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Is it acceptable to talk about or even debate these topics around the dining table?

If yes, are there any topics that are off limits at meal time?

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I'm always happy to discuss pretty much any topic!! I hate limiting conversation to "polite" stuff. Having said that my dad has told me that I'm not allowed to talk about placentas at the dinner table lol - As a childbirth educator, doula and birth activist I think placentas is a totally great conversation topic...my family not so much.
maybe not at dinner....lol
by jonaja
Especially when the conversation is about consuming the placenta...I'm thinking everyone was left wondering whether it really was beef on the BBQ lol
by lizzi
In my many years on this planet, I would say these two topics, esp Religion are off limits.'
It is important we don't enter into a conversation, for our 'own' appetite that
can gravitate to things getting heated.
Polite and happy conversation is more needed at any dinner table,it helps greatly with digestion!
I think there are topics that are "off the table" in certain company. So While I'm happy to talk politics with most people, if I knew that the people I was eating with had strongly opposing views, and thus that the topic would be uncomfortable, I would consider it rude to bring up.
Not at our place they aren't! We have meaty political conversations quite regularly.
Yes we do too and in 2014 with Tony Abbott as PM they are meatier than ever. When I was growing up, both topics were always discussed at the dinner table and if children aren't exposed to politics at an early age, how will they ever be able to pick and choose who they vote for. Probably all those people that voted for Tony Abbott never had their parents tell them about what to avoid in choosing a leader of a country.
by fran.
At my house there are no limits to the topics that are up for discussion. In public however I try to avoid awkward situations by bringing up sensitive topics.

There are some individuals that may not be as tactful when upset.
I think they're important conversations to have, so I wouldn't say they're off the table. Though I certainly wouldn't discuss them with some people.
by Vee
I think they are fun topics! Probably don't bring them up with completely new people - but they're always sure to create some fireworks!
Yes, & SEX as well!

If they're not permitted to be discussed in the Mess, they're not permitted at home, as far as we're concerned!
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