhand on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 02:08:46 PM PDT

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