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I’m arguing that the tool too often isn’t being used effectively or as it was originally intended. My hurt feelings is only one very small part of the argument. As I understand it, the word is really just short-hand for something that can be explained with various other words, and when it’s used publicly it’s mostly used as a weapon and not a tool. I’m not the first to make the argument either — it was made at least once three years ago:

I don’t want to be close-minded about this though — if you can help me understand how the word is more beneficial than harmful, I’m all ears.

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