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Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:41 PM

 

"Douchebag": The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For

http://gawker.com/douchebag-the-white-racial-slur-we-ve-all-been-waiti-1647954231

I am a white, middle-class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of 150 to 200 undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me....

First of all, everyone knows that saying anything overtly racist in front of strangers is totally taboo. Even so, most of these kids are not new to conversations about race; the majority of them are students of color, including loads of junior college transfers, student parents, vets, and a smattering of white kids, mostly freshmen. Of course some are just scared of speaking in front of so many people, no matter what the topic.

So I cajole a few of them into "cracker" and "redneck." We can usually get to "hillbilly" or "trailer trash" or "white trash," possibly even "peckerwood," before folks recognize the "Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel" pattern of class discrimination here. And being that we are at a top ranked West Coast university, not only do we all share basic middle-class aspirations, but we can feel pretty safe in the fact that there are no "rednecks" here to insult....

"Have any of you ever called some one black or brown or Asian a douchebag?... How 'bout women or gay folks?" The students had no recognizable response to the initial suggestion. But with each refining question—"Ever call a poor person a douchebag?"—their widening eyes became knowing nods, nods became spoken agreement, and the scattered "yes" gathered into a room of collectively blown minds. Including mine. Yes, it turns out, only rich, white heterosexist men are douchebags.

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Reply "Douchebag": The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For (Original post)
KamaAina Oct 2014 OP
Nye Bevan Oct 2014 #1
KamaAina Oct 2014 #16
NV Whino Oct 2014 #20
JustAnotherGen Oct 2014 #21
KamaAina Oct 2014 #23
JustAnotherGen Oct 2014 #24
Erose999 Oct 2014 #31
KamaAina Oct 2014 #32
dilby Oct 2014 #2
joeybee12 Oct 2014 #3
madinmaryland Oct 2014 #15
joeybee12 Oct 2014 #18
uppityperson Oct 2014 #4
BlueStater Oct 2014 #5
justice1 Oct 2014 #9
closeupready Oct 2014 #42
lunasun Oct 2014 #51
snooper2 Oct 2014 #6
Cleita Oct 2014 #7
Cleita Oct 2014 #8
theHandpuppet Oct 2014 #37
GusBob Oct 2014 #10
KamaAina Oct 2014 #17
Marr Oct 2014 #11
Historic NY Oct 2014 #12
VanillaRhapsody Oct 2014 #13
titaniumsalute Oct 2014 #14
phil89 Oct 2014 #19
Orsino Oct 2014 #22
theHandpuppet Oct 2014 #38
Maedhros Oct 2014 #43
Orsino Oct 2014 #48
Maedhros Oct 2014 #50
The empressof all Oct 2014 #52
Rex Oct 2014 #25
arcane1 Oct 2014 #26
BeyondGeography Oct 2014 #27
bravenak Oct 2014 #28
One_Life_To_Give Oct 2014 #29
Silent3 Oct 2014 #30
Throd Oct 2014 #33
KamaAina Oct 2014 #36
tularetom Oct 2014 #34
gordianot Oct 2014 #35
Go Vols Oct 2014 #46
NightWatcher Oct 2014 #39
AverageJoe90 Oct 2014 #40
Xyzse Oct 2014 #41
Bluenorthwest Oct 2014 #44
theHandpuppet Oct 2014 #45
La Lioness Priyanka Oct 2014 #47
Horse with no Name Oct 2014 #49
tabbycat31 Oct 2014 #53


Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:21 PM

16. Not Allen West?

 

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:27 PM

20. He's just called stupid.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:35 PM

21. I do that in so many words

On his facebook page. I also throw a lot of 'jesus weeps' at him.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #21)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:38 PM

23. He has a Facebook page?

 

I need some

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:40 PM

24. Oh it's fun!

Yeah - not the public figure one - but the one where he promotes himself.

