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Outlawing the “B” word

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Outlawing the “B” word

Outlawing the “B” word
October 31
13:44 2019

The latest bit of nonsensical political correctness and speech censorship comes from Massachusetts.  No surprise there.  In yet another peek through the looking glass of modern liberalism, we find this bit of news.

The state legislature in the commonwealth have taken up a bill that would ban the use of the word “bitch” when used as a pejorative – or as they put it, “to accost, annoy, degrade or demean” another person.  In was introduced by Democrat (figures) Dan Hunt – who claims that his piece of … uh … legislation is in the same tradition as laws against indecent exposure.  The entire concept would make a great satirical article in The Onion, but this is serious public policy – Massachusetts variety.

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At least the legislators in the Bay State will allow the members of the British Kennel Club to openly refer to those prize female canines as “bitches.”  It is unclear at this point whether the ban would include telling a person to “stop bitching.”  Would it apply to the word being used at objects of situations, such as: “That’s a bitch?”  Does it apply when addressed to oneself, as in, “I have a bitch of a headache.”

Would it apply if used indirectly? What if you call someone a “son of a…” – or use that term when you hit you finger with the hammer?   I have often heard gay men refer to “bitch slapping” someone.  I have also heard a few feminists refer to themselves as “tough bitches” – or some variation of that theme.

Well, you can see that there is a lot of clarifications that will be needed if this legislation goes forward in January as scheduled.  Whether this gets enacted into law or not – and it is unthinkable that it would – the very idea that a bunch of grown people would even consider this silliness is enough condemnation of the current state of political correctness thinking.

And what does this mean for the folks at Bitch Magazine?  That is right.  There is really such a publication.  It is part of a bitch-based media empire – well okay, a small empire – called BitchMedia.

BitchMedia is the work of the hardcore ladies of the left-wing – and Bitch Magazine is only part of a broad (oops!) media empire – so to speak — that includes a bitch website, bitch podcasts, and even a bitch section at a library in their headquarters city of Portland, Oregon.  Apparently, you can actually go to the library to check out the Bitch philosophy.

Obviously, I would be derelict in my duty as a commentator if I did not check out the BitchMedia website.  In an attempt to explain the serious intent of their media efforts, one of the founding … uh … ladies said that the offense word was selected as the keystone moniker of their particular feminist brand in order to take the sting out of the word – to normalize it.

I’m confused.  If these women are successful in normalizing the word, does that mean it can be brought into common use by genteel people?  If the ladies of Bitch are successful, would it be acceptable to compliment a woman by referring to her as an “intelligent bitch?”  Does that mean we can use the word on future Mother’s Day cards – honoring the bitch that bore me?  I don’t know … that just does not seem right.

On the other hand, the ladies of Bitch may have already succeeded in normalizing the word.  One company produces a line of Bitch cosmetics and there are innumerable tchotchke items – like coffee mugs – with such appellations as “One Cranky Bitch.”

Hunt claims that he introduced the bill on behalf of a constituent.  But who could possibly think such a law would be a good idea?   Hunt pointed to Takiyah White, a community service worker in Dorchester.

This snowflake says that she hears the word every day and is hurt by it.  She considers the word to be “harassment.” Since I hang with a lot of guys and rarely hear the word, perhaps White should keep better company.

Not only is the left divided between Boston and Portland, but the civil libertarian community is very opposed to the legislation.  In the unlikely chance that the bill is enacted into law, you can bet there would be a constitutional challenge – and if the First Amendment has not been repealed, a successful constitutional challenge.

When you think about stuff like this, it is such a … oh, never mind.

So, there ‘tis

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  1. Rick
    Rick November 03, 22:01

    What word is next? Asshole maybe?
    My ex-wife called me asshole so much I thought it was a term of endearment.

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