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There's been a lot of chatter about the need for cultural sensitivity of this site, and the need for the community to understand that their experiences may not apply to others. The context for this has been stated very well by HDE2286868, in his answer to Just the facts ma'am. Or reigning in answers: Talking about a different country might not help anyone....


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It depends on what the opinion is about... Using your bullfighting example, it's easy to see how this issue could tie into deeper feelings about issues of animal cruelty vs tradition or cultural heritage. It's unfortunate, but some things end up being somewhat polarizing. I definitely have my own deeply held beliefs; beliefs that are so important to me ...


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There are three different ways "just expressing your opinion" can be offensive. The first is if you phrase it rudely, without any suggestion that it's an opinion. "That's useless!" "That's not worth your time!" "What a ridiculous hobby!" sort of thing. These can generally be fixed by adding "I think" or "for me" and making it clearer that you're not judging ...


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How could stating your opinion ever be offensive? I would no write this, if I read this the first time now, but I read that regularly here on IPS. I come from Austria, and in our culture, its not really offensive to state ones own opinion on a matter. Well, it's probably also the way things are stated that is important here. And that IS an Interpersonal ...


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