Poll: Have you, personally, ever been discriminated against?

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JacobShaftoe:

CM156:

Generic Gamer:
I'm a conservative so I'm regularly ripped on whilst on campus but I've never had the 'victim mentality' to actually be trodden down.

I agree. I don't let what people say about me bother me. Because that's letting them win.

OT: Some people mock me for my somewhat Conservative Libertarian beliefs. But other than that, no. Not really.

Wow, love that whole "victim = choice" concept you're sharing there. There's some quote from Shakespeare about that mindset, but for the life of me I can't remember it...

OT: I cannot answer any particular one of those options exclusively, and even an "all of the above" option would miss out on some gems.

I'm sorry ^^' Theres only so many options I can add, lol I wish I could do a checklist and have more then just those choices.

Beeing male in Denmark means you get forced to go to a military draft, around age 18, unless you have a medical condition that excludes you.
I was forced to go, despite having no interest whatsoever in joining the army, luckily, i was rejected due to an astma inhaler i had been perscribed for a few months due to heavy coughing, and even if it hadn't been enough, chances of beeing forced into a 4 month long boot camp was small, and that you could choose to say no, and then have underpaid social work for half a year instead, if i hadn't had the inhalor, and drew the wrong number it would've been 4-6 months of forced work in a field i didn't want to, and where i would've made a lot less money than the job i had at the time.
One guy at the draft session was less lucky than me, he had no health problems, and drew a wrong number, and while it's only 4 months, and not at all dangerous, it was kinda problematic for his freshly started carpentry firm, that he had to be gone.
It'll also easily delay people a full year before beeing fully educated if the education they wann a pursue only starts new semesters once a year.

While I'm fully aware that this is a small thing compared to what others might have experienced, and that for me, it didn't matter in the end, and that it's the same for all other guys in Denmark and probably a whole lot of other countries as well, it's still worth adding for the sake of the discussion.

I got 'discrimated against' (if you want to call it that) because my mum was German and I was half German. I suppose it didn't help that I shouted it out when I came back from Germany when I was about 5/6 to see my grandad on his deathbed :/

From then on till university I kept getting called a Nazi and various other things ('Hitler's wankstain' was actually a pretty original one). I got used to it around the time I finished primary school.

Can't say it bothers me now. Although when you are about 8 or 9 and someone you thought was your friend calls your mum "Hitler's prostitute" when you don't even know what such a thing means was pretty tough. I did kick the shit out of that guy though ^_^.

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

No. Just... No..

Yep. Many times when applying for rental places I was rejected because they thought I was too young. Despite the fact that I make more money and have a more stable job than most real estate agents out there.

Dr Jones:

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

No. Just... No..

I'm fairly certain he was being ironic.

Buchholz101:

Dr Jones:

GigaHz:
Im a white male, possibly the most discriminated demographic there is.

No. Just... No..

I'm fairly certain he was being ironic.

If you read his entire post it doesent seem that way..

I've been insulted and abused based on my race (Asian), and also in my tastes in entertainment, though that's more of a joking insult than anything.

Yep, because of gender. Ironically, not by men but by women. I was the only female in an office moving/installation crew and I got along great with the guys. As long as I was capable and ready to do the same work they did, they didn't care. But the offices we'd go to were full of female office workers and secretaries who were used to ogling the young guys as eye candy whenever they came in. They were disappointed when I showed up instead, and complained. (Plus if I could do it, their bosses started to wonder why they weren't moving their own desks and boxes.) Of course they made up some bullshit about not doing the job right, but when my boss pushed for specifics he discovered the truth. I've never been more disappointed in my own gender.

I'm female, gay, vegetarian, atheist. Yeaaah.

JacobShaftoe:

CM156:

Generic Gamer:
I'm a conservative so I'm regularly ripped on whilst on campus but I've never had the 'victim mentality' to actually be trodden down.

I agree. I don't let what people say about me bother me. Because that's letting them win.

