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Should there be legal curbs on "offensive" language?

  • Yes we should ban some words

    Freedom of speech is not freedom to offend or hurt. It's illegal to punch somebody so it should be illegal to be racist or homophobic because that could really hurt somebody's feelings. Free speech has to have limits to protect people in my opinion. Also, if certain words are banned it will reduce the impact of racism and sexism etc in society.

  • Yes there should be legal curbs on offensive language.

    I believe that we have the right to say things so long as it does not harm someone else or offend someone else. That is as far as free speech should go, in my mind. So I do not mind having legal curbs in place to stop racist, offensive, and vulgar language.

  • Offensive language is BULLYING!

    Bullying can be defined as a repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behavior that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. The government has anti-bullying campaigns all over the country and doing all they can to prevent bullying from happening inside schools. But if physical bullying stops, what about verbal bullying? It can be just as harmful but there is no law preventing it! Verbal bullying can lead to depression and many other mental disorders. One in three people in Australia have experience some form of bullying during their adolescence. Around the world 200 million young people get bullied each year, but young people are not the only ones, adults also get bullied in the society. Offensive language is bullying, so why isn’t anything being done to deal with it. This reformed speech should be dealt before any permanent damage to the society is done.

  • Offensive language is BULLYING!

    Bullying can be defined as a repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behavior that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Offensive language is bullying, it is 100% verbal abuse that could harm the victim. The government has anti-bullying campaigns all over the country and doing all they can to prevent bullying from happening inside schools. But if physical bullying stops, what about verbal bullying? It can lead to depression and many other mental disorders. One in three people in Australia have experience some form of bullying during their adolescence. Around the world 200 million young people get bullied each year, but young people are not the only ones, adults also get bullied in the society. Offensive language is bullying, so why isn’t anything being done to deal with it. This reformed speech should be dealt before any permanent damage to the society is done.

  • Offensive language should be banned

    Prohibit means to ban, formally forbid by law. Laws provide us with a benchmark into what is acceptable behavior and what is unacceptable behavior in society. Offensive language in definitely not tolerable behavior in society, there’s a law for speeding, a law for murder and a law for theft, so why shouldn’t there be a law for offensive and abusive behavior? This law will enforce the protection of rights of all individuals and may help reduce bullying which could lead to depression and in the worst case suicide, this new law may also stop abuse towards racial groups through insults and gender discrimination.

    If we make a law to prohibit offensive statements, we’ll learn to be more compassionate to one another, for example there was a lady on a train verbally abusing an African man, you see? This is the sort of behavior we don’t want to encourage, we want to be able to speak to one another with kindness.

    Posters and signs don’t get the message of not abusing and bullying each other, the government need to enforce a law to get the message to stick to public, even when a public speaker from an anti-bullying organization comes to your school or work place and speaks to you about how bullying is bad, it’s not doing any favours for us or how it leads to depression and suicide, people still do all those things. Thats why they should enforce a law for offensive and abusive behavior.

  • Yes we should ban some words

    Freedom of speech is not freedom to offend or hurt. It's illegal to punch somebody so it should be illegal to be racist or homophobic because that could really hurt somebody's feelings. Free speech has to have limits to protect people in my opinion. Also, if certain words are banned it will reduce the impact of racism and sexism etc in society.

  • It would never end and we would lose our democracy

    If this was upheld as constitutional then it would set a precedent that would essentially make the 1st amendment irrelevant. The people posting in the Yes column show that there is a serious problem with naivety in today's generation. These people seriously think that if the government censored speech they considered offensive that it would all just magically end there. But what would be more likely is that this would set precedent to ban speech that they agree with.

    For instance, what if the wealthy argue that speech against income inequality and speech saying that they have too much power and influence (which they do) is "classist" and is "offensive", and then they get enough people elected to make laws against that speech? If we ban speech for being racist or homophobic or sexist then we're setting a precedent for them to do that.

    Down the road it could lead to the same sad situation seen in many other countries around the world. In some countries they are nominally democratic and opposition parties are allowed in theory, but in reality only one party ever wins elections because any criticism is quickly squelched by passing censorship laws.

  • Why should you care?

    People can say what they want becuase they have a right to. If someone did something stupid to you, you wouldnt let that slide right? You'd probaly get angry. We have right to sya. Bullying is not an option as well. Saying that its bullying is kinda stupid because.....Hellloooo welcome to the real world where your opinion doesnt affect other people behaviour . Forcing someone to not be "offensive" is bullying in a way. Ha, its kinda funny how there could be people who take this offensive. Man up people becuase you staying nice isnt going to get you anywhere. Like they say "nice guys finish last"

  • Because it's wrong.

    Its not supposed to be on signs like that because people will think to themselves, why would they put that on signs? It means that the signs mean a curse word or something else. If they ever see it again, they'll probably scared for life, and sad from being offended from that signs.

  • Freedom of Speech

    Like it or not, offensive language is part of our freedom of speech. So get use to the cussing, swearing, and teasing. If you don't like it, then you can ignore it. Nobody is forcing you to listen. Besides, for the most part, offensive language usually leads the truth. It tells the people what kind of person they are or what the person think of the person they are referring to. On top of that, do you really want to be treated like a child with someone else watching over you to see if you said a bad word?

  • Difficult to Enforce

    In my opinion, banning offensive language is hard to enforce in the public. There's not going to be a cop in every corner of a shopping mall, to give out fines to people who swear or say offensive things to people. There are more other issues such as bank robberies and theft to watch out for. (Duong Nguyen, 15, 14/8/2013)

  • Words are just that.

    In my opinion, words are just words. Offensive language is only offensive is someone let's it be offensive. Take away the primal emotions one associates with offensive terms and they lose their meaning. No more meaningless arguments. Comedians embrace the idea of changing the meaning of offensive language on an emotional level and evening the term for all to be able to embrace and accept.

  • Absolutely not.

    Any legal sanctions against speech that someone or another determines to be 'offensive' would be a major blow to freedom of speech. If one form of 'offensive' speech were punished, soon other forms would follow. Almost any opinion is inevitably offensive to one person or another. This would ultimately mean no speech being protected and that anyone could end up punished simply for voicing their opinions.

  • There should not be legal cuts on offensive language.

    No, there should not be legal cuts on "offensive" language. "Pants" was considered a dirty word in colonial times. The legal system has no jurisdiction over what constitutes offensive language, and it would be impossible to regulate this law. Furthermore, legal stifling of any language violates the rights of the first amendment.

  • No, free speech is the basis of our democracy

    I do not believe that there should be any legal curbs placed on "offensive" language because the restricting of free speech goes against the primary principles of our democracy. Perhaps hate speech should continue to have a higher degree of legal ramifications because it often sparks violence, but language should not be restricted in any way other than hate speech.

  • No, there should not be legal curbs on "offensive" language.

    No, I don't believe that there should be legal curbs on offensive language. This type of language has been around for many years and we already have certain legal curbs and restrictions against it. For example, the FCC heavily fines any tv shows or movies that have offensive language, and for the most part, restrictions like this work fine. To complete outlaw this type of language would infringe on our 1st amendment rights.


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