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  •  Agree, with a but (none)
    I think bitches does belong in a separate category - it is used so widely that it is largely disconnected from its original meaning. The context still matters, of course.

    I also think that you need to keep in mind that most folks who use such terms aren't consciously using them to be derogatory towards women. And while I would agree that their use can have that derogatory impact, you'd also be making a mistake to assume that every use of it has a negative masculinity behind it.

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Tue May 31, 2005 at 08:05:12 PM PDT

    •  As I said in my diary (4.00)
      I do not assume that use of sexist language, particularly on this site, reflects rampant woman hating.  I think it's a careless mistake which sends the wrong message to friends and enemies alike.
    •  My thought here... (4.00)
      I also think that you need to keep in mind that most folks who use such terms aren't consciously using them to be derogatory towards women.

      My thought...is that maybe they ought to think about it. Yes, sometimes it is tossed off as a quick and flippant comment. But if thought is put into the idea, then it would be more effective if the words were equally thought out.

      Language is a very powerful and useful tool. If used with thought, it can do amazing things.

      Yes, context does matter.

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