“Dignitary harm”: The new legal standard of the tyranny of hurt feelings

From Rick Plasterer at Juicy Ecumenism:

Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that hurt feelings would count as legal harm, especially hurt feelings at the conscience convictions of others? And yet this is exactly what is being seriously advanced as a legal standard today. Simply by replacing a term – hurt feelings – that refers to personal pain at someone else’s adverse judgment, which in a free society ought to be a personal matter rather than a matter of public concern, with a high sounding legal term, “dignitary harm,” today’s sexual revolutionaries have managed to make an injury that people would historically have been ashamed to advance and would have been considered foolish into a claim that has to be taken seriously and engaged if we want to avoid its devastating consequences. More.

Reality check: Not only will “dignitary harm” become an increasingly serious claim, but its demands and their outcomes will become increasingly bizarre. It is helpful to remember that many people in society today affirm their identity by needing things that – typically – government must provide by co-opting goods and services from you against your conscience. If you vote for it, you own it.

See also: But when the SJWs declare war on reality they really do mean it, you know. As did the profs who taught them. That’s the New Year’s lesson for the rest of us, going forward.

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