**WARNING*** There will be strong language in this post, and I assume any following discussion.
This morning on our local radio station there was an interesting discussion about the usage, intent and impact of swearing.
It was sparked by a satirical TV show, Dirty Laundry Live, using strong language to discuss Charles Saatchi, soon to be ex husband of Nigela Lawson. During the shows opening monologue the host Lawrence Mooney described him as a cunt.
To put it in context the comment was shown live to air although it was scripted. Mooney has stated they did have a strong discussion on whether to use it or not but he contends that it was both justified and effective.
The discussion it sparked was centered around the appropriateness or not of using that language on live to air television.
From a personal perspective I have no problem with the use of the word. Words are just words, some have more impact than others. Its the values you ascribe to that word, and the context they are use that matters.
In this particular instance I think calling the man a cunt was an effective and appropriate usage. Its not wording i would use around my children but again its not a show children should be watching.
The interesting part of the debate and what I was interested in discussing here was the contention that using the word contributed to violence against women. I can't say I agree with that argument.
As I said before words are just words. I'm sure that the word cunt CAN be used to denigrate women, but in the context it was used I don't think it does.
Is calling someone a prick, a cock head or a dick demeaning to men? Sure they aren't words with as much impact but they are all negative words associated with male genitalia.
If I use those words to purposefully denigrate a group then I should be condemned. But is that what has happened here?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
The easy Q: Is there a way to prevent PTSD?
I don't see violence ending.
Some people cope with it better than others. For instance, of the three young women held captive and raped for years, the one who managed her escape has been going public. She is coping; her ordeal might result in her life having a purpose she couldn't have foreseen.
The other two have been silent and probably need help. I hope they're getting it.
PTSD's least severe symptom is an alertness that might be a near-clinical level of paranoia. I hope they don't take on the stresses of parenting.
The other Q: Do I have anything to say...?
If what I say would move them to turn the transport around and come back, I would say it. I would next have to administer medications to:
1) lower their testosterone level,
2) raise their oxytocin level, and
3) render them skeptical of the American history they'd been fed.