For example, I'm reading Charles Lamb's A Dissertation on Roast Pig this morning, which is full of detailed and lovely descriptions of meat-eating, which I am tempted to quote, and use as a jumping off point for discussions of roasted meat just past and soon to come. But I know that it distresses some of my ethical-vegetarian friends to read such things. Sometimes I feel like I should put warning labels on certain entries, so they can avoid them. It's not that I'm likely to change my own views on the subject, but do I need to cause them additional distress? It's probably hard enough just getting through the mass-media blast of the holiday season without hearing it from their friends too.
And conversely, I've gained about five pounds in the last month, as a result of harried time -- not finding time to exercise, and grabbing whatever I can eat quickly and easily, rather than choosing healthier options. It's tipped me over from the high end of the weight that I'm comfortable with to the other side, to the point where I dislike the way I look in photos and video. Which there are a lot of, this time of year. So I'd like to talk about that here, and make some plans to address the weight in the next few weeks, so I'm in a better place before the Christmas feasting. But a lot of my friends are strong believers in the fat acceptance philosophies, and they find weight-loss talk frustrating / irritating/ triggering / upsetting / etc. And while I'm okay with irritating a friend on occasion, I certainly don't want to trigger anyone with anorexia issues, for example, especially at a time of year when so many others in the population are thinking about the same things, making gym resolutions, etc.
I don't know. It feels awkward and clunky to throw warnings on everything I write that might be potentially problematic. After all, lots of people don't share my views on sex and poly relationships or on writing sexually explicit material, and I don't apologize or bracket those posts. Similarly for political posts about elections, or economics, or education. But somehow that feels different. I don't know if I could say why.
No conclusions here. Just questions. What would / do you do?