I get the most pushback when he rants and raves and he's got 100 folks liking him and high fiving him about 'taking back our country' and 'we need to get him(obama)' - and I just pop off with -


You. Funny.


Then I get nonsense about how I'm supposed to use a sarcasm tag.

I think my not editing it speaks volumes.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #16)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:53 PM

31. Spongebob Squarehead is such a better name for him. Douchebag is not nearly as specific.

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Response to Erose999 (Reply #31)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:57 PM

32. ROFL!

 



I never heard that one!

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:47 PM

2. I use douchebag for everyone who is a douche no matter race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

Hell I have called people douchebags over the internet and have no idea who they are other than they are douches.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:49 PM

3. Douchebag does not discriminate...applicable to all races, creeds, colors,

national original, sexual identity, sex...and especially applicable for DU members who visit our Sports Group.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:14 PM

15. I thought it was douchebass?

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:23 PM

18. That's the fishing subgroup of the sports forum...nt

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:50 PM

4. Seriously? kick to mark to check later.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:51 PM

5. "Have any of you ever called some one black or brown or Asian a douchebag?... "

Uh, yeah, actually.

This is stupid.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:01 PM

9. Yep...My son says it all the time to his younger brother, and they are the best of friends.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:13 PM

42. Yeah, where's the racism? Misogyny perhaps.

 

But racism, no. Not at all.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #42)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:24 PM

51. +1. My thought

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:57 PM

6. gawker fail LOL

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 01:58 PM

8. I never liked it as it refers basically to the female to insult a male.

I'm surprised that our militant feminists have not jumped on it as one of their no-no words. Douche, an innocent French word for washing or bathing, has been reduced to an insult and a misogynist one at that when you add the bag to it. I prefer asshole because it's not gender specific and everyone has one. If you want to ramp up the insult you can refer to an animal like a pig's asshole.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:05 PM

37. I agree.

It's a sexist insult.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:02 PM

10. There is a DUer who regularly uses the term

Well not so much now he is taking a time out

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Response to GusBob (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:23 PM

17. There is another DUer who has coined the term "douchebadge"

 

to refer to violent, trigger-happy cops. I have appropriated it.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:04 PM

11. "Douchebag" is completely race neutral, in my experience.

 

I can't say it's gender neutral, as I've rarely seen the term directed at a woman. But race and sexual orientation don't figure into that one at all, at least for me here in Los Angeles.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:04 PM

12. I'm thinking "sphincter" fits them better.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:07 PM

13. only a denier of White Male Priviledge would

 

Even be trolling students this way just to prove how equally oppressed White dudes are!

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:10 PM

14. Douchebag is pretty much an expression used across genders, races, creeds

I use the word to usually identify someone as an asshole. He's a douchebag or he's an asshole sort of sums it up the same.

Now if I'm really mad I may use douche barge, douche nozzle, or douche waffle.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:25 PM

19. And people paid for this

 

class?

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:36 PM

22. I'm pretty sure it's just a sexist slur. n/t

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Response to Orsino (Reply #22)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:07 PM

38. It is.

Because everyone knows a woman's parts are nasty. It says so in the Bible.

It's definitely NOT a gender neutral insult.

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Response to theHandpuppet (Reply #38)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:36 PM

43. I saw the term "douchebag" described thusly:

 

A douche is something entirely useless, and harmful to women, hence it's use as a slur.

That seemed accurate, but I still don't use the term myself because it certainly seems sexist.

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Response to Maedhros (Reply #43)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 11:27 AM

48. It's not a slur gecause a douche is useless, or potentially harmful.

It's a slur, and a sexist one, because it goes in lady parts and is therefore presumed filthy.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #48)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:18 PM

50. I generally agree, and don't use the term myself.

 

I was simply referring to another's lighthearted attempt to explain it.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #48)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:34 PM

52. Yep...

The douchebag was created to clean those "filthy" lady parts.

