She looks more like a weasel...Just kidding!Name calling is never justified.
I have a difficult time with rudeness. It sounds like he doesn't care for it, either. I think he might have done better just saying, "There's no need to be rude." Once you enter the arena of name-calling you lose sight of the problem. Those sort of arguments are likely to digress to "and your momma drives me crazy." And that might be true, but it has NOTHING to do with the original complaint.
Women have such a hard time. If we're aggressive, we're called bi*ches. If we get weepy it's because we're hormonal and we're thought to be emotionally unstable. If we get mad or are rude, we're shrews. We are called any number of things when we act and/or react to a situation. But for men... being aggressive is masculine, being emotional is being sensitive, and getting angry or rude is his right.
His nose is a bit pointy, but it's better not to stoop to any kind of personal attack. Besides, she's about to prove she is a shrew, and it would be better if she didn't. Take the high ground.
Name calling is never called for. She could very well be a shrewd, but he should've only said that she was being rude and left it at that. I personally take more offense to her response though because I feel attacking someone's appearance is in fact extremely rude, which proves his point, but also more hurtful.
Thanks guys. Your responses have given me stuff to think about which can move this interaction in several directions. It is true that people view mannerisms between men and women a bit differently, which in itself can cause conflict.
And their reduced to name calling. Is the name justified? I don't think so. I don't know what led to the argument but they are nowhere near solving it now.
Shrew always seems to be a name directed at a female. Pretty sure there must be shrews of both genders. Why is it a derogatory term for a female and not men?
Haha. That's a good word for it. I hear people being rude all the time and, when you call them on it, they say, "I'm just being honest."
I think a "shrew" has a bad rap there. Territorial doesn't always equate to rude. However, you can interpret territorial to being rude, if the person feels they are being threatened. Men can be shrewish also - as this guy seems to be. No wonder they don't get along. Must be a love story there . .
I like how the word "shrew" sums up the person being described in one word.
Good food for thought here. I agree that shrews come in both genders. Name calling and rude behaviour does bring out the worse in us, no matter how hard we try to ignore it.
I always say, be very careful what comes out of your mouth because there is power in the spoken word...Depending on the context, it can cause irreparable damage to a relationship...
Shrew is a strong word, although I've met people who fit the description.
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