Personally, I love it when I am debating somebody and they end up saying that they are offended.
To me, this is just a way to articulate whining.
"You just offended me!" or "That's offensive" is just so silly to throw into a serious discussion. You especially hear it a lot when you want to challenge religion.
This is probably the best way I've ever heard the subject of this brand of "offense" discussed, courtesy of the very amazing Stephen Fry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnSByCb8lqY
It's nice to hear somebody so incredibly intelligent and talented agree with someone as simple as myself on something, damned near word for word.
In fact, do yourself a favor and listen to this entire discussion.
Here are two highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfmqiBfoPwAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-vp9avS ... re=related
(Fry's closing is some of my favorite words EVER spoken on humanism- bear with the rambling question, the answer is worth it...pick it up at 1:53)
You might combat a word like "chick" by simply recognizing the simplicity of the person using it within the forum of critique- which I don't think there's much in this thread for anybody to get too worked up about.