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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:40 PM

Is "douchebag" a sexist term when used as an insult? [View all]

My impression is that anything associated primarily or exclusively with females that is used as an insult is generally regarded as sexist.

A whole raft of terms for female genitalia, for example, are used as insults to both genders but particularly men. References to <gasp!> menstruation are regarded as insulting, as in "on the rag" and "quit ragging on me."

So is "douchebag" sexist?

Why are we saying "douchebag" and "douchenozzle" to insult someone instead of the more gender-universal (and scatological) "enemabag" or "enemanozzle?"

Why has it become a prefix in the creation of compound insults like "douchehat" or "douchepig?"

Is it the onomatopoesy of the hard labial "D" followed by the soft "oosh" morpheme? Just more fun to say?

Or am I missing out on a whole world of male hygeine practices? Do guys use a bottle and nozzle to clean some other portion of their anatomy? Is "douchebag" or "doucheanything" an equal-opportunity insult?

I'm just, you know... curious about this stuff.

wonderingly,
Bright

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