These are comments by Shoutybloke and mayfly on the post “Thoughts on ‘Creep’“.
“‘Creep’ and ‘creepy’ aren’t useful words because they describe an emotional response, rather than behavior that triggered that response. Telling someone ‘You’re a creep’ isn’t useful, it gives that person no information with which to modify their undesieable behavior. Telling someone ‘That guy’s creepy’ is likewise useless, It’s a stronger way of saying ‘I don’t like that guy’ without giving any information about WHY he’s considered a threat; it’s simply a call for ostracism based on emotion.
“I’m fairly frustrated by the argument that the word ‘creep’ is sometimes used against people who are perfectly innocent, thus we should stop using it (not that Ozy is saying that here, just that it seems to pop up a lot.)
“All insults are used inappropriately sometimes. A guy called me an asshole for parking (legally, not blocking anything or taking up multiple spots) in front of his house the other day while I dropped off something for a friend. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to go out and start saying we need to ban the word in order to curb ‘asshole-shaming.’ It just means that humans are humans and sometimes throw insults or labels at people who don’t deserve them.
“And if you can think of a better word than ‘creep’ for the guy who drove slowly alongside me for a block, leaning out the window and hissing ‘nice, nice, nice, nice’ as I biked to the grocery store on Saturday, I’d like to hear it. Because that was motherflippin’ creepy.”
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