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  •  I've written the reply to this a number of times. (3+ / 0-)

    Logically, the two are not the equivalent, especially in terms of the power imbalances.

    It's a lot like the difference between 'honky' and 'n****er'.

    First, in terms of the power imbalance - men have have it.  We're a patriarchal society, in which women have had to spend centuries working towards equality.  Using language that denigrates women reinforces the imbalance.  Using language that denigrates men is sucky, but does not actually reinforce a 'matriarchy', because it doesn't exist.

    Second, why does 'pussy' denigrate women?  Because it's used solely when talking about men, or people the speaker doesn't know are females, to imply that they're being 'feminine', and that doing so is a 'bad thing'.  

    Calling someone a 'dick' does not mean they're 'masculine', and therefore does not mean that being masculine is a bad thing.

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