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Recreational outrage is a phrase I’ve heard tossed around for a little while now. It seems that people are so well off in certain aspects of life that they have to be angry for someone else, or are angry that something in the world is offending to their personal sense of morals or beliefs. As a retail employee that trades in culture, with books, magazines, music, movies, and toys, I see a fair share of this outrage.

If it isn’t political party X being evil, political party Y is even MORE evil, but not as evil as blah blah blah… Or we have those self righteous people getting their panties in a twist over crap that really has no sway over their personal life.
People even get offended at our response of, “If you don’t like it, don’t buy/watch/consume it.”

I personally don’t care if people find something sexual about naked athletes. I care about making sales at my job so I can continue to afford food and rent.
I don’t care about what Teen Vogue is writing about. Sensationalism sells but you DON’T HAVE TO BUY IT.
A lot of factors to why all of these things are selling and getting talked about is because armchair moralists are bringing them to our attention.

What one person finds offensive or dangerous to society is dramatically different from another person’s viewpoint. Forcing someone into your viewpoint is dangerous. Burning Teen Vogue magazines or vandalizing property to make a statement only hurts your cause.

Also, it doesn’t take much to find out how big of a hypocrite these people are.