OT: Some people mock me for my somewhat Conservative Libertarian beliefs. But other than that, no. Not really.

Wow, love that whole "victim = choice" concept you're sharing there. There's some quote from Shakespeare about that mindset, but for the life of me I can't remember it...

OT: I cannot answer any particular one of those options exclusively, and even an "all of the above" option would miss out on some gems.

Words have no more weight against me than I allow them to. I simply don't allow something that would bother me to bother me. Quite simple, really.

Actions yes, those you've the right to be angry about. But words? Walk it off.

Sonicron:
Yes. And growing up as a fat kid, you learn to live with it.

THIS. I feel for you man. I feel for you.

All of the above. I am ethnically Hebrew so I never hear the end of Jew this and Jew that. I am a very vocal and open supporter of the Socialist Party USA, and the super right wings pair me up with totalitarians. In the first years of High School I had to request a locker in the corner of the locker room because of the Homophobic slurs and such. Being an open furry to the entire world, need I explain. And you hear a lot of people talking about feeling bad for the Jews but it seems like everywhere I go there is a swastika waiting for me.

Now that I think of it... an extremely homophobic community in the heart of California? Something in my head doesn't click.

Once on holiday in a resort filled with English people. They had a few choice words for us "Irish scum". I was 14 and even grown men in their 30's and 40's were throwing shit and hurling abuse.

I've been discriminated for my lifestyle, my interests and my nationality.

Age, I'm young, therefore I know nothing about the world.

Yes, I know I'm inexperienced, but my opinion gets shot down all the time because I'm young.

Dr Jones:

Buchholz101:

Dr Jones:

No. Just... No..

I'm fairly certain he was being ironic.

If you read his entire post it doesent seem that way..

You're right Dr. Jones. I get called Rhythmless and Xenophobic so much it makes my head spin!

not quite. not directly anyways. but i'm a Christian, so it'll most certainly happen at some point...and im countin' down the days until i can tell someone to stop wasting my time.

yes. my car insurance is 500 dollars more because i am a male.

Spot1990:
Once on holiday in a resort filled with English people. They had a few choice words for us "Irish scum". I was 14 and even grown men in their 30's and 40's were throwing shit and hurling abuse.

I find it an honor to have Irish in my blood! Screw biased people and their useless, time-wasting opinions!

Well's see.

Being half blind, having faith in Jesus, liking JRPGs, being white.

Unless you count being tormented in school for just being a nice, naive kid...then no.

But really, I hate someone who discriminates based on someone's appearance, or their beliefs, or etc, etc, etc.

If there is to be any hatred or discrimination, it must be done on a person by person basis, based on that person and their own personal ethic/attitude. IE, hate the person for being a bully/asshole and NOT because they're *insert race religion, or whatever here*.

im a vegetarian and while i have not once tried to force my diet or views on others, people constantly give me shit about it.

im an anarchist and people give me shit for that

im a male feminist (kinda goes hand in hand with anarchy) and due to a misunderstanding of feminism, people always attack me over that and often question my sexuality because of it (which makes no sense)

White Aussie male - lived in UK and Japan for long times though, so accent is very quirky (think of a mix between Aussie/NZ/Irish/Cockney). People dig my accent though. I tell them it's an 'Atlantean' accent.

Lived in Japan a long time. Nothing serious there - foreigners there usually overreact to any time they hear 'gaijin!', assigning all kinds of racist undertones that generally aren't there.

But in Japan there is definitely a kind of 'subtle' discrimination - myself and one of my Japanese friends were in a bar discussing 'wabisabi', an interesting Japanese term, trying to pin down a simple explanation (I'm sure someone will jump in with whatever shit it says on wikipedia, I don't want to hear it). This old guy in the bar started grumbling in very aggressive Osaka dialect that 'you can never understand this term because you are not Japanese'. It was an interesting opinion - that I couldn't comprehend an emotion because I wasn't of a particular race.

One of my friends put the discrimination in Japan very well - not sure if he came up with it but it's a good explanation:

People stop asking "How long have you been here?", and start asking "When will you go home?".

