17 June 2012

No, I am Not Being a Prude

Sometimes I utter a foul oath in frustration or anger, and someone who hears me waves a rhetorical finger, saying, "Aren't you a man of God?" or some such thing.  Leaving aside the option of saying ww are all 'children of God' and the odd assumption (given the endless parade of pastoral perverts) that clergy are natrually more prudish, I do think it is best for public people (clergy being only one form) not to employ coarse language in public.  Here's why:

A term that generally means jerk, but actually refers to a female sanitary device (I hate to be more explicit) has become a favorite among left leaning critics of the political order.  I ran into this morning in a piece about a Tulsa employer who is overtly rejecting non evangelicals as employees, which is an illegal form of discrimination.  He writes,

"The idea that they can act with impunity toward the law by trumping the civil rights of others is typical of these Fundamentalists. Fortunately, for Mr. Wolfe, these particular douchebags acted in a way that ended up with them getting caught."

My problem is with the highlighted word, not the story itself.  And not because it is coarse, but because it is misogynistic. 

This week our esteemed speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives silenced a duly elected member for using the word 'vagina' on the floor.  She was literally ruled out of order and prohibited from speaking on the floor for a whole 24 hours because of her indecorous language.  Fortunately, there is a lovely uproar about  this.  Read the story here.

But how good are those on the left if they use the above term as an epithet?  I have heard it bandied about on "The Daily Show" and seen it in commentary on various news sites.  And that's only because other terms are still too coarse to be used in public discourse, two of the worst of which are also female centered words. 

Folks, it is time to listen to the lady and show a little RESPECT.  If the worst words we have to utter have something about women in them, we need better words...

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