One happens to be a proper name.
that's spot on! Thank goodness c*** isn't anyones name.
Not sure what to do about this Pete
Not sure what to do about this Pete
yes this is a serious dilemma indeed and certtainly an in-a-crotch catch by peter.
the situation potentially affects everyone and may be a cause for pubic alarm!
cockfights , people keep organizing and attending them....
Nah, PC is all about "in case of doubt, cut it out". That's why in this game they censor words as harmless as after (means 'anus' in German), potion (no pot heads allowed) and lul (means 'dick' in Dutch).
Word's meanings are governed by timing of an era. For example, when I was a child and read several books such as Lady Chatterly's Lover by DH Lawrence, I discovered the word C*** to depict an exciting erotic image not a derogatory word. Only years later in school was I convinced that I was blessed with a "formal education" on such matters at such a young age.
It is a shame that young people today especially have lost the endeament of certain words and instead use them to offend or degrade others. I have the antidote however, and have "utilized" it many a time. That is, to indoctrinate those you meet with the thirst not just for knowledge of science, literature, nature and of course raw vegan nutrition and disease elimination, but also some great works (there are many) that tend to "educate" our, shall we say, sometimes unconcious thirst for carnal knowledge! The results will be postive when the "playing field" is narrowed down a bit. Then when we hear others abusing the language, we will not be offended just feel sorry that they are the true victims... since they lack complete knowledge of the beauty of life and how to communicate it.
I'm not sure where, I think in Mass., a law was recently passed that says public cursing will bring a $20 fine. It will be interesting to know what is considered cursing.
Excellent replies y'all. I am not actually concerned about this; I kind of just wanted to gauge people's thoughts on censorship inequality in general. Unfortunately, this particular example is a bad one, as dick is, in fact, a proper name.
Chris Califano, your perspective interests me. We have one school of thought that says "Don't use X word, it has a bad connotation. It furthers misogyny/racism/discrimination against the differently abled/etc." C*** is a great example that you gave. We have another school of thought that says "As long as perjoratives exist, words will continually be corrupted with negative connotations, and we will slowly lose more and more of the language to colloquial perjorative." Both schools of thought are, of course, completely valid and have concerns that should be addressed.
For instance, in the disability studies field, "disabled" is a swear word to some, as is "retarded" (which has a legitimate meaning, unfortunately) and thus we lose words that would otherwise be used to eloquently describe a particular concept. Language in general suffers since, as we know, limiting language limits thought. A long time ago, you could use faggot to describe a bundle of sticks. You can still kind of use gay to say happy, since it has not quite sunk to perjorative status. Ooh, faggot isn't censored. Note that I am not picking on this forum's censorship at all; just talking about the subject in general. Don't worry freelee I am not trying to start any fites :D
Thank you for this intelligent response;
You described the rationale behind anti-censorship in a very effective way.
I think the best thing to do is try to create a more tolerant and compassionate world from the roots up, but, of course, that's a lot harder to do than to just pick one thing, target it, and try to get rid of it (even if that thing will sooner or later be replaced - in fact, even better, the replacement gives people more myopic things to focus their energy on!)
Perhaps "dick" is not because it is used as a name. Short for Richard.