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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 06:50 PM
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28. "she acted bitchy"
I don't think I AM preaching to the choir.

It's great that you fight for women's rights. But the language you are using serves to keep women, as women, in their place. Ditto with "witch".

"Snot-head" would be a great gender neutral alternative.

I'd be interested to hear the logic behind why attaching someone's race to an insult isn't equivalent to attaching their gender to an insult. I guess that's where I'm going with asking you to examine your language. "I don't equate the words" isn't really a critical examination.

Not that you have to do it here and now to appease me, but I'm at least hoping you'll reflect on it at some point, about how language like that serves to remind people that "women" or "blacks" tend to act in inappropriate ways, and how that sort of language reinforces racism and sexism in others.

I am a little at a loss as to how anyone could fight for the rights of an oppressed group, while using slurs against that group. It's confusing.
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