Personally I think we should start using enema face as a gender neutral alternative.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:42 PM

25. I've heard the word used for men and women of all races.

 

Said (IMHO) akin to calling someone an asshole. You can call anyone an asshole. Even pets.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:44 PM

26. This is worth reading in its entirety, no matter what one thinks of the headline.

 

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:45 PM

27. When used with McDouche it could be anti-Irish tho

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:46 PM

28. I use it for everyone.

 

But I prefer to discuss faces.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:47 PM

29. The Lord and Lady Douchebag was an SNL skit.

Douchbag, what would you like on your salad?

Just vinegar and water thanks.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:48 PM

30. If "douchebag" gets used more against rich white heterosexual men...

...then perhaps, for too many people, it's only a last resort to insult an individual for his or her actual behavior or attitude (you know, the stuff we can more rightly hold a person responsible for), a form of insult they fall back on only when taking a jab at a person's economic status, race, sexual orientation, or gender isn't the more convenient potshot.

Beyond that, it may also be that hallmarks of douchebag behavior include abuse of authority and an overblown sense of entitlement, things that rich white heterosexual men are at least a little more likely to fall prey to.

For myself, I think I'm more equal-opportunity in my application of the word, though I'd have to confess that (at least in my mind -- not expressed out loud) if a woman is acting in the same way that would lead me to think of a man as a douchebag, I'd often be guilty of having the word "bitch" pop into my head first.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 02:59 PM

33. Kanye West is the poster douche for douchebaggery.

You're either a douchebag or you're not. There is no racial component here.

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Response to Throd (Reply #33)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:03 PM

36. Correct!

 

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:01 PM

34. If the word "douchebag" didn't exist, I would be unable to drive a car

Years ago, my daughter in law threatened to not let my grandson ride with me because he got in trouble at school for calling some kid a douchebag. Of course she asked him where he learned such a word and he ratted me out - "grandpa yells it at the other drivers".

However, when it comes to pointing out somebody else's douchebaggery, I honestly believe I'm an equal opportunity observer.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:01 PM

35. Those who use the term are in need of insult vocabulary enhancement.

There are so many ways to insult a person that require creativity and fore thought. For example it is just lazy to use a one-word insult on your average Republican or Fox news contributor.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #35)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:58 PM

46. +1

I have never used the term,and every time I hear it,it makes my mind go back many years to when I remember an actual douche bag hanging from my Grandmothers shower head.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:08 PM

39. Horseshit. Just because a bunch of entitled white pricks ARE dbags, doesn't make it racial

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:10 PM

40. Not so sure about this, TBH.

 

Douchebaggery isn't really exclusive to white folks, for one.

But, raising a good point that some folks on Gawker brought up, you know one word that practically has been used as an ethnic slur by some nastier folks out there? "Privileged".....or more specifically, "White Privileged". Like the word "douchebag", under those certain contexts, it's also meant to be *quite* demeaning, but unlike "douchebag", it really does apply *solely* to a single ethnic group.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:12 PM

41. That's not true.

I've called many a punk, douchebag.

I generally equate it to someone who feels entitled to do stuff or complain about carp that most others would just shrug off and deal with.

So, it fits many different people. It isn't my fault that it just so happens that white male heterosexuals with an evangelical Christian bent tend to fit that description with an increased regularity.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:45 PM

44. The proper slur and only correct word for rich, white heterosexist men is 'Republican'.

 

We need no other. Republican says it all.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #44)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 03:58 PM

45. We have a winner!!

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 04:06 PM

47. lol. hardly.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 11:31 AM

49. I've been known to use this term

as well as douche nozzle. I know....

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:38 PM

53. First thing that comes up when you type 'douchebag' into Google images




I've used the term frequently and interchangeably with toolbag, douche canoe, douche, etc. 90% of the people I've called that have been well one person, my ex boyfriend. He happens to be white, but anyone who acted like him (regardless of their skin color) would be called that by me.

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