Workplace Sensitivifilter. I seem to be in disagreement with a large number of people on whether the Japanese "rising sun" flag is inappropriate for the workplace, per a tangentially related ask.meta post.
posted by Phyltre to MetaFilter-Related at 4:41 PM (368 comments total)
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A coworker finds and installs a great distressed-cotton 13-star American flag. We both agree I should get a Japanese Navy flag for my workspace for a few reasons, some personal and some aesthetic. I posted to ask.metafilter asking where to find one distressed or just a cotton one that I might distress myself.
...Turns out lots of metapeople find this flag objectionable. Somemetabody said they'd try to get me fired for hanging it in my private, doored office. I just don't get it--it's a flag, not obscene or profane, and it's currently in use by the Japanese navy.
Jessamyn said take it to talk, so please talk with me about this. I want to know how something like a flag or symbol can be offensive enough that someone would not want me to hang it in my personal workspace. This idea is completely foreign to me.