Thank you again Michael. The real or imagined - we mistakingly believe that we live in an homogeneous culture because we live in the same country, it's not. What you may not intend as offensive may be perceived as so. It doesn't make them less offended.
Ahh, but just becasue someone has offended me doesn't give me the right to "regulate" them.
Regulate, used as a verb: to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc
I'm not saying a person doesn't have a right to defend him/herself. If I happen to be starring at a young man and he takes offense to it he still has no right to regulate my starring via physical force. Nor should he try to regulate my starring using aggressive language as this would only escalate the situation. Maybe I wan't starring, maybe I was just spaced out in thought. Perhaps I am starring but not at him but at the young lady that is in his general vicinity.