Earlier this week I purposefully used the term “shaming” in a post about news anchor, Jennifer Livingston, and the email she received from a “concerned” viewer. Everyone probably knows the response she gave the viewer and the rallying people did for her, myself included. By now, people relate the term shaming to teasing, and of course it carries a negative connotation.
Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t count the types of shaming I’ve read people being accused of doing. Slut shaming, short people shaming, fat shaming, plastic surgery shaming (yes, someone said that this week in the comment section), the list goes on. Apparently no one is exempt from being put to shame. But is the term shaming being abused and overused?
A few months ago I was accused of being a slut shamer on my own Facebook page, because of a joke I posted. The comment section turned into some “anti-shaming” initiative, because three women were offended. I didn’t mind the back and forth with them, but if a joke gets you that riled up online, I hope the same amount of energy is exerted offline in whatever cause offends you on a particular day.
Do we live in an overly sensitive world, where you have to walk on eggshells and be careful with what you say at all times? Personally, I’m not the type of person to bite my tongue. But I also don’t say things in malice to purposefully offend people. As a person that writes comedy and satire, I find myself asking if there’s anything left that can be made fun of, besides politicians. Who knows, maybe there’s political shaming as well.
Do you think the term shaming is overused?