Lately it seems like there are a shitload of people who are offendsensitive - which, to me, means so sensitive to some particular thing that they get offended to the point of mania. (I didn't coin the term, but I heard it so long ago I can no longer attribute it to the person who said it or wrote it.)
So, let's take a moment and think about all the things that you could say to potentially piss someone off...
Ya know, I started to make a list, but I'd need to reproduce the damn dictionary.
Tell ya what. Instead, let's everyone figure out what offends us personally and then examine why it offends us. Personally, I'm damn hard to offend. Stupidity offends me. Intentional mean spiritedness offends me. Graphic sex with overtones of unkindness offends me.
There are other things, but they all have the same key item in common. ME. They offend ME. Sometimes the things I find offensive make ME uncomfortable. Sometimes they piss ME off. Sometimes they make ME sad that the human race has fallen to such a low point.
Know what all that means? It means I'm the one whole controls what offends me and I how I respond to it. These days I respond to it by shutting it off, hiding it on Facebook, blocking the offensive person, etc. I respond to it by NOT responding to it. I make it go away from my life - and if necessary, I do so by making the person who put it in front of me go away from my life, too.
I don't rail and shout. I don't report people to Facebook (not unless I saw something really really awful like child pornography which isn't just offensive, it's wrong across the board). I don't try to get people kicked off Blogger, or Twitter, or G+. I don't write nasty letters to editors, or boards, or committees, or companies. I utilize my power for good by no longer patronizing the person or the business or the organization that offended me.
I sure as hell don't let something some numbnuts I never met effect my outlook on life, my self-esteem, or my well-being. Jesus, people, if I did that, I'd be a fucking basketcase.
So, don't be a basketcase. Switch off the offendsensitivity. It's not doing anyone any good.