What do you consider an offensive question to ask?
I recently found that A question I had been asking to my peers was considered offensive, and I had no idea! It was not my intention to be offensive, I just hadn't considered it.
I suppose it would be the who not the what you were proposing your question to. Meaning,some people are just easily offended or extremely private. I'm fairly open if its a social situation and I am asked something I may find offensive...I just usually reply "Next question."
Are you a God? maybe
Can I copy your homework everday? sure all wrong answer
It reminds me of an oscar Wilde saying " it's the spectator and not life that art really mirrors", I guess people will be offended or they won't depending on the individual's upbringing, intelligence, religious persuasion etc.... I once asked why people were offended by nudity and got a mixed response to say the least. But you shouldn't shy away from asking questions and challenging people so long as its well intended .
I am a private person who never asks others intrusive questions or questions that may be probing yet, I have had all kinds of nonsensical and offensive things asked of me, such as how did/do you make your money? Usually, the most probing and intrusive questions come from complete strangers.
Also, while shopping recently, I experienced the absolute horror of a cashier asking my boyfriend if I was wild in bed. We were buying household stuff. How does one make "small talk" about the customer's sex lives? Make no mistake about it, she was a complete stranger to us both, in both cases the women asking were decades older than us both. Maybe it's an old woman thing? This was so rude and inconsiderate and she said this with people's children within earshot. Some of them looked on in shock.
My boyfriend and I are reserved and private so we both were offended, no matter what we said or did she kept asking...three times! What does a 60+ year old woman need to know about the sex lives of strangers? I simultaneously wanted to smack her and get her fired. These intrusive experiences bring new and shocking perspective on the saying "I have never..."
One question some might find offensive to ask is: What brand hair color do you use?
Something related to sex, family matters and hygeine. Nobody would like to hear questions about their personal or private matter being ask for no reason unless you are a doctor. It is better to get to know the other party from someone else being trying to be closer. That way, nobody would be hurt.
The question can not be termed as offensive till it is answered by the audience feeling offended. Had it been possible to put a "Poll Capsule" to such a question, you might not have asked the above question. Anyhow recommending to HP to add polls to the questions in Q and A section.
I suppose it all depends on the culture of the person. I was socked when (for the first time) I was asked "what do you do for a living?" and even today I feel that is a rude question and not better than "how old are you?"
"What's your religion?"
leads to more bloodshed than anything in the world
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