They don't mean anything particularly bad about it, but the underlying feeling is Japan is for the Japanese, and parts of our language and culture you will never understand. My wife is Japanese-born Korean, and she gets absolutely terrible discrimination against her in her home country - so much so that she uses several aliases to avoid it. She even has bank accounts in Japanese names so employers don't know she's not pure-blood Japanese.

But Japan is still a fantastic place, and I've experienced far more racism in Australia (as a white man!).

eh, people give me shit about my political beliefs and religion, and I've heard an occasional race joke about me being Chinese, but I've never been stomped on or w/e

CM156:

JacobShaftoe:

CM156:

I agree. I don't let what people say about me bother me. Because that's letting them win.

OT: Some people mock me for my somewhat Conservative Libertarian beliefs. But other than that, no. Not really.

Wow, love that whole "victim = choice" concept you're sharing there. There's some quote from Shakespeare about that mindset, but for the life of me I can't remember it...

OT: I cannot answer any particular one of those options exclusively, and even an "all of the above" option would miss out on some gems.

Words have no more weight against me than I allow them to. I simply don't allow something that would bother me to bother me. Quite simple, really.

Actions yes, those you've the right to be angry about. But words? Walk it off.

I agree somewhat. I bet it gets pretty tiresome if you get talked down on all the time. You likely have the privilege of generally not getting discriminated against, as do I, but I don't blame some people for letting the words get to them.

It doesn't happen often but there was this one little douche bag I knew in High School who constantly told me I was going to hell because I am an Atheist. No one else but this guy has given me shit for it and I am so glad I graduated and am never going to see him again.

White male in the Midwest United States. Not too much discrimination going on in my area, for most groups actually. At least in my high school, there isn't too much, at least outright, discrimination for any particular group. If there ever were any insults directed towards me it was probably in jest or being light hearted.

Actually there was one count of aggresion towards me in public and the only reason for it was that some of the blood from my kitten sacrifices to the gods got on a guy's jacket. People these days.

I live in around the Bible Belt, so occasionally people have been morons with regards to my total lack of religious convection/atheism/agnosticism/whatever the fuck you want to call it. It's nothing horrible (basically people just saying I'm a terrible person and that I'm going to hell, or saying they can't be friends with me, etc.), but it's the closest I've ever come to being "discriminated" against.

Let's see...

- I've been called a pussy for telling a guy that getting pot from a shady dealer off the street could be dangerous.

- I've been called a no life loser playing D&D, gaming, not playing hockey or being good at other team sports.

- Some ass called me a friendless nerd for reading at school.

- Many people called me gay for not liking Black Ops and for being a rock/metal fan.

Basicly, I've been discriminated for being a nerd.

You take a lot of shit being a Goth anywhere, I mean I even got it from my mom for a long time and I kept getting it until recently about my tattoos and piercings mostly. Before that it was all about my clothing choices (Tripp pants and stuff like it).

white male so not really. I used to be really fat so I got a lot of stares.

I'm a white guy in a mostly 'white' society.
I'm also an atheist in a mostly atheistic society.
So discrimination is pretty rare.
But every time I've been discriminated against, it's been by religious people.
They ask me what I think about God, or how often I go to church, and when I say I'm an atheist, they act as if I've assaulted them.
I try to respect religious people, I really do, but they make it so goddamn hard sometimes.

I have been discriminated for pretty much everything on the list at some point in my life save for politically and religiously, but I could see myself being discriminated against very easily in those last 2 ways in certain circles.

What is discriminated against? Of course we have all been judged based on one or more of the above factors unless we're REALLY REALLY lucky, and assuming it is simply that, then most people have been discriminated against here, and almost anywhere. Fortunately it's been nothing major for me, but there's still several little things I can think of

I went with other because I know I have been declined at least four different jobs I can confirm because of something protected under Ontario law. In particular.

- religion
- age
- gender
- weight

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