Friday, April 2, 2010

The "P" Word.

I'm not a big fan of the P word.  It's like the N word, for women.  It exists for one reason: to humiliate and insult.

Don't get me wrong.  I love insulting people.

There are other words, like ass-hole. Ubiquitous words that apply to all of mankind.  Behavior based.  The P word targets women.  The N word targets people of color.They are extra offensive because they insult on the presumption the target is inherently bad.

It's probably safe to say a white man coined both words.

What's the insulting term for a white man? There isn't one.

I have great respect for the power of language.  We think with words.  If no word exists for "bad white man" how does one express it...um quickly? 

One doesn't.  

Imagine my suprise in driving past a sign combining my favorite phrase "politcally correct" (which I'm not) with my most abhorred? Don't ask me the meaning of the hand gesture I'm making. It's my "I'm-a-bad-ass" sign.

I'm certain it means something awful like, "Go Long Horns".

15 comments:

Charlene said...

More awful than the "p" word is he "c" word. If you need an explaination feel free to e.mail me!

The best word for a bigoted man is the "s" word; stupid.

Jenny said...

Wow. What a seriously intellectual sign.

NOT!

I saw you on a friends sidebar and was intriqued.

Charmaine said...

Jenny, what a seriously non-intellectual comment.

Use your words little lady.

SSP said...

i think the word pussy can be used for either sex charmaine. I think glenn beck is a pussy, and I think people who sign the posts Anonymously are pussies.....I think when it is used as a NOUN is when it is referring to the female genitalia...not the woman her self....

Charmaine said...

I guess I was talking about the intent of the word. How it is used now is rather insignificant.

Irish Gumbo said...

They also need a spell checker: "You're a pussy" is what I think they meant :)

So spake Cliff Clavin :)

Charmaine said...

hee hee. Yes, they need spell check. Morons.

secret agent woman said...

I loathe boththe P word and the C word - they make me cringe and I agree that they are designed to degrade. But did you notice the goob who put up the sign is too stupid to know he should have used "you're."

Charmaine said...

secret agent - Oh, yes, I noticed. It's part of the irony. But I didn't notice until I saw the picture. I was trapped in the moment, perhaps.

Plus, I'm a terrible speller.

LL said...

Nice gang sign Charm... ;)

Don said...

Nice post; I agree completely about all the negative terms. As to one for white guys, maybe they are there but not available to beautiful white women? Besides, as you also pointed out, there are plenty of terms that fit anyone. I try to stick to using those but have to admit to THINKING the others ocassionally.

webberpa said...

We used to say white trash to refer to bad white people. The guys I work with come up with some funny ones; but lookihere, dont take the P word as being all bad. Most of mankind (and a whole lotta woman kind) spend the better part of their thinkin of, courtin, or using P. And you women know it, too and use it to your advantage. So I, nor alot of other guys are not going to feel all that sorry for you if the word happens to make you feel bad. There are worse things. Much much worse.

BlueEyedWonder said...

The P word doesn't bother me so much as the "C" word..I HATE that word and it's a fighting word!!

Grammar nazi's!!! your/you're...lol..j/k

Actually, I liked the sign...

Anonymous said...

Hmm. You know a "white man" owns the sign because ....?

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